First day wraps up for All-Energy Australia 2016

4 Oct 2016

Australia needs a coherent plan for a modern energy system rather than yet another boring chapter of the energy policy blame game, declared Clean Energy Council’s Kane Thornton in his welcome to delegates attending the Opening Plenary of this year’s All-Energy Australia.

His sentiment was echoed by panellists and keynotes through the first day of Australia’s largest clean and renewable energy event, which saw thousands of clean and renewable energy experts convene at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre for launches, presentations and trends alike.

Keynote presentations were delivered by Energy Networks Association John Bradley and AGL Chief Executive Andy Vesey, followed by a robust panel discussion with Powershop, the Essential Services Commission, Origin Energy and Energy Consumers Australia covering changing consumer demand, predictions for the future of the grid and how the transitioning energy market can improve access.

All-Energy Australia Exhibition Director Robby Clark said “packed sessions continued throughout the day, with modules exploring the new models and innovative initiatives shaping the future of community energy and smart grid proving particularly popular with delegates”.

This included a presentation from NSW Renewable Energy Advocate Amy Kean who told audience members that the “discussion now is unequivocal, that we need to move on renewables. Not if, but when”.

More than 140 international and local companies assembled on the packed out exhibition floor, giving delegates the opportunity to experience a number of All-Energy Australia firsts.

These included an Enphase Energy Install Wall, presentations from TrinaBEST General Manager Frank Qi and MPower General Manager Craig Farmer on TrinaBEST’s second generation Energy Storage Solution along with expert advice from both a Tesla Motor and Tesla Energy specialist who were taking registrations for the Powerpack, Model S, Model X and Model 3.

Another first for All-Energy Australia was the launch of Alan Pears eBook, capturing more than thirty years of observations looking at the complexities and absurdities of energy and climate policy in Australia and a foreword from former leader of the Greens, Christine Milne.

The Clean Energy Council’s dedicated professional development stream for solar professionals also ran with success, as well as their Women in Renewables lunch and the ATRAA industry dinner.

All-Energy Australia is Australia’s largest and most comprehensive clean and renewable energy event, and is taking place 4 – 5 October at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

To access the 2016 program and register for free, please visit

For more information about the program or exhibitors, please contact Phoebe Saunders, Porter Novelli Melbourne, 03 9289 9555 and via


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