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Simon Corbell named honorary associate professor at ANU's Energy Change Institute

The ACT's "Mr Renewables", former environment minister Simon Corbell, has been named an honorary associate professor at the Australian National University's Energy Change Institute.

The appointment comes three months after the former deputy chief minister was also announced as Victoria's "Renewable Energy Advocate".

Mr Corbell made the announcement on Twitter on Friday morning.

"Excited to be made Honorary Associate Professor with @ANUEnergyChange, & to collaborations & learning with such outstanding energy experts," he tweeted.

The territory's longest serving politician, Mr Corbell quit politics last year after failing to secure preselection before the October ACT election.

A driving force in the ACT's move towards green energy, Mr Corbell said he would pursue a career in the renewables sector after politics.

Director of the Energy Change Institute Professor Ken Baldwin said the institute has "the broadest spectrum of energy research in the country extending from  science and technology all the way through to economics sociology, regulatory and policy research".

"Simon Corbell adds to that spectrum of activity particularly in the policy research side of things," Professor Baldwin said.

"Simon Corbell has had long and distinguished career in ACT politics as the minister for environment and climate change and during this time he was instrumental in developing the ACT government's climate and energy strategy.

"In particular, he established the ACT's climate plan which aims to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy by 2020 so the expertise he brings to this role in terms of the development of policy for renewable energy adds a significant component to the university's research capacity in this area."

Professor Baldwin said as an associate professor, Mr Corbell will be returning to Canberra from Melbourne to give presentations on policy development and possible give lectures to students. 

"He will also be participating with our researchers in the policy space on the expertise that he has in the development of renewable energy policy," Professor Baldwin said.


Source: The Canberra Times


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