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The Future of Energy in the Hunter: a seminar exploring the energy future of our region
June 15, 2011 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
In many ways, the Hunter Region is synonymous with the fossil fuel powered past of economic development. For decades the region has been a key centre of raw material production for energy generation, as well as being a centre of energy consumption by high energy demand industries, such as steel making, aluminium smelting and heavy rail and shipping transport.
Is this model also the future of the Hunter Region? Much has already changed and there are increasing signs that the region is showing leadership in innovation, planning and cultural change that will transform the way energy is generated, distributed and consumed, both regionally and nationally. Regional researchers, producers and consumers have recognised the economic and environmental benefits of new approaches to the energy needs of our communities.
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The program for the afternoon is structured around three key themes:
- Policy drivers for changing approaches to energy management in the region
- Generating energy – what options could be part of the mix for the Hunter?
- Consuming energy – opportunities for more efficient transmission and clever demand management
Featuring speakers who are industry leaders in energy policy, energy science and engineering and communication about energy reform, the afternoon will offer the chance to hear about how local organisations are transforming the way energy is generated, distributed and consumed. Speakers will include:
- Brad Mullard – Executive Director, Minerals; NSW Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services
- James McGregor – Energy Systems Manager; CSIRO Energy Technology
- Neil Williams – Environment Manager; Eraring Energy
- Michael Moraza – Group General Manager, Upstream Gas; AGL
- Richard Finlay-Jones – Director; EcoEnviro
- Tania Ritchie – Solar Team Communications and Technical Officer; CSIRO Energy Technology
- Gary Ellem – Director; Carbon Valley Project and Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment
- Matt Riley – Climate Change, Air and Noise Specialist; NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
- Paul Graham – Carbon Futures Theme Leader; CSIRO Energy Technology
- Peter Jamieson – Director; Umwelt
- Peter Dormand – Environment and Climate Change Manager; City of Newcastle
- Evan Steverson – Stakeholder Relationship Manager, Smart Grid Smart City; Ausgrid
- Alan Broadfoot – Director; Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources.
Brad Mullard; James McGregor; Neil Williams; Michael Moraza; Richard Finlay-Jones; Tania Ritchie; Gary Ellem; Matt Riley;