Thursday, 28 October 2021
Hydrogen – Mapping The Supply Chain
2:00pm - 3:30pm
1 hour and 30 minutes
Chair: Abbie McQueen, Group Director Energy NSW & ACT, AECOM
Hydrogen in Australia: Where to from here?
Dr Fiona Simon, CEO, Australian Hydrogen Council
How Cluster Groups can help expedite the advancement of the hydrogen sector
Renata Bergla, Chair, H2Q
H2N - Enabling the Hunter's hydrogen economy
Vincent Dwyer, Principal, Energy Estate
How utilities can lead Australia to a hydrogen future
Frank Ochel, Senior Principal - Utilities Strategy, Accenture
Group Director Energy NSW & ACT, AECOM
Abbie is an Associate Director leading AECOM’s Energy team in NSW and ACT with 13 years’ experience in the energy sector. She has provided analytical, economic and technical advice to public entities, investors and regulatory bodies. Abbie has developed reviewed and implemented policy, strategies, feasibility studies and business cases across regulated power networks, energy generation and storage and energy users including recently as the technical advisor on DPIE’s Emerging Energy Program. She has a keen interest in the development of sound policies and standards to support the energy transition.
Dr. Fiona Simon
CEO, Australian Hydrogen Council
Fiona Simon is the CEO of the Australian Hydrogen Council (AHC), the peak body for the Australian hydrogen industry.
AHC connects the hydrogen industry and its stakeholders in building a secure, clean and resilient energy future based on hydrogen. AHC’s members are from a range of sectors, including energy, transport, consulting, banking and technology.
Prior to joining the Australian Hydrogen Council, Fiona worked for close to 20 years in energy policy and regulation, specialising in energy retail competition and consumer protection matters.
Fiona holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has published a well-regarded academic book on retail energy regulation in Australia.
Renata is the current Chair of H2Q, Queensland Hydrogen Industry Cluster. She has been part of the H2Q Executive committee since our inception 18 months ago. Renata is also CEO of Queensland Transport and Logistics Council, with a focus on decarbonisation within the transportation and logistics sector.
Renata also sits on the Queensland Government's Hydrogen Task Force.
Principal, Energy Estate
For over 25 years, Vincent has been at the forefront of developments in the energy sector, from energy privatisations to the development of energy markets and the rapid deployment of renewable energy.
Vincent has worked on many of the Asia-Pacific region’s most significant and innovative transactions in the energy sector. His experience spans governments, utilities, pension funds and start-ups, and he is “known for his mastery of energy issues” and “commerciality, astuteness and commitment to getting a deal done.”
Prior to founding Energy Estate, Vincent was APAC Head of Energy at Norton Rose Fulbright.
Senior Principal - Utilities Strategy, Accenture
For over 20 years Frank has helped utility and energy businesses in Australia and globally to navigate and leverage the ongoing changes in customer attitudes, new technologies and evolving regulatory frameworks. HIs focus is on delivering top and bottom line value. Top line value through growth strategies, new offerings, new business models and M&A. Bottom line value through operating model transformation, benchmarking, performance improvements and digital uplift
I’m excited by Australia’s world leading position in the energy transition as we face a set of challenges across DER, batteries, new competitors, hydrogen, EVs, the orchestration of all this and regaining customers’ trust. The opportunities to find new ways to create value that is shared by businesses and consumers alike.