The Clean Energy Council (CEC) National Conference, which will take place on 3–5 May at the Adelaide Convention Centre, is one such event. As an official media partner, EcoGeneration will be covering the event, bringing both delegates and those who cannot attend regular online news on developments at the conference.

“Clean energy is a dynamic space and the boundaries change regularly as government and industry work together to get the framework right for investment,” says Matthew Warren, Chief Executive Officer of the CEC.

“The reality is that we still have a long way to go, but the exciting thing is that this is an emerging industry where we all have a very real chance to shape the future of our country.”

The conference will feature an opening address from Minister for Climate Change, Water and Energy Efficiency Penny Wong, and a keynote address from CEO of AGL Energy Michael Fraser, who will discuss the importance of reforms to the Renewable Energy Target.

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Policy development in Australia will be a key theme of the conference with several important policy makers set to present, including Department of Climate Change Deputy Secretary Geoff Leeper; Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism Deputy Secretary Drew Clarke; and Renewable Energy Regulator Andrew Livingston.

The conference will also explore policy gaps in Australia, with the perspectives of industry heavyweights from the major renewable energy sectors in Australia. But this will not be at the expense of broader discussions, such as the need to drive renewables globally, and Australia as a competitor in the clean energy investment sector. The event will also have workshops and technical sessions devoted to wind power, geothermal energy, solar power, and bioenergy.

The conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, which is not only situated in one of Australia’s most environmentally aware states, but is also home to many green initiatives of its own.

Although South Australia makes up only 8 per cent of the national population, it can boast 48 per cent of Australia’s wind power capacity, 41 per cent of its grid-connected solar energy, and 80 per cent of all geothermal activity either proposed or underway.

Mirroring the environmental interests of the state, the Adelaide Convention Centre currently sources 20 per cent of its energy needs from renewable sources, and has applied for inclusion in the South Australian Government’s Solar City Program with the aim of installing roof top solar panels.

Visit the event website to find out more about the conference and exhibition.