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Community-Industry Nexus Package

SEREEThe Community Energy Congress organisers are excited to present this program in conjunction with SERREE – South East Region of Renewable Energy Excellence:

Renewable Energy – A Community-Industry Nexus

Renewable Energy Industry proponents are invited to attend this Community-Industry Nexus half-day program within the Community Energy Congress (although you are obviously invited to attend the whole Congress).

Monday, 16 June

Session 1:  2.00 – 3.30 pm

Afternoon Tea

Session 2:  4.00 – 5.30 pm

Cost: $350

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Renewable Energy – A Community-Industry Nexus

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Session 1: Introduction to Community Energy

Monday, 16 June, 2.00 – 3.30 pm

Are you excited about the idea of community energy? Keen to hear some inspiring stories and understand more about what is possible and the benefits community energy projects bring? Want to know more about how partnerships between communities and Developers can work? This session will run through the history and diversity of community energy both internationally and here in Australia – from 100% renewable energy islands to community-Developer partnerships delivering wind power.  Hear from some of Australia’s leading community energy project proponents about what is possible on the ground and how their projects have transformed their communities.

Note:  SERREE Industry Proponents participating in the forthcoming ACT Wind Auction will be invited to attend a separate breakout Information Session in this timeslot.  This breakout session will focus on providing tailored strategies that demonstrate sustained renewable energy industry development, investment attraction and job creation across the region – addressing the RFP’s EV3.

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Afternoon Tea

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Session 2:  Best Practice Community Engagement

Monday, 16 June, 4.00 – 5.30 pm

The aim of this session is to showcase Australian and International best practice models for successful community engagement in industry-led renewable energy projects. In this session you will hear from:

Michelle Carden, Senior Commercial Advisor for the Danish Embassy. In her current role Michelle works with Danish businesses in the clean energy, cleantech, agricultural and defence industries. She also provides reporting on economic and trade developments within Australia and the Oceania region. Prior to starting with the embassy Michelle spent ten years with National ICT Australia where Michelle was a Commercial Director focusing on Environmental and Defense applications.

Ketan Joshi, Infigen Energy on the Flyers Creek Wind Farm. Ketan worked for two years at a data analyst in the Infigen Energy Operations and Control Centre. He currently works as an active communications and research officer, dealing with community engagement issues, social media and policy.

Matthew Parton, Windlab Systems on the Coonooer Bridge Wind Farm. Matthew works as a project manager out of Canberra, the international headquarters of Windlab. Windlab is a global wind farm developer with projects spanning three continents. Matthew is currently working on developing a number of Australian projects for Windlab and is project manager of the Coonooer Bridge Wind Farm, a Victorian development notable for its high levels of community support.

Simon Holmes a Court on Hepburn Wind. Simon is the founding chairman of Hepburn Wind,and founder and chairman of Embark, the non-profit peak body representing and supporting communities that seek to play a significant role in their own carbon-neutral energy production.

Taryn Lane, Embark on Best practice community engagement in wind development. Taryn works for Australia’s first community-owned wind farm Hepburn Wind – delivering industry best standards in community engagement since 2010. Taryn also works for Embark – an NGO set up to kickstart the emerging Australian community energy sector since 2012. In these roles, she supports other communities around Australia who are on the journey to build their own projects. She has extensive local and international community development experience.

Mark Squires, Senior Team Leader – Clean Energy, NSW Government. Mark is currently leading a NSW Government program to engage regional communities in the development of renewable energy systems to support a 20% renewable energy target by 2020. The Regional Clean Energy Program has been in place since 2010 and involves six regional coordinators who provide information and support services to regional communities, local Councils, the renewable energy industry and individual.
The afternoon program will segue into the Community-Industry Social Networking Event (5.30-7.30)
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