National Forum: Expanding Local Renewable Electricity for Households, Precincts and Communities

Wednesday, June 6, 2018, Michael Hintze Theatre LG03, Tyree Energy Technologies Building, UNSW Sydney, Kensington

Australia’s electricity industry needs to change dramatically to ensure the country’s transition to a low-carbon future.

Local renewable energy networks and generators like households, precincts and community groups have the capacity to disrupt the electricity sector and contribute to positive national and global impacts, but existing institutions and business models are slowing their growth.

This National Forum will examine the barriers to expanding grid-connected small and medium-scale renewable electricity by focusing on institutional issues including pricing and tariffs, business models, legalities, regulations and standards and organisational structures.

The Forum will also consider how new institutions and technologies have the potential to manage renewable energy supply and demand in real time, offering new options for prosumers and ensuring Australia’s transition to an electricity system that’s geographically distributed, environmentally sound and less expensive.

Topics to be discussed include:

• Community renewable energy projects

• Local electricity trading

• Electricity tariffs for purchase from the grid and feed-in to the grid

• Virtual power plants

Speakers include:

The Hon. Robert Hill AC, Chairman of CRC for Low Carbon Living
Simon Corbell, Victorian Renewable Energy Advocate
Dr Renate Egan, Chair of Australian Photovoltaics Institute and Cofounder and Chair of Solar Analytics Pty Ltd
Dean Spaccavento, Cofounder and CEO of Reposit Power
Dr Anna Bruce, School of Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering, UNSW
Dr Sven Teske, Research Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney
Elizabeth Tomc, University of Sydney
Katharine Hole, Executive Director, Energy Strategy, Energy, Water & Portfolio Strategy, NSW Department of Planning & Environment
Marija Petkovic, Founder & Managing Director, Energy Synapse
Alison Crook AO, Chair of Directors, Enova Energy Pty Ltd
Dr Robert Passey, Senior Research Associate, CEEM UNSW, and Senior Consultant at ITP Renewable


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When: 9.30 – 5pm, Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Where: Michael Hintze Theatre LG03, Tyree Energy Technologies Building, UNSW Sydney, Kensington (map reference H6)