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PODCAST EP 3 | Pathways to energy equity and achieving a just transition

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PODCAST EP 3 | Pathways to energy equity and achieving a just transition

 

Amid a cost-of-living crisis, rising energy bills, an abandonment of gas, and a lack of social license for big transmission projects with huge cost overruns, what more needs to be done to put the customer at the centre of the energy transition? Do consumers at all levels understand the role they have to play in the energy transition? Are large energy users genuinely engaged, and what can utilities do to bring everyone on the journey?

For our first episode of 2024, we chat with utility experts and discuss what just transition should mean for utilities, large energy users and customers. Addressing the challenges impeding to ensure an equitable pathway to net zero for all. We get real on energy equity and examine the scorecard to assess whether utilities are curating a just environment.

 

 

Meet your hosts:

 

Paul Mathers, Event Director, Power + Utilities Australia

Paul has managed more than fifteen different B2B and B2C exhibition brands in Australia and abroad over his 20-year career.  Having cut his teeth at dmg world media before moving to Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, previous achievements as an Event Director include Motorclassica, which he founded and managed for 10 years. As well as the National 4×4 Outdoor Show, the Australian Construction Equipment Expo, designEX and the RACV Melbourne Home Show.  In the energy industry he has managed international sales and sponsorships for both the World Gas Conference and LNG Conference & Exhibition.

Outside of work, Paul is active in the international classic and collectable car movement. He is also a regular contributor to Retromotive magazine. Plus has been a casual lecturer in event management at Victoria University.

David Prins. Director, Etrog Consulting

David Prins, a highly experienced consultant and project manager, possesses extensive international consulting experience and expertise in legal, regulatory, and commercial issues. He has a keen understanding and twenty-two years of practical experience spanning four continents, specialising in the application of effective regulation and competition in electricity and gas industries.

David has provided advice to public and private sector clients – industry participants, governments, regulators and consumer organisations. Much of his most recent work has involved advice on smart metering in energy and water industries, and on energy pricing and margins.

He is a member of the Australian Energy Regulator’s Consumer Challenge Panel. His role is to help ensure that decisions on energy network costs across Australia incorporate the interests of consumers.

 

Meet your guests:

 

Charlotte Eddy, General Manager Regulation (Distribution), Ausnet

Charlotte is an economist by background and has 11 years of experience working in economic regulation, policy reform and regulatory compliance at AusNet Services. Ausnet is an integrated energy utility spanning gas and electricity distribution and electricity transmission.

She is an advocate of the role of quality customer engagement and research in informing network plans and positions. During her tenure she led AusNet’s participation in the innovative ‘NewReg’ regulatory engagement trial.

She currently leads the electricity distribution price review for 2026-31. And has been focused on the role of electricity distribution in the energy transition and how networks need to evolve to promote a smooth and affordable transition for all customers.

Gavin Dufty, Executive Manager Policy and Research, St Vincent de Paul Society

Gavin is a consumer representative in the energy sector. He has undertaken research into electricity disconnections, changes in energy pricing and proposed rule changes. He has also been involved in the development of state and federal energy consumer protection and concession frameworks.

Gavin is currently a representative on a number of industry and government committees. This includes: gas and electricity distribution companies’ customer consultative committees; the AER’s / ESC customer consultative group. Plus AEMO’s Social Licence Advisory Group and a Board member of Energy Consumers Australia.

 

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You can also hear from David and Gavin at our exhibition and summit next 7 – 8 May! Register free online for the exhibition and book your summit delegate pass. Hear them and 100+ utility experts speak on the latest trends and topics in energy this May.

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