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Foresighting Forum

Our annual forum brings together the whole energy sector to work collaboratively on key issues affecting the long term interests of consumers.

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We bring together...

State and federal governments, regulators , community organisations, traditional and new energy businesses, and representatives of all energy consumers in the National Energy Market.

Together we...

Collectively identify and understand difficult and complex problems. Working from a position of principles and evidence, we collaborate to find solutions that shape the policy, regulatory and market decisions to promote the long term interests of energy consumers.

We do this because...

Working through the policy, regulatory and market decisions needed to meet energy consumer expectations at no more cost than is necessary is crucial to the long term resilience of the energy sector and will be at the core of a successful transition for the energy sector, consumers and small businesses.

Highlights

Collaborating to solve wicked problems in the energy sector.

Discussing consumer satisfaction, confidence, intentions and experience.

Understanding the focus and forward agenda of the COAG Energy Council.

Foresighting Forum 2018

Foresighting Forum 2018

Registrations are now open for Foresighting Forum 2018.

Energy Consumers Australia’s annual Foresighting Forum is our flagship event that brings together senior representatives from across the energy sector to work on the issues affecting consumers and small business.

“Australia’s electricity affordability issues have been a long time in the making and will be a long time in the solving” Rod Sims, Chair ACCC, September 2017

The central theme for Foresighting Forum 2018 is “Take charge: Shifting power to consumers in the using, making and trading of energy”.

Register now to join the Australian energy sector’s best and brightest for two days of knowledge-sharing.

When: Wednesday 28th February and Thursday 1st March 2018
Where: Aerial Conference Centre, University of Technology Sydney, 235 Jones St, Ultimo
Who: YOU, plus other VIPs

Sessions include:

  • Better retail outcomes for consumers
  • Using energy efficiently – enabling consumer behaviour change
  • The affordability challenge – comfortable homes, competitive businesses
  • Reliability – keeping the power on
  • Consumers selling and trading energy – new markets and new services
  • Confirmed speakers include:

  • Ian Kay, CFO, Australian Renewable Energy Agency
  • Clare Savage, Deputy Chair, Energy Security Board
  • Paula Conboy, Chair, Australian Energy Regulator
  • John Pierce, Chair, Australian Energy Market Commission
  • Alan Kirkland, CEO, CHOICE
  • Janine Young, Energy and Water Ombudsman, NSW
  • Larissa Nichols, Research Fellow in the Beyond Behaviour Change research program at RMIT
  • Lauren Solomon, CEO, Consumer Policy Research Centre
  • Gerard Brody, CEO, Consumer Action Law Centre
  • Gavin Dufty, Manager Policy and Research, St Vincent de Paul Society
  • Peter Strong, CEO, Council of Small Businesses of Australia
  • Steve Blume, President, Smart Energy Council
  • Ash Salardini, Chief Economist, NSW Farmers Association
  • Rob Murray-Leach, Head of Policy, Energy Efficiency Council
  • Neil Lessem, Senior Associate, The Brattle Group
  • Over 150 participants will explore, from a consumer perspective, the opportunities and challenges for consumers to manage their energy bills now, as well as the policies and reforms that over the longer-term will be necessary to make energy affordable and reliable, as well as to spur innovation.

    Day One will start at the ground level, unpacking the issues consumers are facing now, and moving on to exploring the role that energy efficiency and energy management technology, services and support can and must play in the successful transformation of the sector.

    Day Two will zoom out, exploring the linkages between new opportunities for consumers, including the potential for selling and trading energy, with the work being undertaken through the Energy Council to safeguard reliability and affordability.

    We invite all parts of the sector – advocates, retailers, networks, academics, innovators, industry, governments, regulators, anyone with an interest in working to help consumers take charge of their energy use and bills – to attend.

    *Please note that the confirmed speakers are subject to change.

    To buy tickets and secure your place, visit the registration page.

    2017 Highlights

    Malcolm Alder: Consumers driving transformation

    Malcolm Alder: Consumers driving transformation

    Malcolm Alder from Energy Consumers Australia: Presentation slides.

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    Andrew McKenna: What the research is telling us

    Andrew McKenna: What the research is telling us

    Andrew McKenna from Business SA: Presentation slides.

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    Lynne Gallagher: What the research is telling us

    Lynne Gallagher: What the research is telling us

    Lynne Gallagher from Energy Consumers Australia: Presentation slides.

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    Chris Alexander: Choice Collaboration

    Chris Alexander: Choice Collaboration

    Chris Alexander from Energy Consumers Australia: Presentation slides.

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    Lynne Gallagher: Consumer participation and protection

    Lynne Gallagher: Consumer participation and protection

    Lynne Gallagher from Energy Consumers Australia: Presentation slides.

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    Gerard Brody: Power Transformed

    Gerard Brody: Power Transformed

    Gerard Brody from Consumer Action: Presentation slides.

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    David Havyatt: Collaboration in the energy sector

    David Havyatt: Collaboration in the energy sector

    David Havyatt from Energy Consumers Australia: Presentation slides.

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    Nefley Hetherington: Collaboration in the energy sector

    Nefley Hetherington: Collaboration in the energy sector

    Nefley Hetherington from Energy Consumers Australia: Presentation slides.

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    Ben Wilson: Making Change Happen

    Ben Wilson: Making Change Happen

    Ben Wilson from Australian Gas Networks: Presentation slides.

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    Frank Tudor: Making Change Happen

    Frank Tudor: Making Change Happen

    Frank Tudor from Horizon Power: Presentation slides.

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    Foresighting Forum 2017 - Working notes

    Foresighting Forum 2017 - Working notes

    Working group notes from the collaborative sessions.

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