From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

Who will get the nod? One of the major recommendations to come from the Finkel review into Australia's energy market was the establishment of the Energy Security Board, which would be tasked with implementing the recommendations, to report to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) energy council. The board would have a number of functions, including "responsibility for the implementation of the blueprint and for providing whole-of-system oversight for energy security and reliability". So it's a pretty big deal. The Finkel report recommended that the board have an independent chair and deputy chair. A tipster tells us that the shortlist of names for chair won't be much of a surprise to those familiar with the energy area. It includes recently retired chief of staff to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Drew Clarke, along with former industry minister Ian Macfarlane.