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BCEC The Road to Low Carbon Energy: Impacts on WA Households

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The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC) invites you to the next workshop in the WA in the Spotlight workshop series.

Event details

This workshop will focus on the topic of energy poverty and will feature key findings from a BCEC-funded project on ‘Energy poverty in WA’ led by Dr Tom Houghton, Director of the MBA (Oil and Gas), Curtin University Graduate School of Business. Tom will present his findings, with complementary presentations by two key investigators of this project including Professor Peter Newman, and Jemma Green, Curtin University Humanities Research and Graduate Studies.

Friday 17 June 2016
8.45am to 12.00pm
Bankwest Place, 300 Murray Street, Perth WA 6000
There is no charge to attend this event, but registrations are essential
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This WA in the Spotlight workshop aims to shed light on the impact that efforts to lower carbon emissions are having on WA households. Many are benefiting from a “climate change dividend” as they switch to more energy efficient appliances and install solar panels as a means to reduce energy consumption and bills.

By contrast, the most vulnerable in society are often unable to access these benefits, owing to their income status or housing tenure, and may actually see their energy bills increasing as fuel prices rise and measures to price carbon take effect. Bringing together experts from academia, industry and government, we explore the effects of decarbonisation and rising energy costs across different household types and discuss the implications for future policy.


We are delighted to announce the panel for this workshop who will offer their perspective on the topic of energy and poverty and further contribute in a Q&A session. WACOSS Director of Social Policy, Chris Twomey and Deputy Director General, Department of Finance – ‎Government of Western Australia, Ray Challen.


Please ensure you confirm any dietary requirements, as these are not able to be catered on the day.

About the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre

The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre is an independent economic and social research organisation located within the Curtin Business School at Curtin University. The Centre was established in 2012 through the generous support from Bankwest (a division of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia), with a core mission to examine the key economic and social policy issues that contribute to the sustainability of Western Australia and the wellbeing of WA households. For information, please visit the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre website.