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Foresighting Forum 2018: Speaker & program information


Energy Consumers Australia

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 households and small businesses.

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.

Foresighting Forum 2018
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

We are excited to announce some of our confirmed speakers:

  • 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.

If you have questions or would like more information, please email events@energyconsumersaustralia.com.au.

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