Also check out the Side Events on Sunday, 26 February and Wednesday, 1 March!
We’re excited to announce future thinker and community energy global leader Søren Hermansen as our first keynote speaker. Soren is from the award winning Energy Academy on Samso Island in Denmark and author of “Commonity= Common + Community” a book about modern commons and how to understand them. In 2007, Samso island became the world’s first 100% renewable island. In 2008 Soren was recognised as Time Magazine’s Hero of the Environment. Come along and be inspired.
Could your community use $30,000 to fund your renewable energy project?
Energy Locals is a new social enterprise energy retailer that’s supporting Australian communities to make energy fairer, cleaner and cheaper. They offer a simple way for community energy groups to fund local projects on an ongoing basis. To celebrate the Congress, Energy Locals is offering community energy groups an exclusive opportunity to receive additional funding towards your project.
Candace Vahlsing is the Senior Policy Advisor for Energy and Climate Change at the White House Domestic Policy Council. She has led several of the White House’s major community energy policy initiatives, including the National Community Solar Partnership and the Clean Energy Savings For All Initiative. These initiatives are to support President Obama’s goal to bring 1 gigawatt (GW) of solar to low and moderate income families by 2020, test new business models that expand solar access, build local capacity to support community-scale solar projects, and establish resources that will aid in expanding solar access to underserved communities.
To support this year’s Congress, Future Super is offering a $100 discount off the registration price to Future Super members.
Future Super is Australia’s first 100% fossil fuel free super fund and the world’s first carbon neutral pension fund. They invest in positive, profitable and sustainable activities, including Australian renewable energy projects.
Is your super still in fossil fuels? Make the switch to Future Super in minutes and claim your Congress discount.
Current Future Super members should contact Future Super to receive your discount code.
We are honoured to say that two First Nations Leaders from Canada will be joining us next year for the Congress! Chief Gordon Planes & Melina Laboucan-Massimo are two incredible social justice leaders who have spearheaded renewable energy projects in their communities.
You’ll hear from both Canadian and local Leaders in the Energy Justice Plenary on the first day of the Congress. There will also be a breakout session and a range of other opportunities to meet with and listen to Chief Gordon Planes & Melina Laboucan-Massimo throughout the Congress.
Chris Picton is a State Member of Parliament and the Assistant Minister to the Treasurer of South Australia. He represents the electorate of Kaurna that contains Adelaide’s southern coastal suburbs from Christies Beach to Aldinga Beach. Chris is a trained Lawyer in his 30s and has worked in public policy for more than a decade, particularly to improve public health services.
He will be speaking during the Unlocking Community Energy plenary on Day 1. For more info …
Shane Rattenbury is a Greens MLA and Minister in the ACT Government. Shane has been a Member of the ACT Legislative Assembly since 2008 when the ACT Greens first gained balance of power, and negotiated for ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets in their Parliamentary Agreement with the Labor Party. In 2012 Shane negotiated an Agreement that locked in a target of 90% renewable electricity consumption by 2020.
Shane will be speaking during the Unlocking Community Energy plenary on Day 1. For more info …
The Alternative Technology Association is happy to present Speed Date a Community Energy Expert. Speed dating will run across the two days of the Congress and will offer free personalised advice from experts on the financial, legal, community engagement, and technical aspects of getting a community energy scheme up and running. Read about the experts and register here for your 30-minute, one-on-one ‘date’ and make the most of the chance to talk to experts in the field and people who’ve done it all before.
The second Community Power Conference in 2017 will be an exciting event as so much has happened since the first Conference in 2014. A great opportunity to come up to date in this important area.
Attending the first Community Energy Congress in Canberra in 2014 ignited a passion for Community Energy that has progressed our Sunshine Coast Community Solar group to the final stages of implementing our first project. I am really looking forward to the next congress as an opportunity to collaborate with other like minded groups within this emerging field.
It was the 2014 Community Energy Congress that made me realise we could make a community owned energy retailer happen. I strongly recommend it to all interested in community renewables.
What an event! Two days connecting with everyone in the community energy sector across Australia. So much talent, enthusiasm and so many great ideas to fuel our community’s work.