Electricity markets need more diversity and competition, not less.
The Sustainable Energy Association of Australia, and indeed all of the energy industry in Western Australia, have consistently opposed a remerger of Synergy and Verve.
Australian green tech conference Ecogen 2011 starts in Brisbane.
Queensland Minister for Energy and Water Utilities, Hon. Stephen Robertson MP, today opened the Ecogen 2011 (www.ecogen2011.com) 5-7 September 2011 in Brisbane, Australia.
Korea showcases green tech at ENTECH in Busan.

The Korea Trade Commission (KOTRA) is hosting ‘ENTECH 2011' starting today 31 Aug 2011 and running to 3 September 2011 in Busan, Korea.


Events 2011

Australia Electric Vehicle Conference 2011 (Supported by SEA)

Sebel & Citigate Hotel, Brisbane, Queensland – 26 October 2011

From theory to practice - presentations including EV trials,  charging Infrastructures, state policies, councils strategies, consumer market, smartgrid, renewables and more.

More information


IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) Asia Conference 2011 (Supported by SEA)

Perth, Western Australia – 13 to 16 November 2011

Sponsored by the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) and Curtin University, this conference will be a forum for the participants to discuss state-of-the-art innovations in smart grid technologies. It will feature special sessions and tutorials by international experts on smart grid applications. The primary objectives of the conference are to provide high quality research and professional interactions for the advancement of science, technology, and fellowship in the field of smart grid.

More information


EVENT:  The Hon Greg Combet, Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

Presenting On track to Australia's Clean Energy Future

The Gillard Government legislative package on Clean Energy has now passed through the House of Representatives. The Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet will speak about the package that will allow Australia to seize the economic and job opportunities that will come as the world tackles climate change and shifts to a clean energy future.

WHEN Monday, 24 October, 2011  1:45 PM - 3:30 PM (Ernst & Young Building, Perth)

Model Solar Challenge 2011

Model Solar Boat Challenge, 21 October 2011

Model Solar Car Challenge, 20 & 21 October 2011

SEA is committed to a sustainable energy future for all Australians and is proud to be hosting the Australian International Model Solar Challenge this year.

The focus of the competition is to connect with school students, educating them on better ways to use and conserve energy.

The Solar Boat Challenge is for primary students and the Solar Car Challenge is for secondary students.
Participation in this challenge provides students with an exciting and hands on educational experience, and the chance to engage and interact with other schools from all over Australia.

We are seeking the assistance of engineers to be involved in the mentoring program to support, assist and guide the school students (teams) towards the goal of building a model solar car. 

Please promote this event.

If you would like more information about getting involved or volunteering your services, please contact Cate Murray or 08 9228 1292.

Watch promotional video on YouTube


China’s clean technology landscape and opportunities for Australian industry

SEA Sundowner with Jane Wallis, Trade Commissioner for China, Austrade

Old Senate Room, Room G11, Irwin Street Building, The University of Western Australia – Monday 10 October 2011 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Hear about the growth of the Chinese clean technology market from the leader of Austrade China’s Clean Technology team, and learn how Australian companies can get involved in the China market.

Jane Wallis is a Trade Commissioner in Beijing at the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), and is leader of Austrade China’s Clean Technology team.  The role involves providing market advice and identifying key opportunities for Australian industry, while representing the Australian Government to key customers, the Chinese Government and stakeholders in China.  

This is a free by invitation event. Please contact Cate Murray  08 9228 1292 if you have not received your invitation.



James Poss, BigBelly Solar – Clean Technology & Renewable Energy Breakfast

Argyle Ballroom, Parmelia Hilton, Perth, Western Australia – Monday 17 October 2011 from 7:00am to 9:00am

James Poss, Founder and Chief Technology Officer of BigBelly Solar, is a globally-recognized innovator and entrepreneur. James founded BigBelly Solar in 2003 based on the idea of applying renewable energy to the complex and expensive process of waste collection.  Over the intervening years and three product generations, BigBelly Solar is now bringing operational efficiency and environmental benefits to customers in 48 US states and more than 30 countries.

