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Hear how Geelong can transition to clean, cheap, and reliable energy, while creating new jobs and vibrant industries for our region.

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Power - it's in our hands.

Are you worried about being locked into increasing gas and electricity bills? Wondering how more local jobs can be created in Geelong? Concerned about climate change impacting our beautiful natural places?

Join us at the Geelong Energy Futures Forum and hear how Geelong can transition to clean, cheap, and reliable energy, while creating new jobs and vibrant industries for our region.

Energy impacts how we work, live and play, and will be an important factor in determining the ongoing health and prosperity of our community. So, bring your ideas and your voice, and shape our community vision of Geelong’s energy future.

The Forum's opening address will be delivered by The Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Solar Homes.

Ask questions of a fabulous speaker line up, including:

Simon Holmes à Court, Senior Advisor at Energy Transition Hub, the University of Melbourne. Presenting on the question: How is Australia's energy transition going? Wins and challenges.

Dan Cowdell, Community Energy Partner at Mondo. Presenting on the question: Where are the solar, wind, battery and other opportunities to power Geelong’s clean energy transition?

Ian Dunlop, Independent Advisor & Commentator, Climate Change & Energy. Presenting on the question: Why is the energy transition critical and urgent, and what are the drivers?

Gemma Harrison, Sustainability Engineer and Development Manager at ENGV. Presenting on the question: What is the ‘hydrogen powered future’ about, and what does it mean for Geelong?

Imogen Jubb, Project Manager, Zero Carbon Communities, Beyond Zero Emissions. Presenting on the question: How are Australian cities accelerating their energy transitioning plans?

Colin Long, President of the Victorian Trades Hall Council. Presenting on the question: Can Geelong benefit from job opportunities from the clean energy transition?

Greg Foyster and Rai Miralles, Environment Victoria. Presenting on the question: Is Victoria’s ‘looming’ winter gas shortfall real and, if so, what are our options?

MC - Tony Gleeson, Host of The Sustainable Hour, 94.7 The Pulse

Light supper will be served following the Q&A.

Speaker Bios:

Simon Holmes à Court, Senior Advisor at Energy Transition Hub, the University of Melbourne

Simon began his career as a software engineer in Silicon Valley during the first dotcom wave, then spent more than a decade in precision farm water management. Simon built the country's first community-owned wind farm, Hepburn Wind, near Daylesford in Central Victoria.

He is a director of the Smart Energy Council, senior advisor to the Energy Transition Hub at Melbourne University and writes regularly about the transformation of Australia’s energy sector.

Dan Cowdell, Community Energy Partner at Mondo

Dan has a background in both commercial and not-for-profit sectors with over 15 years’ experience working as an electrical engineer, project manager and community organiser. He has worked in the fields of industrial automation, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and community energy. His role at Mondo is to engage and support communities to achieve their 100% renewable future.

Ian Dunlop, Independent Advisor & Commentator, Climate Change & Energy

Ian Dunlop is Advisory Board Chair of the Australian Breakthrough National Centre for Climate Restoration and a Member of The Club of Rome.

He has wide experience in energy resources, infrastructure, and international business, working at senior level in oil, gas and coal exploration and production, in scenario and long-term energy planning, competition reform and privatization.

He chaired the Australian Coal Association in 1987-88, and development of the first Australian national emissions trading proposal in 1998-2000. From 1997-2001 he was CEO of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

An engineer from the University of Cambridge (UK), he is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Energy Institute (UK), a Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers of AIME (USA) and of the Advisory Board of the UNSW ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes.

Gemma Harrison, Sustainability Engineer and Development Manager at ENGV

Gemma is a young clean energy leader working in the Australian energy sector as Sustainability Engineer & Development Manager at ENGV. ENGV is a sustainable gas technology integration business focused on the deployment of renewable gas technologies in Australia. Gemma has been involved in Australian-first renewable hydrogen projects including project management roles in the delivery of ActewAGL’s Fyshwick Hydrogen Refuelling Station in Canberra and AGIG’s Hydrogen Park Gladstone. Additionally, Gemma is passionate about the role of biomethane in the decarbonisation of energy and heavy transport. She has a degree in Energy and Environmental Engineering, Diploma of Project Management and is currently studying a Master of Business Administration.

Imogen Jubb, Project Manager, Zero Carbon Communities, Beyond Zero Emissions

Imogen is the Manager of the Zero Carbon Communities initiative supporting over 100 communities around Australia to achieve zero emissions. She has a background in climate change, education, science communication and sustainability, providing advice to organisations including the Australian Conservation Foundation, the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO. She conceived of and established the Zero Carbon Communities Investment Reference Group and has published articles in The Age, SBS, Huffington Post and The Fifth Estate, worked as television presenter and script writer for the ABC. She led the development of the world-first Snapshot Climate tool and published the Zero Carbon Communities Guide and the Local Government Climate Review. She has co-authored reports with some of Australia's leading climate-change scientists and has been elected Board Member of Climate for Change and the Australian Energy Foundation.

Colin Long, President of the Victorian Trades Hall Council

Colin Long is the Just Transitions Organiser at Victorian Trades Hall Council, Melbourne, Australia. He is also responsible for supporting Trades Hall's work on cooperatives, and is a founder and Board member of Earthworker, Cooperative Power Australia (an energy retailer) and Hope Cooperative (a cooperative of young asylum seekers). He is a member of the Global Advisory Board of Trade Unions for Energy Democracy, a board member of The Next Economy, and several other national and international union climate change organisations.

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