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We’re excited to announce the launch of the 2017 Community Energy Congress.

Find out more at http://c4ce.net.au/congress/

What: The premier event on Australia’s community energy calendar, the Community Energy Congress 2017 will bring together over 500 people to strengthen this budding sector. Together we will share information, develop skills, foster new networks, celebrate success and plan for action.

When: Monday 27 & Tuesday 28 February, 2017
With side events on Sunday 26 and Wednesday 1 March.

Where: Melbourne Town Hall

Register now!

Who: Congress 2017 aims to inspire a host of community energy advocates, from the experts who pioneered the sector, to those who are just starting their foray into the community energy space.

Congress 2017 is also for organisations looking to partner with and support community energy, including renewable energy developers, policy makers, network companies, retailers, councils, NGOs, regulators, lawyers, financiers and more.

We’ve got a jam packed program and lots more to come.

Read on for information on our international keynote speaker Søren Hermansen, discounts and offers, side events and more.

To find out more and register click here! 

Nicky Ison, Tom Nockolds & Steve Turnock
C4CE Secretariat & Congress Organising team

International Keynote – Søren Hermansen

We’re excited to announce future thinker and community energy gløbal leader Søren Hermansen as our first keynote speaker.

Søren 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 Søren was recognised as Time Magazine’s Hero of the Environment.

Come along and be inspired by what is possible! 

Future Super Congress Discount

To support this year’s Congress, Future Super is offering a $100 discount off the Congress 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.

Congress Side Events

Already we’ve got a great line up of side events around the Congress. These include:

  • A field trip to Hepburn Wind
  • A council community energy master class
  • Training in developing a business model
  • Community energy finance toolkit training

For more information check out the Congress website Side Event page

If you’ve got an idea for a side-event for the Congress, or would like to help make one of these happen, please get in touch with secretariat@c4ce.net.au

Energy Locals Exclusive Offer

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.

Click here to find out more

Congress Sponsorship

The most important thing to make the Community Energy Congress a success is you and your community coming and participating. So register now!

However, the Congress would not be possible without our sponsors. We would like to thank our Platinum sponsors the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Future Super, City of Melbourne, Energy Locals and Yingli. As well as our Bronze sponsors Powershop and Infigen Energy.

If your organisation would like to find out more about Congress 2017 sponsorship options please get in touch at secretariat@c4ce.net.au.

This is just the beginning

In the next four and a half months in the lead up to the Congress we will be announcing more keynote speakers, breakout sessions, presenters, workshops, side-events, discounts, offers and more.

In the meantime we’ve created a short Congress Fundraising Guide to help you raise funds to attend the Congress.  You can download it from the website.

If you’d like to stay up to date please follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to introduce  Steve Turnock, our new CongressCoordinator. Steve comes to us off the back of organising Moreland Energy Foundation’s recent Spark Conference.

Expect to hear more from Steve in the upcoming weeks and months as we pull together an amazing event.

Looking forward to seeing you in Melbourne in February.

Don’t forget to check out the Congress website and register before Christmas to get the early bird discount.

Stay informed.

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