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As power prices soar, we need a concerted effort to tackle energy poverty

4 Jul 2018
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Energy pricing is complicated and confusing, as a forthcoming report from the Australian consumer watchdog makes clear.

Soaring prices over the past decade have left many households struggling to heat or cool their homes. Energy poverty is no longer restricted to a few older or low-income householders.

The growth in green technologies such as rooftop solar are welcome and should make energy more affordable and sustainable.

But our recent research shows that current market-based approaches to encourage these technologies risk inadvertently exacerbating energy poverty in the process. We need new policy approaches that tackle both energy injustice and help us transition to a low carbon society at the same time.

Read the full article on The Conversation.

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