The postulate of universal local Weyl scaling (conformal) symmetry modifies both general relativity and the Higgs scalar field model. The conformal Higgs model (CHM) acquires a cosmological effect that fits the observed accelerating Hubble expansion for redshifts (Formula presented.) (7.33 Gyr) accurately with only one free constant parameter. Conformal gravity (CG) has recently been fitted to anomalous rotation data for 138 galaxies. Conformal theory explains dark energy and does not require dark matter, providing a viable alternative to the standard ΛCDM paradigm. The theory precludes a massive Higgs particle but validates a composite gauge field (Formula presented.) with mass 125 GeV.