Speaker program announced for National Energy Efficiency Conference 2015 22 October 2015

The Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) has unveiled the speaker program for the National Energy Efficiency Conference 2015, which takes place in Melbourne in November.

Presented by the EEC, the conference is Australia’s leading event for energy efficiency, distributed generation and demand management and brings together 300 top efficiency experts, international thought-leaders, policy makers and energy users. With the Federal Government committing to boost Australia's energy productivity by 40% by 2030, and strong energy efficiency agendas being pursued in states like Victoria and NSW, the conference is a timely opportunity to explore the latest thinking on saving energy.

Luke Menzel, EEC CEO said “Energy systems in Australia and around the world are in a state of transition, and rapid innovation in technologies and service models are creating both uncertainty and opportunity. The National Energy Efficiency Conference 2015 will see experts come together to tackle this issue, along with a host of other topics.

The market is moving quickly, and staying on top of the latest developments is critical. That makes the conference an important event for energy efficiency providers, energy users and policy makers alike."

International keynote speakers from Europe and China will discuss the latest global perspectives on energy efficiency and energy productivity.

From Finland, Dr Philip E Lewis is an expert in consumer behaviour in the global utilities market, and will provide a global perspective on how new technologies are disrupting energy markets. Dr Lewis will also explore the very real changes that are taking place in the roles of consumers, utilities and energy service providers, and the challenges and opportunities presented in this period of transition.

Dongmei Chen, Senior Advisor at the China Energy Conservation Association, will explore China’s ongoing commitment to driving energy productivity, key national initiatives on commercial and industrial efficiency, and programs that have implications and applicability beyond China.

Other highlights of the two day conference include:

  • Political keynote presentations from The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio MP, Victorian Minister for Energy & Resources and The Hon. Mark Butler MP, Federal Shadow Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water.
  • Lord Mayor of Melbourne Robert Doyle launching the 2015 Melbourne Retrofit Survey, which will reveal the latest on energy retrofit activity in the City of Melbourne.
  • Discussion and debate from high profile industry leaders, energy users and Australia’s smartest energy thinkers including Innes Willox, (CEO, Ai Group), Marc England (Executive General Manager New Energy, AGL), Peter Dobney (GM, Resources & Energy, Orora), Anna Skarbek (CEO, ClimateWorks), Kane Thornton (Chief Executive, Clean Energy Council) and Mark Paterson (CSIRO Energy Flagship).
  • The unveiling of the winners of the National Energy Efficiency Awards 2015 at the National Energy Efficiency Conference Gala Dinner on the evening of 17 November.

Luke added “I'm proud of the reputation that the National Energy Efficiency Conference has developed, and of the calibre of speakers, delegates and partners it attracts. It has become a highly anticipated milestone in the annual energy calendar which generates genuine insights for delegates and impetus for efforts to drive efficiency and productivity across the Australian economy.”

The National Energy Efficiency Conference 2015 takes place at Pullman Melbourne on the Park on 17 and 18 November 2015. The Speaker Program can be viewed at