Institute Events

What Can Australia Expect from Nuclear Energy?

Sydney, Wednesday 18 April 2018 4pm - 5.30pm followed by reception.

Special Guest: Hon John Barilaro, Deputy Premier of New South Wales

This briefing follows Deputy Premier Barilaro’s participation in the International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. The Deputy Premier will report on his discussions with officials of the US, Canada and Argentina and leading business people on prospects for international collaboration to speed up nuclear energy and industrial development.

Questions for discussion included:

  • How can Australia and the region benefit from nuclear energy?
  • Will small modular reactors (SMRs) be a game-changer for the power system?
  • Will SMRs be compatible with climate policy, transport policy and industrial development needs?
  • What is the likely timing? Can it be speeded up?
  • How can communities be involved?

Attendees heard the Deputy Premier’s stimulating views on these issues. EPIA also assembled a panel of leading experts to join the Deputy Premier in a panel discussion, including:

  • Tony Irwin, Technical Director, SMR Nuclear Technology Pty Ltd
  • Daniel Zavattiero, Executive Director-Uranium, Minerals Council of Australia

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What will happen in 2018 to the electricity industry in Australia and abroad

Sydney, Tuesday 23 January 2018 4pm - 5.30pm followed by reception.

The Energy Policy Institute of Australia invites members and their guests to join a late afternoon briefing and panel discussion on what is likely to happen to the energy industry in 2018.

To join an enlightening and stimulating discussion on these issues, register now to attend EPIA's first event of the new year. EPIA has assembled a panel of leading experts, including:

  • Dr Ron Loveland, Energy Adviser to the Welsh Government
  • Dr Liz Develin, Deputy Secretary of the NSW Department of Planning and Environment
  • Dr Jonathan Mirrlees-Black of Cambridge Economic Policy Associates

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Energy Exchange Series Seminar

Brisbane, Thursday 26 October 2017, 6.00 - 8.00pm

On behalf of The University of Queensland, in association with the Energy Policy Institute of Australia, please join us on Thursday 26 October 2017 for an Energy Exchange Series event. This will take the form of an evening presentation at 6.00pm, followed by a cocktail hour on the River Terrace.

Our keynote speaker will be Mr Ali Al-Saffar (Energy Analyst, Directorate of Global Energy Economics, International Energy Agency). Ali’s visit follows our very successful Energy Exchange presentation in February by the IEA Executive Director, Dr Fatih Birol.

Ali will present on “The Southeast Asia Energy Outlook 2017” which is a World Energy Outlook Special Report. Ali is the lead author of this report, due for publication in October. His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion and question and answer session.

The Energy Exchange Series is designed to facilitate broad industry discussion of global energy issues. Each event features internationally acclaimed speakers in a programme proudly supported by The University of Queensland, in association with the Energy Policy Institute of Australia.

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Executive Briefing: Finkel Review

The EPIA hosted a late-afternoon Executive Briefing on:


Panel Chair: Jennifer Hewett, National Affairs Columnist, Australian Financial Review

Panel: Karen Moses, member of the Finkel Review, Tim O'Grady, Head of Government Affairs, Origin Energy, Stephen Galilee, CEO, NSW Minerals Council and Professor Chris Greig, Director, UQ Energy Initiative, University of Queensland

Date and Time: Wednesday 5 July 2017 at 4pm

Venue: Piper Alderman, Level 23 Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

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This briefing was part of a series of EPIA briefings on topical issues with an important bearing on the development of future energy policy in Australia.

The Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market: Blueprint for the Future (the Finkel Review) was released on 9 June. It proposed a Clean Energy Target and an Energy Security Board to implement it.

CLICK HERE to see EPIA’s policy paper of 16 June supporting Finkel’s key proposals.

Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg expects organisations like EPIA to speak out on the Finkel proposals.

Many delegates joined the EPIA for this expert panel discussion and participated in this historic debate.

Chair:                                    Jennifer Hewett, National Affairs Columnist, Australian Financial Review

            Panel:                        Karen Moses, member of the Finkel Review,

                                               Tim O’Grady, Head of Government Affairs, Origin Energy,

                                               Stephen Galilee, CEO, NSW Minerals Council and

                                               Professor Chris Greig, Director, UQ Energy Initiative, University of Queensland

            Date and Time:       Wednesday 5 July 2017 at 4pm until 5.30 pm followed by refreshments

Executive Briefing with Jessica Lovering

The EPIA hosted a late-afternoon Executive Briefing on:


Speaker:  Jessica Lovering, Energy Director, Breakthrough Institute, California, USA

Date and Time: Tuesday 30 May 2017 at 4pm 

Venue:   Piper Alderman, Level 23 Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Ms Lovering described how the US energy industry and the nuclear industry will need to be more innovative. She explained that:

  • The next generation of nuclear plants holds promise to be cheaper, safer, more flexible, and faster to build than the current fleet.
  • To meet the needs of deregulated markets in developed countries, and to outcompete cheap fossil fuels in the developing world, the nuclear industry will need to innovate.
  • Innovation will require far-reaching changes to the nuclear industry itself, and to the public institutions, policies, and regulations designed to support it.
  • It will more specifically require tilting the playing field away from large, incumbent nuclear firms and toward smaller, more entrepreneurial start-ups.
  • With its growing ecosystem of advanced nuclear companies, world-leading nuclear engineering programs and national laboratories, and extensive venture capital networks, the US is positioned to lead the shift.

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Global Energy Policy Under Trump - February 2017

Global energy markets face a pivotal moment with the change of leadership in Washington on January 20. President Trump has promised to make significant policy changes and reduce red tape and regulation to further unleash America’s potential to produce cheap energy. This will have widespread repercussions for energy-producing and energy-consuming countries, including Australia. We all need to understand what is coming, and to make sense of the sometimes contradictory declarations Mr. Trump and his team have written, said, and Tweeted on the way to the White House.  What happens next in this critical part of the global economy will affect every business in every country, and the topic deserves our keen attention. EPIA and AmCham were pleased to offer a true Washington Energy Policy Insider, visiting Australia just weeks after the new administration entered office.

The Energy Policy Institute teamed up with The American Chamber of Commerce in Australia to bring Barry Worthington, Executive Director of the United States Energy Association to speak at several luncheons in February - Sydney on 21st, Melbourne on 22nd and Brisbane on 23rd.

Barry K. Worthington has been the Executive Director of the United States Energy Association (USEA) since 1988. USEA is a bipartisan advisory organisation that represents 150 members across the U.S. energy sector, from the largest Fortune 500 companies to small energy consulting firms. USEA is also the U.S Member the World Energy Council, the UN-accredited global energy body that advises global energy leaders and countries on energy resource management. USEA’s team of international energy specialists work with the federal government, energy companies, and energy ministers to build out energy infrastructure in developing countries.

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Left : Niels Marquardt, CEO of American Chamber of Commerce

Centre: Barry Worthington, Executive Director the United States Energy Association

Right: Robert Pritchard, Executive Director of the Energy Policy Institute of Australia

Energy State of the Nation (ESON) 2016 - 18 March, Sydney

"After Paris: Integrating energy and climate change" 

As in previous years, the annual Energy State of the Nation (ESON) event delivered a day of excellent presentations and discussion on the challenging issues confronting both industry and government.  

Below are those presentations made available for download.

pdf'Australian government energy policy post-Paris' : Margaret Sewell, Head of Energy Division, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

pdf 'Keynote address: The future of the nuclear industry: the views of a global industry leader - with some observations on the SA Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission' : Jeff Benjamin, Senior Vice President, Westinghouse Electric Co, USA (presented by Rita Bowser, Vice President, Westinghouse Electric Co, USA) 

pdf'The future cost of Australia's electricity: the Australian Power Generation Technology Report'' : Tania Constable, Chief Executive Officer, CO2CRC Limited (Report Chair)

pdf'The future for renewable energy' Kane Thornton, Chief Executive, Clean Energy Council

pdf 'The COP21 Mission Innovation initiative and the future for low-emissions energy and technological innovation' Prof Chris Greig, UQ Energy Initiative, and Director, Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation, University of Queensland

pdf'A view from CSIRO: energy technology and Austrlaia's national outlook' : Alex Wonhas, Executive Director, Environment, Energy and Resources, CSIRO

Views from government and industry - panel discussion

pdfRodger Whitby, CEO, The St Baker Energy Innovation Fund
pdfDavid Pryke, Executive General Manager, Siemens

pdf'A web-based solution to energy illiteracy : the project'' : Caroline Statt, Chair, Future Energy Leaders (FELs) Group, Energy Policy Institute of Australia

pdf'A view from Europe' : Ron Loveland, Energy Advisory to the Welsh Government

Keep up-to-date, visit the ESON 2016 website: click here

Industry Briefing - Australian Energy Policy: Unfinished Business? (May 2015)

Energy industry stakeholders were invited to attend one of a series of policy briefings and panel discussions conducted in in Sydney and Brisbane in May by Institute Executive Director Robert Pritchard.

Each briefing provided participants with an analysis of:

  • What’s right and what’s wrong with Australian energy policy?
  • Can investors have confidence in the current policy?
  • Is the current policy likely to survive the next electoral cycle intact?
  • How is climate policy to be integrated with energy policy?
  • Is there a need for further reform and what are the real barriers to this?
  • What future role might the COAG Energy Council play?

These briefings followed the release of the Energy White Paper by the Commonwealth Minister for Industry and Science.

Each participant was provided with a table comparing and contrasting the Energy White Paper and the Institute’s nine policy recommendations.

Each briefing and panel discussion included leading energy industry figures from each centre.

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Energy State of the Nation (ESON) 2015 - 20 March, Sydney

'Energy Policy, Energy Markets | Getting the priorities right' was the theme of the 9th annual ESON forum.

ESON was held on Friday 20 March in Sydney at the Amora Hotel Jamison.  Topics discussed included ..

  • Integrating energy policy and climate policy - How can this be done without crippling investment in the energy industry and damaging the economy? 
  • How do we encourage innovation? Will a policy of technology diversity and neutrality work?

Governments must get their priorities right!  ESON2015 debated this issue.  

ESON was preceded on Thursday 19 March by [Y]ESON - the [Young]Energy State of the Nation forum.  [Y]ESON was open to future energy leaders who were nominated by members of the Energy Policy Institute.  

Click on the links below to view some of the speaker presentations.

Dr Alan Broadfoot, Director, Newcastle Institute of Energy and Resources, University of Newcastle

Mr Richard Grace, Chief Currency & Rates Strategist, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Mr John Jamieson, Markets & Risk Manager, APA Group

Mr Jarrod Powell, Government and International Relations Advisor, ANSTO

Mr John Ryan, Associate Secretary, Department of Science and Industry

Professor Yang Yufeng - part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7

Energy State of the Nation (ESON) 2014

ESON 2014, Sydney : 21 March

The Energy Policy Institute is devoting ESON2014 to 'Defining the Australian Energy Vision'

pdfClick here to download the program.

Click on the links below to download available presentations.

pdfMr Harry Kenyon-Slaney, Chief Executive Energy, Rio Tinto - 'Energy exports: Australia's place in the energy world'

pdfMr Jim Snow, Director, Oakley Greenwood - 'The economic impact of high energy prices'

pdfProfessor Chris Greig, Director, UQ Initiative - 'Towards a low-carbon energy sector in Australia'

pdfDr Pete Lyons, Assisstant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy, US Department of Energy - 'Keynote Address: US nuclear policy and activities - domestically and abroad'

pdfDr Adi Paterson, Chief Executive Officer, ANSTO - Session 2 panellist

pdfMr Rod Johannessen, General Manager Strategy and Service Delivery, APAP Group - Session 2 panellist

pdfThe Hon Martin Ferguson, AM - 'Energy policy in prospect and retrospect'

pdfDr Peta Ashworth, CSIRO Science into Society Group - 'Community and stakeholder participation in energy'

EPIA Briefing, 8 August 2013 : Guest speaker - Randa Fahmy Hudome

International guest speaker Ms Randa Fahmy Hudome of Fahmy Hudome International, government relations consultants of Washington DC shared her views on: 

  • The geopolitics of US energy independence.
  • How the US is managing the controversy over unconventional gas production and what Australia can learn from US experience.
  • The implications of US exports of LNG for global and Australian gas markets.
  • How the US is moving ahead with integration of its energy security and climate policies.

An internationally recognised expert in energy policy and Middle East/North Africa market access, Randa has more than twenty-five years of legal and public policy experience, including service in both the executive and legislative branches of the United States Government.

Randa is a former US Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy, and has served as the Department of Energy’s representative to the Paris-based International Energy Agency.

pdfClick here to download a copy of Randa's presentation.  

Following Randa’s presentation there was a wide-ranging panel discussion and Q&A session involving three leading Australian energy industry figures.


