Role of Government in the Energy Sector
03 September 2013
Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre
Join CEDA as the Minister for Energy, the Hon. Mike Nahan MLA, and a panel of experts discuss the role that the government currently plays, and should play, in Western Australia's energy sector. Who should foot the bill for investment in new technologies and infrastructure - the State Government, the taxpayers directly, energy companies, or public private partnerships (PPPs)?
It is clear that state's energy supply must diversify. Approximately 65 per cent of WA's power is generated from natural gas. Since the mid-1980s, WA has experienced cheap gas prices but these have recently increased, the state is now also one of the highest-priced electricity markets globally.
It is time to change the WA energy sector's ownership and regulatory structures? Or should the government continue to have a monopoly?
Should consumers be given more choice of supplier? Can the private sector play a role beyond generation of electricity?
MEET THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Hon. Mike Nahan MLA, Minister for Energy; Finance; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests, Government of Western Australia
MEET THE SPEAKERS
Mark Chatfield, Director, ACIL Allen Consulting
Brian Hahn, President, ATCO Gas Australia Pty Ltd
Richard Harris, Chairman, WA Independent Power Association Inc.
Lyndon Rowe, Chairman, Economic Regulation Authority
Committee for Economic Development of Australia
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