Conference to examine utility reforms

The affordability of essential services for NSW households is the subject of a major community conference to be held in Sydney tomorrow which will bring together community, industry and Government representatives.

The conference organisers, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), say that continued reforms to the State’s energy and water industries are likely to have a damaging impact on some households, especially those with low-incomes.

‘A more commercial focus by publicly owned utilities is creating real challenges for the community’ said Jim Wellsmore, Senior Policy Officer with PIAC.

‘The basic problem remains of how consumers can pay for essential services. It is clear that many in the community will see the price of their essential services continue to rise’.

The conference is to be held on Wednesday, 6 October from 9.15 at the NSW State Library, Metcalfe Auditorium.

Speakers will include :

  • David Nemtzow (Director-General, Department of Energy, Utilities and Sustainability)
    NSW Government policies for essential services and households

  • Russell Skelton (NSW Treasury)
    Reforms to the national energy market

  • Adrian Kemp (Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal)
    Household useage patterns of energy and water

  • Maree Langmore (Researcher)
    Electricity prices and household responses

  • Demand Management Panel
    Academic and two industry representatives

MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic O’Grady, Media and Communications Officer,

Public Interest Advocacy Centre. Ph: 02 8898 6532 or 0400 110 169

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