Industrial energy efficiency

Trent Hawkins - Zero Net Energy Towns

Trent Hawkins is Senior Consultant at renewables and energy efficiency consultancy Enhar. He joins Beyond Zero to talk about his latest technical research on Zero Net Energy Towns. This project looks at supporting Australian towns and villages assess and design their own plan to achieve 100% renewable energy over a period of 5-10 years. Trent has completed a report about Uralla NSW which is a Z-NET Case Study Town. 

Trent was the Project Director of the recently published Zero Carbon Australia Buildings Plan at Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE). The report is a groundbreaking new pathway for Australia's existing buildings to respond to the challenges of climate change, dependence on fossil fuels, and rising energy prices. Trent was a research director with BZE, a climate change solutions think tank for over three years, including playing a role in senior management of the organization. He was a contributing author to the Banksia award-winning Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan. Trent is a Mechanical Engineer with a background in renewable energy and computational modelling.

Craig Roussac CEO Buildings Alive

Craig Roussac is CEO and co-founder of Buildings Alive, an independent energy efficiency information service for building owners and operators.  Craig is a Fulbright Scholar, a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney and previously director of the Investa Sustainability Institute's program of action research for sustainability in the built environment. 

Abbie Curtis, Sustainability Analyst at Verdantix


Abbie Curtis, Sustainability Analyst at Verdantix, researches and provides authoritative data, analysis and advice to help clients succeed with their energy, environment and sustainability strategies.

Verdantix clients are located in more than 100 countries, ranging from the world’s largest power utilities, oil and gas firms and chemicals firms to VC-backed energy and building technology start-ups.
Abbie explains Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and her projects in operational areas such as energy management, GHG management, facilities management, EH&S, sustainability assurance and sustainability reporting.

Abbie is author of the report "Rethinking Sustainability: Brand Risks & Opportunities”, which found successful marketing officers to integrating sustainability into their corporate brands.

Mary Ann Piette, Director of the Demand Response Research Center, LBNL

Mary Ann Piette is head of the Building Technology and Urban Systems department and director of the Demand Response Research Center at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Mary Ann speaks about the work carried out within their Environmental Energy Technologies Division and the changes she has seen throughout her 30 year career at LBNL, starting with focusing on building construction and materials to the latest in building automation systems, smart grids and demand response.

Rob Murray-Leach CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council


Rob Murray-Leach is the CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC), the peak body for commercial and industrial energy efficiency. Energy efficiency is one of the fastest growing sectors of the world economy, with HSBC estimating that global revenue from energy efficiency more than doubled between 2008 and 2009 to reach $164 billion. Rob joins Beyond Zero's Anthony Daniele to talk about emissions abatement, demand response, efficient appliances and the effects of the recently introduced carbon price on energy efficiency policies. Rob believes that most businesses can reduce 30- 50% of their emissions through energy efficiency.

Rob has an extensive background in climate change, energy, transport and sustainability, as an author on the Garnaut Climate Change Review and senior policy expert in the South Australian Government. His academic background from Oxford and Adelaide focused on behaviour and sustainability, and he has contributed to a number of texts in this field.
9/10/2012 EEC Member - Big Switch Projects conducts study on impact of carbon price on business power bills
31/7/2012 Rob Murray-Leach, CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council talks about how the amount of energy is wasted in Australia.


Colin Davis, CEO of kWhOURS

Colin Davis is CEO of Boston (US) based company kWhOURS, developer of Tablet-based data collection and management software for building energy efficiency professionals.

The team of energy professionals and software developers at kWhOURS has the goal of simplifying the data collection process; organize hundreds of pages of notes, lead the inexperienced user through a predefined set of questions, automatically associate photos and audio notes with the parts of the building they refer to, and quite simply, improve the field engineer’s quality of life. The software can cut up to 35% of the time and cost associated with conducting a building assessment. kWhOURS offers solutions for utilities, energy service companies (ESCOs), consultants and facility managers.

Zero Carbon Australia 2020 Buildings Plan

The Zero Carbon Australia 2020 (ZCA2020) Buildings Plan aims to demonstrate that there are no technical barriers to zero emission buildings in Australia. A dedicated team of about 50 pro-bono researchers from architects, builders and economists, to engineers, programmers and much more, have spent the last 18 months designing a zero net energy consumption building stock for Australia, through energy efficiency retrofits and zero carbon standards for new buildings.

Jeff Renaud, Director of EnerNOC, the world's largest demand response provider, pays businesses to use less power

Jeff Renaud is Director of the Australia & New Zealand division of EnerNOC, which helps commercial, institutional, and industrial organisations use energy more intelligently, pay less for it and generate cash flow that benefits their bottom line.

EnerNOC, which stands for Energy Network Operations Center, was founded in 2001 in Boston MA, U.S. and now has offices in Canada, the UK, Australia and NZ. It is the world's largest demand response provider. EnerNOC offers energy management solutions such as energy efficiency, reducing real-time demand for electricity, demand response programs, energy price risk management , load research, technology demonstrations, measurement, evaluation and enterprise carbon management, with the aim to improve energy supply transparency in competitive markets and mitigate emissions.

Enernoc pays businesses, to use less power when the electricity grid is under stress, and the power supplier in turn pays Enernoc for delivering the service. Most of Enernoc's Australian operations are in WA, where it deals with five large mining companies, as well as the agricultural sector, where they found a financial incentive to shut down mines for certain times during the year [Source: ]

Climate Spectator: Solar's hot, even when the sun is not

Matthew Wright

On the cloudiest day in the gloomiest weather, when I check my solar system I find it is still generating and exporting clean renewable energy into the grid. My solar system, like all rooftop solar systems, generates even when it's cloudy. That's because solar technology is able to produce electricity under diffuse light conditions.

Generally speaking, in the darkest, cloudiest hour on the gloomiest day, your solar system will be generating as much as 25 per cent of a normal clear day output. On a day with light cloud cover, your system could be achieving as much as 50 per cent of a normal clear-day's hour of production.

Abbott opens new front in climate war

By Leigh Ewbank

ABC The Drum reports: This week Tony Abbott and the Coalition opened up a new front in their ideological war against climate change action and carbon pricing.

In a move reminiscent of the US Tea Party, renewable energy has become the new target of Australia's conservative party.

Not content with the 'blood pledge' to repeal the carbon price, Abbott lieutenants Joe Hockey and Andrew Robb announced that a Coalition government would scrap the Clean Energy Finance Council (CEFC). If well designed and administered, the body is a potentially useful aid for Australia's transition to a 21st-Century clean economy. The plan to abolish the CEFC threatens $10 billion of investment: $5 billion exclusively for renewable energy and the remainder available for cleantech manufacturing, energy efficiency and enabling infrastructure.*

The announcement confirms suspicions that the Coalition is becoming an anti-renewable energy party. This unwarranted position has implications for the domestic renewable energy industry, decarbonising the economy, and the political landscape.

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