The program for the Australian Clean Energy Summit will see two full days of sessions with the highest calibre of speakers from the clean energy industry.

Conference program by day

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Tuesday 31 July    /     Wednesday 1 August

Day one

  • DNV GL Expert Breakfast: Managing the Future of Energy Storage

    The global renewables market is poised for exponential growth, with the International Environmental Agency predicting that renewable sources of energy will meet 40% of the increase in primary demand by 2040. Consequently, a rise in demand for combined storage solutions is expected. 

    During this breakfast seminar, we will address challenges and opportunities related to project financing of energy storage systems. Our international experts will present the need for due diligence, standardisation & certification for grid-connected storage projects, as well as giving an introduction to our newly launched software - GPM Horizon, which provides real-time monitoring and fleet management for complete renewable energy portfolios including solar PV, wind and energy storage assets.

    Places are limited for this session. Register here

  • Energy policy in the 21st century

    Keynote presentations from the politicians shaping the future of clean energy policy in Australia.

    Session Chair

    • Rachel Watson, Acting CEO, Pacific Hydro
                                Chiar, Clean Energy Council


    • Kane Thornton, Chief Executive, Clean Energy Council
    • The Hon. Mark Butler MP
    • ​The Hon. Donald Harwin MLC
    • Senator Richard Di Natale, Leader of The Australian Greens
    • The Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio MP, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change
  • The opportunities and challenges for clean energy

    Session sponsor - Hydro Tasmania

    This panel will bring together thought leaders to discuss the rapid changes underway in the Australian energy sector, the opportunities and the big issues facing clean energy today and into the future.

    Session Chair

    • Kane Thornton, Chief Executive, Clean Energy Council


    • Jeff Connolly, CEO & Managing Director, Siemens Group, Australia Pacific
    • AP Tim Nelson, Chief Economist, AGL
    • John Titchen, Managing Director, Goldwind
    • Audrey Zibelman, CEO, AEMO


  • Global trends in renewable energy

    Session sponsor - Macquarie

    Global market trends and outlooks across the renewable energy & energy storage industry.

    Session chair

    • Kobad Bhavnagri, Head of Australia, Bloomberg New Energy Finance


    • Bob Bellemare, Chief Operating Officer, Array Technologies, Inc.
    • Morten Dyrholm, Group Senior Global Vice President, Vestas
    • Steven Oswald, Country Executive Australia & New Zealand, Manager Commercial Operations APAC, GE Renewable Energy, Onshore Wind
    • Fereidoon Sioshansi, President, Menlo Energy Economics
    • ​Sally Torgoman, Managing Director - Infrastructure Lead Advisory Group, PWC
  • Financing the clean energy revolution

    Session sponsor - Clean Energy Finance Corporation

    This session will explore the evolution and innovation underway to finance the billion-dollar investments necessary to transition Australia’s energy sector. It will cover what is happening in Australian and international financial markets, what this means for project developers, debt and equity providers and how this will change deal structures and project financing arrangements.

    Session Chair

    • Peter Castellas, Chief Executive Officer, Carbon Market Institute


    • Ian Learmonth, CEO, Clean Energy Finance Corporation
    • Alex Hewitt, Managing Director, CWP Renewables
    • Fiona McIntyre, Head of Energy & Utilities, Global Institutional Banking, Corporate & Institutional, National Australia Bank
    • Edward Northam, Head of Green Investment Group, Europe
  • Reform and regulation for a clean energy future

    This session will explore the status and outlook of smart regulation to support the deployment of clean energy solutions. How is regulation keeping pace with this change and what reform is necessary to ensure Australia has a secure, affordable and clean power system?

    Session Chair

    • Melanie Sutton, GM Energy Markets and Policy, Acciona


    • David Parker AM, Chair, Clean Energy Regulator
    • Kate Axup, Partner, Allens
    • John Pierce AO, Chair, Australian Energy Market Commission
    • Tony Wood, Energy Program Director, Grattan Institute