Fed National Energy Guarantee (NEG) (2017)

Policy Description

The National Energy Guarantee (NEG) was an energy policy proposed by the Turnbull Government in October 2017, which imposed two obligations on energy retailers. The ‘emissions obligation’ set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the electricity sector by 26% on 2005 levels by 2030. The ‘reliability obligation’ required retailers to supply sufficient quantities of reliable, dispatchable power to the market.

InfluenceMap Query

Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies; GHG Emission Regulation

Policy Status

Inactive: Abandoned

Lobbying Overview

  • The evidence collected on corporate and industry lobbying on Australia’s NEG from 2017-2020 indicates that most of the corporate engagements with the policy have been mixed. The largely represents entities which supported the NEG but did not take a clear position on the level of GHG target under the emissions obligation.
  • InfluenceMap did not find any evidence of opposition to the NEG, but there were 25 cases of entities lobbying for provisions to weaken the scheme, including support for GHG targets below 26% and exemptions for EITE industries.
  • InfluenceMap found 28 cases of positive lobbying on the NEG with Origin Energy Clean Energy Council and Energy Efficiency Council advocating for GHG targets in line with the Climate Change Authority’s recommendations (45 to 63% by 2030) and/or net zero emissions by 2050.

Evidence Profile


Policy Progress

In 2018, the Energy Security Board held a public stakeholder forum, and received over 100 submissions from industry and other organizations to a consultation paper on the proposed policy. The NEG was subsequently abandoned in 2018, although the reliability component was revived and legislated in 2019 under the federal Retailer Reliability Obligation.

Entities Engaged on Policy

The table below lists the entities tracked by InfluenceMap which have publicly engaged with the policy. InfluenceMap tracks around 300 companies and 150 industry associations globally. Each entity links back to the entities’ full InfluenceMap profile, where the evidence of its engagement can be found.

Influencemap Performance BandOrganizationEngagement Intensity
D+BHP41Metals & MiningOceania
D-ConocoPhillips38EnergyNorth America
C+AGL Australia34UtilitiesOceania
C-Origin Energy40EnergyOceania
C-Business Council of Australia48All SectorsOceania
E+Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA)39EnergyOceania
E+Minerals Council of Australia (MCA)46Metals & MiningOceania
E+Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry19All SectorsOceania
CAustralian Industry Group (Ai Group)53All SectorsOceania