Energy at home: Current issues for consumers: Tuesday 13 September

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Prices, products, pressures, protections. And politics.

A briefing and discussion For legislators, policy makers, industry, consumer advocates.

Australian energy prices are rising fast – faster than inflation, faster than wages, and faster than in other advanced economies. The energy market and its products are becoming more complex. Find out why and what this means for Australian households. Consider what can be done in response, what the future might look like and factors for consideration in policy making.

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Energy is an essential household service. ACOSS and CHOICE present a one day conference about current issues in energy for the residential consumer. The program features an overview of forces affecting retail energy bills and other developments in the market, and then turns to the future; can anything be done about trends to increasing consumption and increasing bills?

Programme

Session 1: What’s happening and why?

  • Paul Simshauser, Chief Economist and Group Head of Corporate Affairs, AGL Energy
  • Matt Levey, Head of Campaigns, CHOICE
  • Clare Petre, Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW

Session 2: What can be done? in the short term?

  • Lauren Solomon, Policy Manager, Clean Energy Council
  • Tony Westmore, Senior Policy Advisor, ACOSS
  • Tony Wood, Program Director Energy, Grattan Institute

Session 3: What can be done? in the longer term?

  • Chris Dunstan, Research Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Iain MacGill, Joint Director, Centre for Environment & Energy Markets, University of New South Wales
  • John Pierce, Chairman, Australian Energy Market Commission

Registration: to register online go here or email your details to tony.westmore@acoss.org.au

Fees: parliamentarians and advisors no charge, government and corporate $150, not-for profit $50

Enquiries: email info@acoss.org.au, phone 02 9310 6200

Presented by: ACOSS – acoss.org.au and CHOICE – choice.com.au

Parliament House, Canberra

Tuesday 13 September, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

 

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