Summer Study Tackles Smarter Energy Market Reform
Last month, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) committed to the most comprehensive shake-up of the National Electricity Market in a decade. The key impetus for this reform was rising electricity prices, mainly driven by increased electricity network spending.
The reform package focused on more regulatory muscle, reviewing reliability standards, and more flexible prices. While the proposed reforms are mostly very welcome, they don’t promote the biggest, cheapest and most sustainable way to rein in energy bills: energy efficiency. Nor do the reforms directly help energy utilities become more profitable by helping customers save energy and encouraging distributed generation. And they don’t help redirect unnecessary infrastructure spending into transforming markets for more efficient buildings, appliances and equipment.
Which means there’s lots more reform to be done. With sessions on Energy Markets, Market Transformation, Regulation and Peak Demand Management, this year's Summer Study will highlight the links between electricity market reform and smarter energy use. Join us at the Summer Study in this most crucial debate to ensure that when it comes energy reform, our greatest energy resource is also our first energy choice.
Yet More Inspiring Speakers Announced
The stellar line up of speakers for Summer Study continues to grow. We are delighted announce the following additions
CEO, Clean Energy Finance Corporation
VP Regulatory Affairs, Opower USA
(2012 Global CleanTech Company of the Year)
CDO, Energy and Climate Change, City of Sydney
Campaigns Director, GetUp
Dr Yamina Saheb
Sustainable Building Centre, IEA, Paris
Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd
To check out our full list of international, local, and keynote speakers and topics, see
Bird Registration Deadline Extended:
Okay. We have got the message that many people are still on
holidays. So we are further extending the early bird to Tuesday 29
January (after the long weekend). If you are lucky enough to be away,
enjoy your summer holidays. But if you are already back, why not register
Nominate an Energy All-Star!
The A2SE Energy All-Star Awards aim to recognise pioneers and unsung heroes of smarter and cleaner energy use.
Who do you think deserves to be nominated for an A2SE Energy All-Star Award?
to nominate a standout individual who has made a significant energy
saving impact on households, businesses, education or government. There
are four categories for individuals to be nominated in:
1. Energy efficiency 2. Peak demand management 3. Distributed generation, and 4. Rising star
(up to 30 years of age).
Nominations for all four categories close on 31 January
will be judged by our expert panel, and Award winners announced at the
Summer Study Energy All-Star Awards Night on Thursday 28 February 2013.
28 Feb is Energy Users Day
Efficiency and Decentralised Energy is nothing without the people who
use energy. That’s why the Summer Study offers an engaging and inspiring
program for energy users. It’s also why Thursday 28 February has been
specifically designed for business energy users
and managers. Supported by AusIndustry and the Department of Resources
Energy and Tourism, the day will be packed with great speakers and
forums on energy efficiency and demand management for business energy
users, including sessions on case studies, programs, grant funding and
financing. See the Program for details and watch this space for more information over the next few weeks.
A2SE Staff Update
We would like to take this opportunity to say thanks and good luck to Scott McClellan who recently departed A2SE, and a warm welcome to Laura Wynne who has joined A2SE as Program Manager.
David recently moved to Australia after a brilliant career in clean energy in the UK. He holds the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Energy made by the UK Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainble Energy Group.
David was founding Chief Executive of the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy and launched the national charity Neighbourhood Energy Action that has worked, since 1981, with its local partners to secure warmer homes for many millions of lower income households.
He has also contributed to a wide range of reports and activities on energy policy and chaired the Mayor of London's Energy Partnership. David has advised governments around the globe on energy efficiency and clean energy and was a member of the UK Government's Delegation to the World Summit on Sustainable Development.
David was awarded the MBE in 1986 and the OBE in 2003.
What Makes the Summer Study Unique?
It's not just about contributions from world leading experts...
It's not just the amazing diversity of themes across markets, regulation, technology, culture, policy and government...
It's not just the abundant informal time for networking and collaboration...
It's also the fun, relaxed, informal, live-in format that allows in-depth discussions to develop across the event, fostering cross-fertilising of ideas and making lasting connections.
Who Should Participate:
All energy efficiency, demand management and distributed
energy practitioners and stakeholders from:
The 2nd A2SE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency and Decentralised Energy is a not for profit event run by the Australian Alliance to Save Energy (A2SE). The A2SE is an independent, not-for-profit coalition of business, government and environmental leaders. It supports the widespread introduction of the world’s best practices and technologies in energy efficiency. The organisation informs public and policy discussions on energy efficiency, demand management, environmental protection and sustainability through high quality, unbiased research. A2SE’s key research partner is the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney, and it has established links with global leaders in energy efficiency and decentralised energy including The American Council for an Energy Efficient Future, The Alliance to Save Energy (USA), The Energy Saving Trust (UK), The World Alliance for Decentralised Energy (WADE), European Alliance to Save Energy, the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and the Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (India).
The Clean Energy Council is the peak body representing Australia’s clean energy and energy efficiency sector. It is an industry association that provides a unified voice for over 550 member companies involved in the development or deployment of technologies such as solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, wave, bioenergy, cogeneration, storage and energy efficiency. The Clean Energy Council provides a variety of services to members but its primary role is to develop and advocate effective policy to accelerate the development and deployment of all clean energy technologies. The council also promotes awareness of the industry, thought leadership and clean energy business opportunities through industry events, meetings, newsletters, directorates and the media. For more information visit