The University of Newcastle, Australia

Clean energy in conference spotlight

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The University of Newcastle's Tom Farrell Institute* for the Environment, in partnership with NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, is running a clean-energy conference this Friday, November 21, at the Hunter Valley Hotel Academy, Kurri Kurri, TAFE.

Renewable energy

The full day of presentations includes 30 renewable energy guest speakers.

The institute believes regional responses to clean-energy opportunities will define the future for Australia. A conference dinner following the presentations will provide networking opportunities. 

The conference is a chance to learn about real examples of real communities making real differences and achieving real economic and social development.

 The world-leading research is inspiring and presentation topics include:

  • community renewable energy ownership models
  • financing models
  • new technology
  • bio-energy
  • wind energy
  • solar energy
  • government and policy.

Leslie Williams, NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy, will discuss the state's nation-leading policies on clean energy. Beyond Zero Emissions' Stephen Bygrave will raise the reality of a zero-emission future. Kim Mallee, from the North Coast Energy Forum, will outline the work of a community-owned energy retailer.

Community Power Agency's Jarra Hicks will detail the efforts of regional communities across the globe working towards a clean-energy future.

"Regional Australia has the sunlight and the knowledge to replicate the successful move to renewable energy seen in Germany where long-term job growth and new high-tech export industries have resulted," Tom Farrell Institute Director, Professor Tim Roberts, said.

Other topics include solar paint, strata-title funded solar, the Whole of Regional Renewable Energy Collaboration, and agriculture biomass and energy.Register online www.bit.ly/18mPzhm. General delegate admission is $195, or $40 for students and concession card holders. The conference dinner is $50 per person.

For more information, contact Tim Roberts, Nigel Stace or Belinda McNab at the Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment, University of Newcastle, on 4921 5700. 

The NSW OEH is running an Energy Efficiency Expo at the same venue on Thursday, November 20.

* The Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment (TFI) is the gateway to environmental research and teaching at the University of Newcastle. The Centre's vision is to help develop regional solutions for a sustainable future. It aims to integrate the University's teaching, research and community engagement into those solutions.

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