For more information or RSVP please contact Lisa Murray 08 9228 1292


 All-Energy Exhibition and Conference 2011 (Supported by SEA)


Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre – 12 to 13 October 2011

All-Energy Australia 2011 is a free-to-delegate, business-to-business exhibition, conference and networking forum showcasing renewable energy, clean energy, sustainable transport and energy efficiency. It targets no single solution, but embraces all opportunities within the clean energy market. In 2010 All-Energy Australia attracted over 3000 delegates from 20 countries and featured 100 plus leading speakers in the multi stream conference.

All-Energy Australia 2011 is proudly supported by the State Government of Victoria and is being held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 12th to 13th October 2011.

More information 

EcoGen 2011 (SEA Supported event)

Just clean energy, all clean energy

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre – 04 to 07 September 2011 (Supported by SEA)

If you are attending Ecogen, please let us know if you are an exhibitor or delegate.


Entech 2011

BEXCO Exhibition Hall 2 and 3, Busan, Korea – 31 August 2011 to 03 September 2011

Korea’s first trade show covering environment, energy and carbon reduction.

Entech website

Special packages available for Australian exhibitors and visitors.

SEA encourages members with Korean interests to participate. More information from Michael Woodhams 08 9228 1292


Electric cars - Are they the answer? (Supported by SEA)

Parmelia Hilton Hotel, Perth – Monday 25 July 2011

The Perth Branch of the Australian Institute of Energy is hosting a luncheon and presentation by Peter Pudney, Senior Research Fellow, Engineering and Environment, University of South Australia.

Overview and Registration Form

[SEA members can register at AIE member prices]



Geothermal Tech Clinic: Preparing Australian business for a sustainable economy (Supported by SEA)

Perth, WA – 26 July 2011

Adelaide, SA – 29 July 2011

Melbourne, VIC – 1 August 2011

Sydney, NSW – 2 August 2011

Brisbane, QLD – 5 August 2011    

Geothermal Technical Clinic are being held in the above locations featuring Stephen Carroll, KPMG Director and guest speakers Jenny Archibald, Managing Director of GT Power; Dr. Donald Payne, Australian Geothermal Energy Group; and Ted Kantrowitz, Vice President of the Canadian GeoExchange Coalition.

Discussion will look at how geothermal energy and its related technologies can be used at a residential or small building scale; how geothermal energy can be used for small to medium scale commercial and industrial applications of heating and cooling and production of hot water; what sources of funding and tax incentives are available for the installation of direct use geothermal systems; what market development models for renewable energy technology have proven successful to date, and how might Australian stakeholders get involved in the geothermal Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning sector?

These workshops are supported by Enterprise Connect. Enterprise Connect is a $50 million a year Australian Government initiative that provides support to eligible Australian small and medium sized businesses.

More information and registration Jasmine Harpain



EcoGen Clean Energy Industry Briefing and Networking Drinks

Sponsored and hosted by Carnegie Wave Energy

Carnegie Wave Energy Facility, 21 North Mole Drive, Fremantle – 28 July 2011 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm

In the lead up to EcoGen 2011, keep up to date with the industry at a series of special clean energy industry briefing and networking sessions across major cities. The Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane events have been a resounding success, and we now move to Perth for the fourth instalment of the clean energy industry briefings to be hosted by Carnegie at their Wave Energy Research Facility in Fremantle.

Carnegie’s Wave Energy Research Facility in Fremantle, Western Australia consists of an integrated onshore and offshore test facility for its wave energy technology CETO. CETO is capable of producing zero-emission power and freshwater from the ocean’s waves. Most recently, the facility was used to assemble and characterise the hydraulic performance of CETO prior to the recent successful deployment and testing of Carnegie’s first commercial scale CETO unit off Garden Island, Western Australia.

Register here



Innovating for Green Growth – the new frontier in Sustainability

If you work in Manufacturing, Defence, Resources, Clean Tech and or Creative Industries and would like to learn about the carbon tax, management tools and standards for business excellence, barriers and solutions to energy efficiency, how to affect behaviour change to achieve real and lasting efficiencies and innovation, how to market and communicate in a green economy and more, join one of the FREE workshops around the country.  This series includes attendance at a one day workshop followed by three 90 minute webinars.

