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Clean energy, meet smart energy: Matching renewables with flexible demand for an affordable and reliable energy system

Two-part afternoon forum: Monday 25 November 2019, Sydney

Australia’s transition to clean energy requires the complementary development of dispatchable capacity to maintain the affordability and reliability of the electricity system. The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has proposed a wholesale demand response mechanism to reward consumers for reducing demand when electricity prices are high, but this is just the start of the journey.

On Monday 25 November 2019, ahead of the AEMC’s final determination on the wholesale demand response mechanism, the Energy Efficiency Council will hold a forum on how policymakers and regulators can facilitate demand response opportunities for energy users, and how businesses can seize those opportunities.

The forum will bring together 120 business leaders, policy makers and influencers to examine the role of demand response in a clean energy system. Discussion will include what steps are required to enable a truly two-way energy market, how we can use flexible demand to reduce network costs, and how to overcome the challenges in selling demand response to both monopoly networks and the wholesale market.



Event details

Date: Monday 25 November 2019

Time: 2.00pm - 6.00pm (registration from 1.30pm)

Location: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, 61-101 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000


EEC Member $120 (ex. GST)

Non Member $150 (ex. GST)

Inclusions: Access to the two forum sessions, afternoon coffee and tea break, networking drinks

Registration: Click here to secure your spot. A credit card payment is required at the time of registration.

If you have any questions, please contact us via email or phone 03 9069 6588.

Annual General Meeting

The Council is holding its Annual General Meeting, including a full Board election, immediately following the networking drinks at the conclusion of the forum. Council members wishing to attend the AGM should register using the link sent to their email address, and are welcome at the networking drinks.

Speaker biographies

Dr Kerry Schott AO, Chair of the Energy Security Board

Kerry Schott is Chair of the Energy Security Board, Chair of Moorebank Intermodal Company, and a Director of NBN.

Kerry was Managing Director and CEO of Sydney Water from 2006 to 2011. Before that Kerry spent 15 years as an investment banker, including as Managing Director of Deutsche Bank and Executive Vice President of Bankers Trust Australia. During this time she specialised in privatisation, restructuring, and infrastructure provision.  Prior to becoming an investment banker Kerry was a public servant and an academic. 

Kerry holds a doctorate from Oxford University, a Masters of Arts from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and a Bachelor of Arts (first class Honours) from the University of New England.  She was recently awarded an Order of Australia and Honorary Doctorates from the University of Sydney and the University of Western Sydney.

Darren Miller, CEO, ARENA

Darren Miller commenced as ARENA’s CEO on 27 August 2018. He has more than 25 years’ experience across a range of sectors including renewable energy, electricity retail, technology, finance, media and entertainment.

Darren was co-founder and CEO of Mojo Power, an innovative electricity retailer, from 2015 until July 2018. He was previously the Director of Asset Finance at Sungevity Australia in 2014, and co-founder and CEO of Sumwise, a technology and services company from 2007 to 2013.

Darren’s previous experience includes a position as investment manager for Publishing and Broadcasting Limited (PBL) and Consolidated Press Holdings (CPH) and roles at New Zealand Natural and Ernst & Young.

Darren is a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of New South Wales.

Suzanne Falvi, Acting CEO, AEMC

She holds a Bachelor of Economics, a Bachelor of Law with Honours and a Master of Laws in International Law from the Australian National University.

Suzanne previously worked as a senior policy adviser for the ACT Government in their energy policy team, as in-house counsel in a solar technology research and development company, and for Minter Ellison specialising in competition, energy, administrative law and commercial litigation.Ms Falvi is the AEMC's Acting Chief Executive.

She joined the AEMC in 2012 as a senior lawyer and subsequently led the team responsible for reviews and rule changes relating to system security and reliability which have been a principal focus for the energy market bodies in the past three years.

Nathaniel Galindo, General Manager, Engineering, Flow Power

Nathaniel Galindo heads up Flow Power’s Engineering arm. The team covers three states  and territories, delivering both our technology kWatch platform and advisory services to customers.

Prior to Flow Power, Nathaniel held leadership roles at JLL and Cushman and Wakefield. 

He has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Victoria University and a Master of Engineering Sustainable Energy from RMIT University. 

Jeffrey Neave, Environment Manager, Molycop Australasia. 

Jeffrey Neave is a trained Mechanical Engineer who has worked in the steel manufacturing sector for 38 years. Jeff has a strong engineering background with a focus on environmental controls such as noise control , fume control, baghouses, water management and energy management.

His career has spanned roles in heavy industrial maintenance, project mechanical engineering, and environmental management.

He has a talent for solving complex problems with his natural ability to think outside the box and he has a passion for applying this skill to improve the sustainability of manufacturing by reducing its environmental impacts.



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