Presentation - 'New State and national policies, programs and grants in renewable energy' - All Energy conference

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I was honoured to Chair a session at the All Energy conference held in Melbourne on 3-4 October 2018.

The All Energy conference is a fantastic opportunity to keep up-to-date with the latest ideas, developments and technologies in the renewable energy industry in Australia (and it’s free to attend!).

The session I Chaired was titled 'New State and national policies, programs and grants in renewable energy'.


The session included 5 presentations from speakers across Australia:

Meeting the 2020 Renewable Energy Target

Mark Williamson, Executive General Manager, Clean Energy Regulator

This presentation will discuss how the renewable energy industry rallied to meet the 2020 Renewable Energy Target, against all odds (and many analysts' predictions). It will also include an update on the pipeline which shows the target will likely be exceeded.


Defence Renewable Energy Program

Allan O’Connor, Defence Renewable Energy Program Manager, Department of Defence

The Department of Defence is delivering a wide ranging renewable energy program with the aim of increasing energy security, reducing costs, and improving environmental outcomes. The Defence Renewable Energy Program includes many project types and delivery models, including large-scale behind the meter solar PPAs, energy storage and off-grid projects. There are also a number of unique challenges in delivering renewable energy projects on the Defence Estate, including security constraints and electro-magnetic interference. I would like to provide an overview of the Defence Renewable Energy Program, including: discussion on how renewable energy may contribute to Australia's Defence capability; challenges associated with the program; and opportunities for market participants.


South Australia’s transition to a clean energy future

Sam Crafter, Executive Director of Energy Implementation, SA Government

South Australia is world-renowned for its leadership in renewable energy. 

With half of the state’s energy demand already sourced from wind and solar, and increasing amounts of storage, there are more than 9 GW of renewable energy projects at various stages in the South Australian development pipeline, including big batteries, virtual power plants, solar thermal, pumped hydro, hydrogen and bioenergy.

Sam Crafter, Executive Director of Energy Implementation will discuss the South Australian Government’s initiatives to deliver more affordable, reliable and secure energy in a transitioning national energy market.


Queensland’s 50% Renewable Energy Target

Andrew Burnett, Director-Energy Consumer and Pricing, Queensland Department of Energy and Water Supply

Queensland is experiencing a renewable energy boom which is helping to deliver the Government’s 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030.

This session will outline the policy initiatives being implemented by the Queensland Government to help to drive the transition to a low carbon energy sector.


The ACT transition to 100% renewable electricity

Gene McGlynn, Executive Director, Climate Change and Sustainability, Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate, ACT Government

The ACT has had an integrated climate and energy policy in place since 2011 and has set a target to reach 100 percent renewable electricity by 2020, which it is on track to achieve. The Territory also has some of the lowest electricity prices in the country, has received international recognition for its work in renewable energy policy, and has seen significant business opportunities and economic development as a result. This presentation will outline how the ACT is achieving its 100% target, building a more sustainable community and becoming a globally recognised centre for renewable energy innovation and investment.

Marilyne Crestias