More information including dates and registration details


Mad Hatters Tea Party | Australia's Biggest Morning Tea - Thursday 26 May 2011, 9:30am - 11:00am 
The Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA) is pleased to invite you to ustralia's Biggest Morning Tea "Mad Hatter's Tea Party". 20.00 with proceeds being donated to the Cancer Council, Raffle, Prize for Best Hat

Venue: SEA Office, 48 Lake Street, Northbridge

RSVP: Monday, 23rd May to Loren Anderson
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T: (08) 9228 1212

Securing Federal support for WA Solar (Member Workshop) - Wednesday 11 May 2011

WA has not secured any funding from Solar Flagships, nor any significant funding for other renewable projects in WA. The SEA Board has asked that SEA convene a workshop to develop strategies to elicit greater support from the Federal Government for renewables in WA. The workshop will be held on Wednesday 11 May 2011 at the SEA Office. More details to follow.


Public Policy Breakfast Forum with Professor Ross Garnaut - Friday 3 June 2011
The John Curtin Institute of Public Policy (JCIPP) and Australian Sustainable Development Institute (ASDI) at Curtin University, in conjunction with the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA) are pleased to invite you to this Policy Forum Breakfast. More information and registration 

Public Policy Breakfast Forum with Professor Ross Garnaut, Perth, Friday 3 June 2011

The John Curtin Institute of Public Policy (JCIPP) and Australian Sustainable Development Institute (ASDI) at Curtin University, in conjunction with the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA) are pleased to present this Policy Forum Breakfast. EVENT FULLY BOOKED. More information and registration 

Industry briefing with Executive Director, Queensland Office of Clean Energy, Brisbane, Thursday 26 May 2011

Benn Barr, Executive Director, Clean Energy Policy, Queensland Office of Clean Energy, will be speaking at a Brisbane networking event sponsored by the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia. The event is the third in a series of special clean energy industry briefing and networking sessions taking place across major cities in the lead up to EcoGen 2011. 

Luncheon with Allan Jones
, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 pdf Details 479.78 Kb 


Allan discussed his work with the City of Sydney and how his ideas could be applied in Perth. 


He covered such issues as decentralised energy generation; renewable energy; reusing water and waste; and electric vehicles.

Please find links below to some web sites providing additional information on projects Allan Jones has been leading.








Energising South East Asia Conference and Exhibition 23-26 March 2011, Perth, Western Australia.

The conference program has been updated at www.energisingsea.com.au.



Energising SEA is an international conference dealing with Australian and SE Asian markets and will cover all aspects of sustainable energy including the built environment, infrastructure, transport, energy efficiency, energy generation and carbon markets across all sectors of industry and is one of the largest sustainable energy expos ever held in Australia.











Pictures of the events will be uploaded on the SEA Australia Facebook soon.









Also, speakers presentations will be uploaded over the next couple of weeks to the website 
www.energisingsea.com.au, but as most sessions were panel sessions, the richest content is in the panel dialogue - which will be presented as youtube videos once these are edited and uploaded in the next few weeks. (Some late program changes will also be corrected on the website as this happens.)

Some good coverage of conference content found in various articles on Climate Spectator - including today's item -http://www.climatespectator.com.au/commentary/green-deals-dogs-are-barking


Greening SEA - new smart meter operating


Western Power recently installed two Smart Meters at the SEA offices in Northbridge as a step towards greening up our building.

Western Power is working to build a smarter grid ready for a new era in energy use and is building a network that can accommodate future technologies. These include Smart Meters with two way communications, which, in addition to being installed at SEA, have been rolled out in the eastern suburbs of Perth. These Smart Meters will be combined with in-home displays to provide consumers with real time information about electricity consumption. The Smart Meters also support exporting power to the grid from PV's and other renewables.


Ricky from Western Power reads the new smart meters at SEA HQ!