Congress to workshop draft plan for sustainable community energy

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A new Draft National Strategy for Community Energy will help articulate what is needed to support the new community energy sector which has emerged in Australia. A summary of the strategy has been released to participants of the inaugural Community Energy Congress, occurring 16-17 June in Canberra.

The ground breaking plan was developed by the sector through a national survey of 38 community energy projects and a series of interviews with key stakeholders to identify objectives and priority initiatives for five target growth areas:

  • Facilitating community energy models
  • Funding and financing
  • Capacity building
  • Building community, government and industry support for community energy
  • Policy and regulatory reform

A summary of the plan has been released in advance of its launch at the Community Energy Congress taking place in Canberra, 16 and 17 June 2014.

Download the summary here.

Simon Holmes à Court, director of Hepburn Wind is a guest speaker at the Community Energy Congress 2014

Simon Holmes à Court, director of Hepburn Wind is a guest speaker at the Community Energy Congress 2014

Across Australia, communities are coming together to pursue genuine sustainability opportunities, and few are as compelling as community energy projects.

Community based sustainable energy enterprises are increasing local energy security, create regional community development opportunities, and directly act to reduce carbon emissions.

The Community Energy Congress will bring together for the first time, all the key players in the emerging Australian community energy sector.

Through the Community Energy Congress, participants will have the opportunity to be motivated by inspiring national and international speakers and case studies ,network and build relationships with those who work in community energy in Australia, including people from mainstream energy networks.

Electricity retailers, renewable energy businesses, government representatives and community energy project leaders will be involved. There will also be the opportunity for all to get involved in discussions about how community energy can be used to promote sustainable regional development and renewable energy sector development in Australia.

Community Energy Congress 2014 will be held at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Canberra (in addition to venues like Old Parliament House).

Speakers include:

Ivor Frischknecht, ARENA – CEO
Arno Zengerle, Mayor of Wildpoldsried – Germany
Simon Holmes à Court, Director – Hepburn Wind
David Green OBE. FRSA. JP. FInstE, Chief Executive – Clean Energy Council
Paul Cruickshank, Environmental Lawyer – NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
David Woodgrove, Acting CEO – Sustainable Regional Australia
Adam Blakester, Executive Director – Starfish Initiatives
Nicola Ison, Senior Research Consultant
Mark Byrne, Convenor – North Coast Energy Forum
Taryn Lane, Director – The Victorian Wind Alliance
Craig Memery, Energy Policy and Projects – Alternative Technology Association

Full program is here:

The Congress includes a series of side events.

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

SERREE: South East Region of Renewable Energy Excellence are inviting renewable energy developers to an Community-Industry Nexus Package event on 16 June – more details here.

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