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Energy & Industry Transformation

Monash Energy Materials and Systems Institute (MEMSI)

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am (AEST)

Energy & Industry Transformation

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The Clean Energy Council is the peak body for the clean energy industry in Australia, representing over 400 leading businesses and 4,000 solar installers operating in the renewable energy industry. The CEC is committed to accelerating the transformation of Australia’s energy system to one that is smarter and cleaner. This is an exciting time for the industry. The current level of investment in Australian renewable projects is unprecedented, and there is a recognition that bringing forward this investment in new forms of energy generation is necessary to ensure continued energy security as ageing thermal generation continues to close.

The current Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market can play a crucial role in understanding how Australia can transition to a low-emissions electricity sector, while both ensuring energy security supply and affordability of power for Australian consumers. In order for the transition to be successful, the electricity system and market structures must be adaptable and accepting of new technologies. As well as an overview of the CEC and broader initiatives, we will present the current ongoing discussion around whether the recommendations presented in the Finkel Review are sufficient to achieve the vision of a reliable and secure future NEM which lowers emissions and rewards consumers.

 Natalie Collard is the Executive General Manager – Industry Development for the Clean Energy Council.  She is a proactive and innovative executive with extensive experience in a variety of industries, including telecommunications, defence, arms control, foreign affairs and agriculture.  Natalie is a director of Landcare Australia Ltd and Federal Government Board, the Council of Australian Latin American Relations (COALAR.)

Career highlights include being Manager Rural Affairs at the National Farmers’ Federation, leading Telstra’s Corporate Affairs for Victoria and Tasmania, managing an emergency post-September 11 arms control meeting of 32 countries in Paris and addressing the United Nations in Geneva on Biological Weapons.  She has managed two $600 million corporate contracts and, as Defence’s lead negotiator on security treaties, delivered seven bilateral agreements, including Australia’s first treaty with an organisation, NATO.

In recognition of the business and industry transformation she led as CEO of the Australian Dairy Industry Council and Australian Dairy Farmers Ltd, in 2013 she was awarded Telstra Business Woman of the Year -Victoria (Community and Government) and NAB Women’s Agenda Emerging Leader Award national finalist. 

Emma White is the Policy Researcher – Industry Development for the Clean Energy Council. She has experience in climate science, research and energy sectors, previously working as a researcher and analyst with the Climate Group at Monash University and CSIRO. Emma graduated from Monash University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science (Honours), and is currently completing her Master of Energy Systems at the University of Melbourne. 

 At the Clean Energy Council, Emma’s work is focused on energy transformation, particularly on integration of renewable energy into the grid and energy market reform. She has been involved in engagement on the Finkel Review and other energy market reform processes currently underway in the NEM, which are progressing changes to transform Australia's power system.

Emma is passionate about the positive role renewables play in communities and has played a key role in providing early-stage industry data of these benefits. She is also a founding and active member of Women in Renewables. 

Have questions about Energy & Industry Transformation? Contact Monash Energy Materials and Systems Institute (MEMSI)

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Room G29 & G30
New Horizons Building,
20 Research Way, Clayton
Clayton, Victoria 3800

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am (AEST)

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Monash Energy Materials and Systems Institute (MEMSI)

MEMSI is a multidisciplinary research environment that interfaces academic energy research and industry. It brings together researchers from across Monash University in partnership with governments and industry to develop solutions to global energy problems. We are a strong advocate for gender equality in the energy sector. For more information on MEMSI, visit our website

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