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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Energy All-Star Awards Winners

All Star Energy Award Winners and Thank You
    Energy All-Star Awards Winners and Thank You!

Thank You!

A big thank you to everyone who contributed, supported, and attended our 2013 Summer Study.

To our 320 attendees, we hope you found the event relaxing, informative, and valuable.

To our panel leaders and speakers, thank you for your contributions to our sessions and for sharing your insight and knowledge.

To our sponsors and supporters, we could not have done it without you.

We are already looking forward to planning the 2014 Summer Study to be held in Melbourne!


Congratulations to the Energy All-Star Awards Winners

Thank you to the Hon. Yvette D’Ath, Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (pictured below with the Award Winners) and The Chaser’s Craig Reucassel for speaking at and presenting this year’s Energy All-Star Awards. It was evening to remember, even more so for our Energy All-Star Awards Winners:

Energy Efficiency All Star Winner: Rod Sheppard, Carbon Reduction Industries 

Rod won for his dedication and passion in striving for a more sustainable and energy efficient future,  and more specifically, his product, the EcoSwitch ( EcoSwitch has been used to reduce standby power in thousands of households, businesses and educational institutions across Australia helping 'average' people to reduce their carbon footprint and also for the savings on electricity bills!
While the EcoSwitch has gone on to win many awards for it's simplicity and innovation, Rod himself remains an unsung hero. He has persevered in taking the product to market (despite the many challenges) and his belief in real-world sustainable change is an inspiration.

Peak Demand Management All Star Winner
: Mark Lendich, Energex  

Mark set up the Energex Energy Conservation and Demand Management group for Energex, which is delivering the largest Demand Management program in Australia. The program delivers services to both residential as well as commercial and industrial customers and is well ahead of our targets.

Distributed Generation All Star Winner
: Ric Brazzale, Green Energy Trading  

Ric won for his unwavering commitment to reducing Australia's greenhouse gases by employing distributed generation as a methodology. Not only does he talk the talk, but walks the walk. After forming and leading the Australian Business Council for Sustainable Energy (now known as the Clean Energy Council), Ric used his depth of knowledge and business acumen to build a substantial group of businesses' concentrated on distributed generation/energy efficiency. He deserves recognition from his peers as a fierce advocate for the uptake of distributed generation in this country.

Joint Rising Stars Winners
: Nicky Ison (pictured) and Jarra Hicks, Community Power Agency  

Nicky and Jarra are the co-founders of the ground-breaking Community Power Agency (CPA). Both have strong backgrounds in advocacy for a sustainable energy future.

CPA was established to grow the community renewables sector in Australia. CPA aims to ‘decarbonise, decentralise and democratise’ the energy system, based on the premise that an energy revolution must encompass social and political concerns. To set up CPA, both Nicky and Jarra undertook self funded study tours of community renewable energy projects around the world.

CPA works with communities around Australia to set up renewable energy projects, and has created a consortium (government, community renewables developers, research institutions, NGOs and community groups) to explore and address the systemic barriers to such projects in Australia. CPA’s advocacy was also instrumental in establishing the recently announced NSW Government funding program for community renewable projects.

Congratulations to Meg Argyriou - Winner of trip to ECEEE Summer Study in the French Riviera

Meg (of ClimateWorks) was the lucky Summer Study delegate to win a trip to attend the 2013 European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy Summer Study at Belambra Les Criques, France! Congrats, Meg! We wish we could join you!  

Coming Soon: Summer Study presentations, videos, and photos!

We will soon have the presentations and select video and photos from the Summer Study on the website for you to enjoy and refer to. In the meantime, here are a few photos to start with:






The 2nd A2SE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency and Decentralised Energy was 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

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