Australian Institute o f Energy

Leadership in Energy

South Australia - Households and the Energy Market – Towards Energy Democracy?

Venue: The Ballroom, Ayers House, 288 North Terrace, Adelaide, SA

Date: Thu 22 Jun 2017 @12.15 for 12:30 start finish at 14:00

Households and the Energy Market – Towards Energy Democracy?

Business luncheon: Thursday 22nd June 2017

Digitisation and the shift towards a decentralised energy system is one of the current trends in the energy industry. Electricity retailers and suppliers are moving towards providing households with more control over their electricity use by offering solar PV and energy storage systems, together with in-home displays, online tools and apps.

Trials are underway for peer-to-peer energy trading and for household participation in the grid services market with full cost disclosure to spot prices in the market.

What might make participation of households unattractive to them or inefficient overall – and therefore what needs to be done to optimise the operation of these technologies with the grid in order to lower total electricity system costs and avoid inequitable distributional effects? What are the arguments for and against this?

Dr Muriel Watt: Head, Energy Policy & PV, ITP Renewables

Dr Watt is an internationally leading expert in energy policy and solar photo-voltaics. Until recently she was part-time Associate Professor, School of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering, University of NSW, and currently is a member of the ARENA Advisory Panel.

Past appointments include Australian representative on the Executive Committee of the International Energy Agency Photovoltaics Power Systems Programme (PVPS), Chair of the Australian PV Institute, Member of the Australian Government Enterprise Connect Clean Technology Advisory Committee, Member of the ASI Advisory Committee, Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society and Chair of the Policy Group for the Australian CRC for Renewable Energy.

She has extensively consulted on PV research, development, commercialisation and policy, and prepared Australia’s annual PV report from 1995-2014. Dr Watt will examine the arguments for consumers participating in energy markets.

Lance Hoch: Executive Director, Oakley Greenwood

Mr Hoch has over 25 years of experience in policy, regulation and business strategy for electricity and gas distribution and retail businesses. He most recently served as Vice President with CRA International.

In Australia he has advised policy makers, regulatory authorities and deregulated electricity and gas businesses in a number of areas including regulatory strategy, tariff design, improving the commercial basis on which internal utility operations are undertaken, demand management and energy efficiency for improved financial and technical operation, business strategy development and implementation, and customer interactions. Mr Hoch will examine the arguments against consumers participating in energy markets.


Members: $90

Non-members: $120

Retired and Student Members: $50

Student non-members: $65

Corporate Tables: (8 or more): $105 per person (GST inc) 

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