Looking at the skills needed to shape the industry internally and externally

Looking at the skills needed to shape the industry internally and externally

12 Oct 2017, 2:55 PM - 4:15 PM

Room 216, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
English (Australia)

Chairperson: Scott Robinson, Managing Director, Phillip Riley


Changing Industry: A changing workforce

Penelope Twemlow, CEO, Energy Skills Queensland

Emergent technologies driving change in the energy sector and supporting industries are already shifting the profile and skill requirements of the workforces within the sector. The demand for such skill changes can be summarised through categorising critical skills and occupations into two workforce clusters:

• The digitally enabled workforce

• The traditional network workforce. 


Key occupations within the ‘digitally enabled workforce’ have skill sets which will be essential to develop, maintain and compliment emerging digitalised technologies such as Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) which are entering the industry. 

The skill sets of this workforce will be synonymous with the era of digitalisation and will be in high demand across the majority of industries in Australia. Attracting and retaining this workforce will pose significant challenges. 

This presentation will outline the renewable and clean energy sectors and supporting industries, governmental agencies and educational facilities/institutions with the following outcomes:

• Identification of critical skills and occupations that will be prominent by 2027 

• A determination of the impact of emerging technologies on the workforce sector between 2017 and 2027

• An assessment of what the digitalisation of the industry will mean for its workforce during 2017 and 2027

• Identification of workforce critical skill gaps and training requirements, including time to train skilled workers, that will need addressing to ensure the Australian public are provided with energy in a safe and reliable manner.


Continuous Efficiency – Big Data is Great, but People Still Matter

Kim Kreutz, Energy Performance Bureau Manager, Schneider Electric

Rapidly changing and improving software; more & more data; the energy management industry has rapidly moved away from people manually looking for ways to improve efficiency, to a whole host of technology to find more opportunities, faster. But what is often forgotten among the techno buzz-phrases, is the critical question of: How do you convert the outputs into actual outcomes?

Traditional Energy Audits still provide a great fundamental means of understanding opportunities for utility efficiency. But they have suffered from their manual labour costs, their ad-hoc nature and a lack of follow-up. 

Software platforms have improved the efficiency that we can collect data and analyse data, simplifying a large component of the energy audit process. With enough data, platforms can even completely replace the old energy audit process. In addition, the market is converging such demand side energy management with supply side management and sustainability, creating a greater need to connect different parts of organisations. But in many cases, more data simply means more data being ignored.

Continuous efficiency recognises that, for energy management, the gap between people and technology still exists and needs to be actively managed on an ongoing basis. We have seen organisations, with software systems in place, achieve significant additional savings through greater focus on connecting the software better to key stakeholders. In an environment with rising energy prices, both in Australia and globally, companies that get continuous efficiency right, will best manage the effects on their bottom line.

This presentation will outline:

- Why your energy strategy should include a dedicated energy manager

- The changing role of an energy manager

- If you outsource, why it should be an ongoing service

- The different stakeholders that can add value to energy management


Skills Transfer: Solar in Indonesia- the un tapped opportunity

Darryl Leahey, Manager, NaturesEnergi PL

Designing and developing medium and large scale solar projects in Indonesia in conjunction with Energy Ministry Indonesia. Detail the hurdles to overcome through to the current Indonesian regulations and large scale solar feed in rates and allocations.The opportunity for Australian expertise in training, design, procurementand installation and a pathway to this future.


Establishing the Golden Row: Installer Training to Ensure 30 Year Lifetime of Your Plant

Marco Miller, Sr. VP Operations, NEXTracker 


  • Scott Robinson


    Managing Director

    Phillip Riley

  • Penelope Twemlow



    Energy Skills Queensland

    Penelope is a qualified professional with almost 16 years of management experience, including time in the Australian Defence Force. Her strong...

  • Kim Kreutz


    Energy Performance Bureau Manager

    Schneider Electric

    For the past 14 years, Kim has helped organisations save and measure millions of dollars on their energy and water accounts.  Working in everything...

  • Darryl Leahey



    NaturesEnergi PL

    Darryl is passionate in developing new markets and technology and has provided a blueprint for Community solar and battery models in both Australia...

  • Marco Miller


    Sr. VP Operations


    As Sr. Vice President Operations, Marco Miller, a NEXTracker co-founder, leads project management, support and logistics. He has over 15 years of...

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