Latest Governmental initiatives driving investment, innovation & promoting the expansion of renewable energy across Australia

Latest Governmental initiatives driving investment, innovation & promoting the expansion of renewable energy across Australia

11 Oct 2017, 3:30 PM - 4:50 PM

Room 217, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
English (Australia)

Christophe Brulliard, Principle Consultant, Point Advisory


Latest initiatives keeping the ACT at the forefront of new energy innovation

Megan Ward, Manager, Energy Projects, ACT Government

The ACT has set the benchmark for action on renewable energy innovation and investment. 

Between 2012 and 2016 the ACT pioneered a reverse auction program in Australia, holding four successful auctions for the allocation of large-scale feed-in tariff entitlements for wind or solar. These auctions reset the price for wind and solar in Australia, while directly contributing over $500m in local economic benefits. Recently, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland have all announced that they intend to follow the ACT’s lead.

The presentation will briefly review the structure and results of the ACT’s auctions, before focusing on the flow-on benefits it has delivered, and the future focus areas for the ACT Government. 

Structure and results of the ACT’s auctions:

The four auctions delivered ten successful wind and solar projects that, when built, will generate around 2,300 GWh/yr of renewable electricity sufficient to meet around three-quarters of the ACT’s ambitious 100%-by-2020 renewable electricity target. This presentation will analyse the trends in investment and pricing across wind and solar demonstrated through the auction process and key influencing factors.

The future of energy innovation:

Part of te assessment used in the three later auctions focused on local investment commitments—ultimately attracting over $500m in industry benefits in the ACT. In addition to benefits such as the establishment of asset and operations centres, and a significant hydrogen program, industry is supporting the establishment of the Renewables Innovation Hub and a world-leading battery storage program. These programs are continuing the ACT’s leadership position and providing opportunities for ‘new-energy’ ventures.

This presentation will show how the Hub is bringing together innovative startups and pioneering organisations from Australia and around the world to develop the ACT’s vibrant renewable and cleantech sectors, and consider how the Hub can draw on strong national and international connections to drive innovation.

Finally, the presentation will focus on the rollout of more than 5,000 ‘smart’ distributed solar storage systems, and the benefits to ACT consumers and our research and development agenda. With all systems collecting 1 to 5 minute interval data across a range of performance indicators, the presentation will provide some initial insights into the opportunities emerging from this unprecedented data set.


The Powering Queensland Plan – supporting the transition to a low carbon energy sector

Andrew Burnett , A/General Manager – Energy Consumer and Pricing, Queensland Department of Energy and Water Supply


Relevant and valuable data on the Renewable Energy Target 

Nicole Joffe, Executive Officer, Clean Energy Regulator

Providing relevant and timely Renewable Energy Target information and data is likely to improve transparency and efficiency. The Clean Energy Regulator collates a significant amount of data that is required for the operation of the scheme. This presentation will walk through the valuable information that can be accessed on the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target and the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme. This includes accredited power stations and liability information for the last assessment year. Given the changing nature of the electricity market and the shortening window to the 2020 Renewable Energy Target this presentation will deliver relevant and valuable insights.


  • Christophe Brulliard


    Principle Consultant

    Point Advisory

    Christophe is an economist by training and has 20 years’ work experience, including 10 years in finance and 10 years specialising in sustainability....

  • Megan Ward


    Manager, Energy Projects

    ACT Government

    Megan manages the ACT Government’s Renewable Energy Projects unit. This team has policy and implementation oversight of the highly successful reverse...

  • Andrew Burnett


    A/General Manager – Energy Consumer and Pricing

    Queensland Department of Energy and Water Supply

    Andrew Burnett is currently the acting General Manager of the Energy Consumer and Pricing branch in the Department of Energy and Water Supply and is...

  • Nicole Joffe


    Executive Officer

    Clean Energy Regulator

    Nicole Joffe currently has an advisory role at the Clean Energy Regulator with a focus on energy and markets. Prior to this, Nicole was part of the...

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