Conference aims to tackle electricity prices

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Parliament House will host a one-day conference tomorrow (September 13) that aims to address the rising price of energy in the home.

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and Choice have come together to present Energy at home: Current issues for consumers.

Talks throughout the day will address the current situation, looking at the increasingly complex products on the market.

According to a statement released today: "Australian energy prices are rising fast ‐ faster than inflation, faster than incomes, and faster than in other advanced economies.

"The program features an overview of forces affecting retail energy bills and other developments in the market, and then turns to the future - can anything be done about trends to increasing consumption and increasing bills?"

The conference is open to policymakers, industry representatives and consumer advocates.

Panels will include representatives from the University of Technology, the Clean Energy Council and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Electricity suppliers will also be represented, with AGL Energy participating in the What's happening and why? panel.

A focus on clean energy technologies is anticipated, with the Institute for Sustainable Futures also in attendance for a talk that looks at energy options over the coming decades.