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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.

Variability and trends in the Australian wave climate and consequent coastal vulnerability

Posted in Research by Maeztri on November 14th, 2008

This abstract was recently listed on Australian Policy Online. To see the original document visit Variability and trends in the Australian wave climate and consequent coastal vulnerability

Variability and trends in the Australian wave climate and consequent coastal vulnerability
M. A. Hemer and others / CSIRO for the Department of Climate Change
Posted: 27-10-2008

Changing wind systems projected to occur with climate change will alter the surface ocean wave energy felt on Australia’s coasts. These changes must be quantified in order to assess the ocean wave resources available for renewable energy generation, and to determine how any changes will affect Australia’s coastal infrastructure and environment. The Department of Climate Change and CSIRO Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship funded this study to describe Australias ocean wave climate and identify the trends and year-to-year changes in Australias offshore wave climate, including an estimate of the range of the extremes. Possible impacts of changing ocean waves in the coastal zone are: coastal inundation during severe storm events through the combined effects of sea-level rise, storm surge, and ocean waves. chronic coastal erosion brought about by large wave events, or changes in wave direction shifting coastal sand and sediment sea-bed disturbance impacting sub-tidal habitats. The study has the effects of increasing our understanding of the potential impacts of these processes. Additionally, the study has quantified the wave power in Australian waters available for electricity generation, which has the potential to reduce emissions and reduce any negative impacts of climate change.
To read the full document download Variability and trends in the Australian wave climate and consequent coastal vulnerability.