VIC | Session 1: Investment in Renewable Energy

    Business Forum 2017, VIC  | 

    Session 1: Investment in renewable energy

    Debate and the exchange of ideas are central to the transition to a low carbon energy future. However, given Australia’s false starts in regards to energy policy, this future is far from certain. Politicians in Australia have committed bipartisan support to an ambitious Renewable Energy Target, while the Paris Agreement has dictated that we must move towards zero emissions by 2030. Australia is also in a relatively unique position with its abundance of renewable, fossil and nuclear energy resources, yet we are faced with some of the highest energy prices in the world.

    Since the announcement of the RET, there has been rapid investment in renewable technologies, yet investment in complementary technologies has lagged. In this session at the 2017 Schneider Electric Innovation Hub Business Forum hosted by the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, we will discuss aspects of this ongoing transition with leading providers.


    Prof. Michael Brear, Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute - University of Melbourne

    Professor Michael Brear is the Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute at the University of Melbourne. He guides the Institute’s research on the technical, economic, environmental and social impacts of energy systems. Much of his own research is collaborative with industry and government on:

           - The technical, economic and environmental analysis of transport and energy systems;

           - Systems featuring reciprocating engines and gas turbines;

           - Combustion of conventional and alternative fuels.

    Michael is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Energy and he previously established the University’s Master of Energy Systems. Prior to commencing at the University, he undertook graduate studies at Cambridge University and post-doctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


    Matthew Doyle, Business Development Manager - Bouygues Construction

    Matt is a National Business Development Manager with Bouygues Construction Australia with more than 20 years of experience. After starting his career as a mechanical engineer in Australia and Ireland, his experience has expanded to see him work across a number of construction industry sectors including Renewable Energy, Civil Infrastructure, Mining Infrastructure and General Building including sub-sectors Mixed Use, Commercial, Residential, Retail, Heritage, Defence and Local and State Government. Matt’s strategic leadership and stakeholder management skills along with his ability to implement and deliver strategic projects has seen him take a key role in establishing Bouygues’ Energy and Services business in the Australian market - Bouygues are currently working on the construction of six large-scale solar farms across NSW and QLD. 

    Suzanne Ong, RME Expert DCNS

    Suzanne Ong advocates the positive contribution of marine renewable energies into the energy mix. Currently, her focus is on facilitating a Pre-Feasibility Study for Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion in a remote island, which involves multi-stakeholder engagements across the ecosystem to create a robust, well-informed development assessment.
    Prior to her role at DCNS Energies, she served in a number of capacities at SIRIM since 2011, including group strategic planning, technology intelligence, and international technology business matching in collaboration with the UNDP.

    Franck Woitiez, Managing Director Neoen Australia

    Franck Woitiez has started his career at the Phone House, before joining Neuf Telecom in 2000 as a Business Unit Director. From 2005 to 2009, he created and developed several businesses in Portugal, notably in the real estate market. In early 2009, he joined Louis Dreyfus Commodities in São Paulo (Brasil), in charge of the post-merger integration of the 2nd biggest renewable company in the world, LDC-SEV. In late 2010, he joined Neoen to create and manage its Portuguese subsidiary and led a successful bid on 58MW of solar projects proposed by the Portuguese Government. 

    He developed the projects jointly with Spanish Banco Santander in a 50/50 Joint-Venture with Neoen, and became the Managing Director of Neoen Australia when he started to develop the Australian activities of the company in 2012. Franck managed the purchase of the Investec Portfolio for Neoen Australia in 2014, and led the DeGrussa Solar Farm and the Hornsdale Wind Farm projects to Financial Close in July and August 2015. He also secured the first and the second Feed-In Tariff for the Hornsdale Wind Farm under the ACT Government Wind Auction program.

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