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16 & 17 June 2014 - National Library of Australia, Canberra

2014 Program

The Congress Organisers have pulled together a jam-packed program including a series of side events:

  • You can read all about the main program for the Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 June below, including plenary sessions and breakout sessions
  • To find out more about the Congress Social Event on the evening of Monday 16 June, head to Social Networking Event 16 June 
  • There are five side training events on topics related to progressing a community energy project being held at the ANU on Sunday 15 and Wednesday 18 June.  Check them out and register at Training Side-Events, 15 and 18 June
  • For all those renewable energy developers out there, while we hope you will attend the full Congress, we are excited to be partnering with SERREE: South East Region of Renewable Energy Excellence to offer an Community-Industry Nexus Package.  Find out more and register at Community-Industry Nexis  16 June

Congress program below.

Day 1 – Monday 16 June

8 – 9am

REGISTRATION

9 – 10.15am

Welcome to the Congress and Keynote Addresses

The opening plenary of the Community Energy Congress is designed to do what all good opening plenaries do:

  • Welcome you to Country and to the event
  • Provide an overview of what you are in for, for the next two days
  • Meet the key actors who will be guiding the Congress program – our two facilitators – Geoff Brown and Mark Spain and some of the event organisers
  • Learn some key logistical information and
  • Perhaps most importantly be inspired and challenged.

You will hear from three leaders in the field of community energy specifically and renewable energy more generally – Mayor Arno Zengle, Ivor Frischneckt and Simon Holmes a Court.  We hope they will inspire you with what is possible both internationally and here in Australia, outline opportunities, pose questions and challenges that we collectively face as a community energy sector.

10.15 – 11.00am

Introducing the Australian Community Energy Sector

The people at the Congress are a significant number of the people that make up Australia’s community energy sector. This session is an opportunity to map visually the breadth and depth of the Australian Community Energy Sector. It’s your chance to meet people who are working on community energy projects, in community energy support organisations, people who work in policy, in renewable energy development, in the mainstream electricity industry and more. In this session, which is led by our facilitators Mark Spain and Geoff Brown, they will invite you to reflect and share what you want to bring to the Congress and what you want to achieve while you are here.

11-11.30amMorning Tea and Expo
11.30 – 12.30pm

Community Energy Policy Futures

Our elected officials can have a profound effect on community energy projects, in this session hear from three (4) politicians on community energy policy opportunities, commitments and challenges and how community energy could impact the national debate. This session is a chance to ask how different political parties and different governments (state, territory and federal) can and will support the growth of a vibrant community energy sector in Australia.
On the panel we have Simon Corbell – ACT Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Christine Milne – Leader of the Australian Greens and Gary Gray – Shadow Minister for Resources.

12.30 – 1pm

Launch of the Coalition for Community Energy and Pathways Forward

You have probably heard about the Coalition for Community Energy by now, but you are not alone if you’re not exactly sure what it is, what it does and how you can get involved. In this session we will formally launch the Coalition for Community Energy and answer these three questions. You will also hear from David Green, OEB, on the potential for community energy in Australian and internationally and the importance and power of collaboration to forging a clean energy future.
Everyone who becomes a C4CE Member before and during the Congress will go into the draw for a scrumptious Capital District Hamper of local food and beverage goodies.

1 – 2pmLunch and Expo
2 – 3.30pmBREAKOUT 01
3.30 – 4pmAfternoon Tea and Expo
4pm – 5.30pmBREAKOUT 02
5.30 – 7.30pmCongress Social Event

Day 2 – Tuesday 17 June

8 – 9am

REGISTRATION – (AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE)

9 – 12pm

Shaping a National Community Energy Strategy – (AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE)

In this three hour session, we will first hear from Rob Stokes, NSW Environment Minister and champion of community energy on how the NSW Government is supporting community energy projects. Then inspired, we will together shape a National Community Energy Strategy. Click here to read an Invitation to help shape a National Community Energy Strategy and Summary of the work done to date.

12 – 1.15pmLunch
1.15 – 2.40pmBREAKOUT 03
2.40 – 3pmAfternoon Tea and Expo
3 – 4.15pmBREAKOUT 04
4.15 – 4.45pmWrap-up and close Conference
4.45pmEnd of program

Each Breakout Session has four themed groups.

  • Introduction to Community Energy

    An introduction to the sector, featuring stories from successful community energy projects and models in Australia and around the world.

  • The Energy Sector

    What you need to know about the old centralised energy system and the emerging decentralised system, including regulation, technologies and opportunities.

  • Who’s who in the community energy zoo

    Who needs to be involved to make it happen, and who else could benefit from community energy.

  • Making projects happen

    The nuts and bolts of getting projects off the ground including getting organised, overcoming opposition and advocacy.

BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

Breakout 01

Breakout 02

Breakout 03

Breakout 04

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