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Renewable Energy Industry Cluster Conference

31 May 2016

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WHAT: SERREE Renewable Energy Industry Cluster Conference

WHEN: Tuesday, 31 May 2016

WHERE: QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit, Canberra ACT

Opportunities to Maximise Renewable Energy Business Growth and Success

Canberra’s biggest renewable energy industry event for 2016 – SERREE’s Renewable Energy Industry Cluster Conference, was held at QT Canberra on Tuesday, 31 May, hosted by the SERREE Renewable Energy Industry Cluster.

Delegates representing the renewable energy business and industry sector in the ACT and south east NSW region came together to share information on the latest opportunities for renewable energy industry development within this region, and beyond.  Speakers included global industry experts, national energy market stakeholders, and ACT, NSW and Federal Government energy policy and industry development professionals.

The ACT Minister for the Environment and Climate Change Simon Corbell MLA opened the Conference, providing an update on ACT Government renewable energy policy.  SERREE Director Liz Veitch welcomed delegates and particularly commended the spirit of collaboration that formed the platform for this Conference as demonstrated by 12 of the region’s wind energy proponents – strong competitors collectively sponsoring the Conference under SERREE’s collaborative banner.

The Conference program was facilitated throughout the day by SERREE Executive Chair Mark Schneider, with the highlight the Keynote Address by global cluster and competitiveness expert Dr Christian Ketels from the Harvard Business School, Boston on the topic: Opportunities to Optimise Business Growth and Success through Clustering.  Christian’s insights proved invaluable in progressing the development of business within the SERREE Industry Cluster and in forming the Renewables Precinct.

The morning’s focus theme of linking the membership of the SERREE Industry Cluster in with other successful global clean energy clusters opened a range of new opportunities for local companies wanting to participate in global value chains.  Austrade, DFAT and the Consulate of Kazakhstan presented opportunities for local companies to potentially contribute to the transfer of energy information on a global scale.

Plans to establish a CBR Renewables Precinct were outlined by the ACT’s Director of Energy and Waste Policy, Jon Sibley.  The Precinct initiative is to geographically co-locate new and established renewable energy businesses within the Canberra CBD, providing opportunities for business growth through collaboration, engagement with research IP, an innovative business incubator and links to global markets.

In the afternoon’s program, regional initiatives were presented by the NSW Department of Industry, Invest Canberra and the Canberra Innovation Network.  Stakeholder resources were also on tap including the AREMI Mapping Tool by Data 61, Clean Energy Solutions Centre, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and implications from the RET Annual Statement by the Clean Energy Regulator.

The formal program concluded with a Panel Discussion/ Q&A – at which conference speakers were joined by representatives from a range of industry, government and academic institutions to Scope a Pathway to the future for Canberra and its region – Renewables Industry Development.

The grand finale of every SERREE event is the always-popular Networking session, which for this Conference was presented in collaboration with the Clean Energy Council.

A big thank you to Conference sponsors and speakers, and the 112 SERREE network members who took the time to come along and engage with the day’s incentivising and pathway-forming program.

Pictured L-R: SERREE Chair, Mark Schneider; Keynote Speaker, Dr Christian Ketels; SERREE Director, Liz Veitch; and Minister Simon Corbell MLA

Dr Tony Haymet, Co-Founder of CleanTech San Diego

Dr Ariel Liebman, Co-Lead of the Australia Indonesia Energy Cluster

The SERREE Renewable Energy Cluster Conference was sponsored by:

Also, by invitation, a collaboration of SERREE's Wind Energy Proponents:



8.15 am: Conference Registration

9.00 am: Welcome to Delegates:  SERREE Chair Mark Schneider and
SERREE Director Liz Veitch

9.05 am: Opening Address:  ACT Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Simon Corbell MLA

9.15 am: Keynote Address: Dr Christian Ketels[1]: Opportunities to Maximise Business Growth and Success through Clustering

10.15 am: Q&A with Dr Ketels

10.30 am: Morning Tea

Session 2

11.00 am: Riding the wave:  Ups and downs of CleanTech San Diego since 2007, Dr Tony Haymet, Co-founder and former Chair of CleanTech San Diego, a business organisation devoted to advancing the clean technology economy

11.30 am: Australia’s energy future lies across the Timor Sea, Dr Ariel Liebman, Co-lead of the Australia Indonesia Energy Cluster

11.50 am: Environmental Goods and Services in Trade Agreements, Bruce Jones, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

12.10 pm: Global Trade Themes and Capability for Renewable Energy, Daniela Assis - Renewables Trade Adviser, Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)

12.30 pm: Networking Lunch - Including Expo 2017: Future Energy presentation, Andrew Fernyhough, Honorary Consul, Consulate of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Session 3

1.30 pm: Opportunities for Businesses within the CBR Renewables Precinct, Jon Sibley, ACT Government Environment and Planning Directorate

2.00 pm: Breakouts 1 and 2 –

Breakout 1: Precinct Workshop with Dr Ketels (exclusive to SERREE Industry Cluster members):  SERREE was commissioned by the ACT Government to scope the potential to establish a renewable energy business precinct in Canberra - the CBR Renewables Precinct.  Market research results suggest strong support for the Precinct, but there are still unresolved questions about its vision, role and form.

Breakout 2:

3.00 pm:  Afternoon Tea

Session 4

3.30 pm:  The Findings of Australia’s RET Annual Statement, Michelle Crosbie, General Manager Participation and Processing Branch, Clean Energy Regulator

3.50 pm: Large-scale renewable energy investment opportunities in NSW, Paul Bourke – Key Account Manager-Energy, Industry Investment & Export, Division of Energy and Resources, NSW Department of Industry

4.10 pm:  Clean Energy Solutions Centre, Helen Hawke, Assistant Manager, Resources and Energy International Team, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

4.20 pm: Discussion Panel/ Q&A:  Renewables Industry Development - Scoping a Pathway to the Future for Canberra and its region

5.00 - 6.00 pm: Networking drinks and canapés - in collaboration with the Clean Energy Council

[1] Dr Christian Ketels:  is a member of the Harvard Business School faculty - Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness.  He holds a PhD (Econ) from the London School of Economics and further degrees from the Kiel Institute for World Economics and Cologne University.   He is President of TCI, a global network of professionals in the field of competitiveness, clusters, and innovation.  Dr Ketels has led cluster and competitiveness projects in many parts of the world, written widely on economic policy issues, and is a frequent speaker on competitiveness and strategy in Europe, North America, and Asia.




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