Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) Chairman, John Pierce, has announced the appointment of a new Commissioner to the AEMC, following the retirement of Brian Spalding.

The COAG Energy Council announced on 2 May 2019 that Ms Merryn York will join the Australian Energy Market Commission in late August, following the retirement of Mr Spalding in April 2019. The appointment returns the total number of AEMC Commissioners to five.

Ms York has served as Powerlink’s Chief Executive since 2011 and was a member of the Reliability Panel from December 2012 to December 2015. Before joining Powerlink in 1995 she worked for the Queensland Electricity Commission.

“In addition to Merryn’s qualifications in electrical engineering and wealth of experience in system planning and operations, her familiarity with the AEMC and its processes should result in a seamless transition,” AEMC Chairman, John Pierce, said.

“Merryn brings to the role a consumer focus and firsthand understanding of the market participant’s experience in the transforming energy sector, which will complement the broad skill sets of her Commission colleagues.”

Commenting on her appointment, Ms York said that she is looking forward to her new role as a Commissioner at the Australian Energy Market Commission and her involvement in the challenges of the rapidly changing energy sector.

Ms York’s five year term commences on 25 August 2019.

“On behalf of the current Commissioners, our Chief Executive Anne Pearson and the AEMC’s staff, I would like to congratulate Merryn on her appointment and this new chapter in her career,” Mr Pierce said.

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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