The ATA’s Policy and Research team undertakes research, policy analysis and advocacy on behalf of consumers in the energy, water and transport markets.
The team also offers project consulting services to a large range of commercial, government and community clients on the economic, technical, regulatory and operational aspects of efficient and environmentally effective technology and consumer behaviour.
Our objective is to empower our project partners and consumers at all levels to utilise cost-effective, efficient and environmentally sustainable technology as part of the day-to-day management of their households, businesses and communities.
In the National Electricity Market, the ATA is a formally recognised Consumer Advocacy organisation, and has been active and effective in energy market policy and regulatory issues over the past ten years. As part of our ongoing consumer advocacy work, the Policy and Research team is a participant member of the National Consumer Roundtable on Energy.
Over the past five years, there has been significant change in the energy market – particularly in the relationships between technology, economics and consumer behaviour. A real opportunity is emerging in Australia for energy consumers to be more engaged with the energy market and in their demand for energy services. The ATA believes that consumers can drive the type of change that is required for a more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable energy system.
The ATA’s research, policy analysis and consulting advice draws upon the experience and knowledge of ATA members. Though our membership is diverse, many members are of above-average energy literacy and are early adopters of new and emerging technology. They are keen supporters of demand-side participation in the energy, water and transport markets and are only too keen to share their knowledge for the benefit of others in the community.
Click on the following links to see examples of the Policy and Research team’s work: