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.
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
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.
'Australian government energy policy post-Paris' : Margaret Sewell, Head of Energy Division, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
'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)
'The future cost of Australia's electricity: the Australian Power Generation Technology Report'' : Tania Constable, Chief Executive Officer, CO2CRC Limited (Report Chair)
'The future for renewable energy' : Kane Thornton, Chief Executive, Clean Energy Council
'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
'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
'A web-based solution to energy illiteracy : the energytechnologyoptions.com.au project'' : Caroline Statt, Chair, Future Energy Leaders (FELs) Group, Energy Policy Institute of Australia
'A view from Europe' : Ron Loveland, Energy Advisory to the Welsh Government
Keep up-to-date, visit the ESON 2016 website: click here
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:
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.
'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 ..
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.
ESON 2014, Sydney : 21 March
The Energy Policy Institute is devoting ESON2014 to 'Defining the Australian Energy Vision'.
Click here to download the program.
Click on the links below to download available presentations.
Mr Harry Kenyon-Slaney, Chief Executive Energy, Rio Tinto - 'Energy exports: Australia's place in the energy world'
Mr Jim Snow, Director, Oakley Greenwood - 'The economic impact of high energy prices'
Professor Chris Greig, Director, UQ Initiative - 'Towards a low-carbon energy sector in Australia'
Dr 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'
Dr Adi Paterson, Chief Executive Officer, ANSTO - Session 2 panellist
Mr Rod Johannessen, General Manager Strategy and Service Delivery, APAP Group - Session 2 panellist
The Hon Martin Ferguson, AM - 'Energy policy in prospect and retrospect'
Dr Peta Ashworth, CSIRO Science into Society Group - 'Community and stakeholder participation in energy'
International guest speaker Ms Randa Fahmy Hudome of Fahmy Hudome International, government relations consultants of Washington DC shared her views on:
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.
Click 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.
Opening remarks by Robert Pritchard, Executive Director, Energy Policy Institute of Australia
|4.40 pm||Presentation by Randa Fahmy Hudome|
Panel discussion and Q&A with ..
|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
ESON and [Y]ESON 2013, Sydney
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.
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".
|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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Tuesday 7 August : 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm
InterContinental Hotel, Sydney
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.
Energy State of the Nation Forum (ESON) took place on Friday 23 March 2012.
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.
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.
Final submission to the Finkel Review on Security of the NEM, March 2017
The Institute’s submission to the COAG Energy Council, August 2016.
Public Policy Paper 1/2017: How to reform the electricity market before we reach the top of a cliff
Click here to view this paper by Stephen Wilson, Cape Otway Associates
Public Policy Papers: A compendium of Key Points (to Feb 2017)
Since May 2013 the Institute has published fifteen Public Policy Papers.
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