Community Renewable Energy Forum

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The Forum will provide an overview of what’s happening in the renewable energy sphere and go on to talk about what households, businesses, clubs and potentially, whole towns can do to embrace the advantages of renewable energy.

The Forum will be structured as follows:

What’s happening?

Simon Corbell, Victoria’s Renewable Energy Advocate, will discuss current progress toward achieving the Paris Climate Agreement targets globally and within Australia, the threats that rising energy costs and lack of energy security pose for our community and recent advancements in renewable energy technology.

Nick Carrazzo from the Alternative Technology Association will discuss the status and prospects of solar and batteries at the local level – for communities and residences.

Tobi Geiger, Managing Director of West Wind Energy will discuss the role of wind power in Victoria, the challenges and opportunities of sharing the benefits with local communities and the regulatory environment relating to the Bellarine.

Tristan Edis, Director of Analysis & Advisory at Green Energy Markets and Barwon Heads local will provide further comment on trends and issues about the future of renewable energy.

What can we do?

Andrea Pape, Sustainability Victoria’s Strategic Coordinator in the Barwon South West region, will share the results of a recent survey that reveals where public opinion regarding climate change sits in our community.

Alex Houlston, Director and co-founder of clean energy services company, Energy for the People (and Ocean Grove local) and Dan Cowdell, coordinator of Geelong Sustainability Group’s Community Owned Renewable Energy project will share some examples of community renewable energy projects. They will discuss what is being done within the Geelong community and abroad in terms of leveraging renewable energy to tackle climate change, reduce the cost of energy, achieve energy security and create a range of community benefits.

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The session will end with a discussion forum in which each of our speakers will form a panel that will answer questions from the audience.

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