4.30 pm   

Opening remarks by Robert Pritchard, Executive Director, Energy Policy Institute of Australia

4.40 pm Presentation by Randa Fahmy Hudome
5.10 pm

Panel discussion and Q&A with ..

  • Keith Orchison, Principal of Coolibah Consulting
  • Lyall Howard, Policy Director NSW, APPEA
  • Sam Maresh, Manager Government Relations NSW, Rio Tinto
6.00 pm Close followed by a reception and informal discussions with Ms Fahmy Hudome and the panellists

Acknowledgment: The EPIA deeply appreciates the generosity of Rio Tinto Energy and the University of Queensland Energy Initiative in sponsoring Ms Fahmy Hudome’s visit to Australia. The EPIA also appreciates the generosity of King & Wood Mallesons in providing the venue for her Sydney presentation.

Venue:                 King & Wood Mallesons, Level 61, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Energy State of the Nation (ESON) 2013

ESON and [Y]ESON 2013, Sydney

ESON (Energy State of the Nation) 2013 was held on Friday 22 March in Sydney at the Pullman Hyde Park Hotel.  Click here for the ESON program. Click here for the [Y]ESON program.

Much of the day was devoted to panel discussion and open forum sessions, but presentations by the following speakers are available for download:

Hon Martin Ferguson AM MP, Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism, speech presented by Martin Hoffman, Deputy Secretary, Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism.

Jeff Dimery, Chief Executive Officer, Alinta Energy

Matt Halliday, Chief Financial Officer, Rio Tinto Energy

David Byers, Chief Executive, APPEA

Professor Quentin Grafton, Executive Director / Chief Economist, Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics

Darren Pace, Director, Energy Policy Institute of Australia; and, Senior Strategy Analyst, Alinta Energy

Download the KPMG/EPIA Financing Report launched at ESON 2013.


NSW PAC Report Briefing 2012

The Institute, in association with King & Wood Mallesons, presented this special policy briefing and discussion on "The Future of Energy Supply in New South Wales after the Commonwealth Energy White Paper and the NSW Public Accounts Committee Report". 

Speakers were....

Opening Comments: Jonathan O'Dea MP
Chairman, NSW Public Accounts Committee
Panellists: Rob Stokes MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy
Jonathan O'Dea MP
Chairman, NSW Public Accounts Committee
Keith Orchison, Coolibah Consulting
Tony Wood, Grattan Institute
Moderator: Robert Pritchard, Energy Policy Institute of Australia

To download a copy of the report please click here.

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2012 Energy Market Reform: the Way Ahead

Tuesday 7 August : 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm
InterContinental Hotel, Sydney

Guest speaker: 
The Hon Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister of Australia

Please click here for the transcript of the Prime Minister's address to Institute members and guests.

See also 'Electricity policy buzz increases', an article by the Institute's Executive Director, Robert Pritchard, published in the AFR online on 24 August. 


2012 Energy State of the Nation (ESON) Forum

Energy State of the Nation Forum (ESON) took place on Friday 23 March 2012. 

 Download the final program here .

Most of the day was devoted to panel discussion and open forum sessions, but presentations by the following speakers are available for download:

Also available for download here is the Institute's submission to the Government on the Energy White Paper process .  The Institute would like to thank all participants for their valuable input on the day to discussion on the day.

The Institute would also like to express its appreciation to the sponsors of ESON 2012.


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The Institute's Future Energy Leaders forum [Y]ESON was held on the day preceding ESON.  A report will be available shortly.  Click here to view a short video.





What's New

Submission to the Department of the Environment and Energy on its Public Consultation Paper:

“Underwriting New Generation Investments.” (October 2018)

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Policy Research Note: "The Likely Viability of Nuclear Power in Australia"

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A Preliminary Commentary on the Collapse of the National Energy Guarantee

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Report on EPIA's April event: "What Can Australia Expect from Nuclear Energy?"

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The Institute’s submission to the COAG Energy Council, August 2016.

Policy Papers

Public Policy Papers: A compendium of Key Points (to May 2018) 

Since May 2013 the Institute has published 20 Public Policy Papers.

pdfClick here to view the compendium of key points. 


Public Policy Papers : A Compendium of Key Points (Aug 2016)

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Since May 2013 the Institute has published twelve Public Policy Papers.

pdfClick here to view the compendium of key points.

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