What can we learn from the grotesque horrorshow that is Australian energy (failure of) Transition? An informal seminar. Note the access issues!! If you do not have a student or staff card allowing you access to the Alliance Manchester Business School, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and he will add your name to the guest list at the reception desk.
Seminar: The Australian Energy Transition: Big, small or somewhere in the middle?
Tuesday 9th April 2019, 3- 4pm
Venue: G.021, Alliance Manchester Business School (map)
The Australian Energy system is in flux. Aging coal-fired power stations need to be replaced. Renewables are going gangbusters. Three visions all have powerful interests behind them looking for subsidies: “High Efificiency- Low Emissions” coal plants, a gas future and renewable energy zones in the desert. People power is keeping rooftop solar for everyone in the picture. How could a mixture of small and large scale renewable energy – principally wind and solar, with grid and domestic storage – prevail?
This will be an informal seminar, with introductory remarks from Heather Smith, followed by discussion.
Heather Smith is an electrical engineer, a policy maker and a Churchill Fellow. In her third career she is focused on community energy and our energy transition. Heather volunteers with Citizens Own Renewable Energy Network Australia,(CORENA) and the Coalition for Community Energy, two of the organisations in the emerging community energy sector. Heather has recently commenced a PhD with UniSA looking at what it takes to redesign our electricity system. Microgrids and the growing independence of local energy systems will be the focus of her research.