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Vulnerable consumers in energy retail markets: BSL Lunchtime Seminar

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 28th, 2013

29 August , 2013
12:00 pmto1:00 pm
The Brotherhood of St Laurence Research & Policy Centre Lunchtime seminar series

Presenter: Dr Gill Owen, Research Program Leader (Consumers and Energy Markets), Monash Sustainability Institute

Energy retail markets have been open to competition in the UK and Australia for a number of years. Price de-regulation is also a feature in the UK and in some Australian states. Many customers have benefitted from competition in energy retail markets but there have also been some concerns, particularly about vulnerable customers and “sticky customers” – those who do not switch. Over a number of years the UK regulator has developed proposals to improve the way the market works for customers. This presentation will explore some of the UK developments and the differences and similarities between the UK and Australia, particularly in terms of the impacts on vulnerable customers.

Dr Gill Owen is Research Program Leader (Consumers and Energy Markets) at Monash Sustainability Institute. She is also a member of the Australian Energy Regulator’s Consumer Challenge Panel. Gill moved to Australia in August 2012 and has published extensively on energy efficiency, smart meters, electricity demand response and fuel poverty. Until her departure from the UK Gill was also: a Non-Executive Director of the England and Wales water regulator Ofwat; a member of Ofgem’s (Great Britain energy regulator) Consumer Challenge Group for the Distribution and Transmission Price Reviews; a member of the UK Government’s Smart Meters Consumer Advisory Group; Vice Chair of the UK Government’s Fuel Poverty Advisory Group. She was a Commissioner of the UK’s Competition Commission for ten years until 2002 and was also previously a non-executive board member of Ofgem.

Thursday 29 August at 12noon-1pm, at the Brotherhood, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy in Father Tucker’s Room
RSVP via the website.

Energy & Water Consumption Displays (and other good things) in a Melbourne Apartment Building

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 22nd, 2012

4 September , 2012
9:30 amto12:30 pm

As the first Green Star Multi-Unit Residential certified project in Victoria, Convesso’s 4 Star Green Star rating represents ‘best practice’ in sustainable construction, with green features including:

  • In-home energy and water consumption displays that give occupants access to real time or historic usage data;
  • Energy efficient lighting and appliances;
  • Water efficient fixtures and fittings;
  • High performance glaze;
  • Superior acoustic treatment; and
  • Ample natural light.

Join a GBCA (Green Building Council Australia) tour for to see these ESD features and more in action prior to full occupation of the development.

Date: Tuesday 4 September 2012

  • Tour 1: 9.30 – 10.30am
  • Tour 2: 10.30 – 1.30am
  • Tour 3: 11.30 – 12.30pm

Location: 1 Waterside Place VICTORIA HARBOUR VIC 3000
Tickets: Member Individual $55
Non-Member Individual $95

>>Book a place on the tour

Embodied energy & recycling notes from last workshop

Posted in Events by on August 14th, 2008

Please find below an invitation to the next Insulation Workshop, Get ClimateWise Now!.

Date: Thursday August 21st 2008
Time: 6.45pm for a 7pm start, Finish at 9pm.
Location: Council Chambers, 699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster

Please book ahead
by calling Kelly Trainer 9840 9129
email eepadmin

If you haven’t Calculated your CO2 emissions bring in your gas and electricity bills and we’ll work it out for you

To work out your personal carbon emmissions with the Carbon Equity calculator. The CO2 calculator addresss is:
You will need your last gas and electricity bill. On the bill will be a years worth of daily energy consumption in the form of a bar graph. Take the average of the bars and multiply by 365 to get your usage figure for the year and enter it into the CO2 calculator.

Note: if you are on Green power there is a section to put in the percentage as written on the bill.

For those who have completed this one, the next CO2 calculation includes food and the web address is:

Bring the results along to the next Get ClimateWise Now workshop (Thurs Jun 19)
or send your completed CO2 audits to the organisers via post or email a copy.

Bill Pemberton, Conservation Officer (consultant)

Climate Positive