The transition from fossil-fuel-based energy systems to a largely renewable energy future has potentially huge social and economic implications. This is particularly true for Australia – a country with enormous renewable energy potential, but with a history of fossil-fuel-intensive energy use, approaching 90% in the electricity sector.
This symposium examines how the energy transformation will affect social equity, and whether the transformation process can be harnessed to reduce, rather than exacerbate, social inequities in Australia. We will examine social equity in energy supply (including community engagement in energy development), energy consumption (such as the social implications of the ‘electricity death spiral’) and the haves and have-nots of energy prosumers.
The symposium will bring together experts from government, business, community groups, think-tanks and academia to discuss challenges and strategies for one of the most important social transformations of modern times.
Keynote speakers: David Schlosberg, Professor of Environmental Politics, University of Sydney and Michelle Groves, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Energy Regulator.
There will be three sessions:
- Social Equity in Energy Supply
- Social Equity in Energy Consumption
- The Emerging Role of Energy Prosumers
The above session will be followed by a concluding summation, and networking high tea kindly sponsored by Future Earth Australia.
Cost: $400.00 per person.
Concession tickets ($100) are available for those who are unwaged, hold a Health Care card or are full-time students. This event is free for Energy Change Institute members. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange payment at the discount rate or to register as an ECI member.