The Clean Energy Council awards, presented at the Australian Clean Energy Summit Gala Dinner, recognise excellence in the clean energy sector.

Clean Energy Council Award finalists

The finalists of the 2017 Clean Energy Council Awards have been announced.

The award winners will be announced on Tuesday 18 July at the NAB Gala Dinner as part of the Australian Clean Energy Summit in Sydney.

Innovation Award

This award is in recognition of the design and development of a ground-breaking
Australian clean energy project, product or solution.

  • AusNet Services worked with Greensync and PowerTec to establish a Community Mini Grid in a street in Mooroolbark, Victoria to try and imagine the future of energy grids in Australia. Homes in the project could share energy between themselves and the project investigated the operation of a stand-alone mini grid within the broader energy network using 100 per cent renewable energy. The project helped to better understand consumer behaviour when using energy management tools, and showed that the average participant was able to halve their power bills over the summer months.
     
  • Horizon Power has introduced an innovative new way of charging for electricity called “Power Plans” that aims to give customers better choice and control over their power bills. Acknowledging the confusion that many consumers face when it comes to electricity billing, Horizon has designed the Power Plans like mobile phone or internet bills, which most consumers already understand. People can track their real-time energy use through an app and save money by staying under a set allowance each hour.
     
  • After the Victorian Government agreed to purchase the large-scale generation certificates from the Kiata Wind Farm for a five-year period, Windlab was able to negotiate finance with NAB for the project over 19 years – an unprecedented result for the market at the time. Key to the deal was an offer from John Laing to acquire more than 72 per cent of the project at financial close. John Laing was both a partner in the project and a customer, and its involvement was important to securing financial backing from NAB.

Business Community Engagement Award

This award is in recognition of an organisation that demonstrated outstanding positive community engagement in relation to the Australian clean energy industry.

  • The Climate Council developed a strategy to combat the misinformation surrounding the role of renewable energy in the September 2016 state-wide blackout in South Australia. It also worked to communicate the role of climate change in extreme whether events and the importance of transitioning Australia to a renewable energy future. It used written and video communication, social media, journalist backgrounding and stakeholder briefings to help combat misinformation.
     
  • Horizon Power is a finalist for both the Innovation Award and the Business Community Engagement Award for its new “Power Plans”. The business essentially engaged the public as research partners, using an app to track their behaviour and engagement with the program. It also made use of a Facebook group and Facebook polls, interviews, group forums, in-depth surveys, email, SMS, an educational video and an account manager who could be contacted at any time.
     
  • Poor power reliability and high costs are a challenge when providing service to electricity customers in remote areas of the country. Western Power investigated the use of stand-alone power systems in regional Western Australia as an alternative to replacing hundreds of kilometres of overhead powerlines in areas with very few customers. Community and stakeholder engagement was an important part of the 12-month pilot's study, and the project attracted high satisfaction ratings from those involved.

Outstanding Contribution to Industry Award

The Outstanding Contribution to Industry Award will also be presented on Tuesday 18 July at the NAB Gala Dinner. This award acknowledges the contribution of an individual who has made a major and sustained contribution to the clean energy industry.

2016 Award winners

You can take a look at the 2016 award winners and finalists on the 2016 award winners page.

If you have any questions please email us at awards@cleanenergycouncil.org.au.