New CEO Appointed at SEA

Monday 25th August 2014

Mike Laughton-Smith, Chair of the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA) Board of Directors, today announced the appointment of Dermot Costello as SEA's new Chief Executive Officer.

‘The Board is delighted to have secured the services of a highly motivated individual with solid industry and commercial experience, who is passionate about sustainability,' says SEA Chair, Mr Laughton-Smith.

Palmer United Party Stand on RET Welcomed

Wednesday 25th June 2014

The WA Renewable Energy Alliance (WAREA) congratulates Clive Palmer and the Palmer United Party for moving to promote and protect the developing renewable energy sector.

Today Mr Palmer announced that the Party would not support change to the Renewable Energy Target (RET) until at least after the next Federal election.

Friday 23 May 2014

The announcement today of Australia's first major off-grid solar farm in the mining sector to be built in far north Queensland is great news for renewable energy, the resources sector, and for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), who are providing funding for the project, the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia ( said today.

The 6.7 megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) farm will be built in two stages at SEA member Rio Tinto's remote bauxite operations in Weipa. ARENA is providing $3.5million toward the first stage of the project, which with an initial capacity of 1.7MW will provide power to the mine, town and port facilities.

Budget Delivers Big Blows to Sustainable Energy

13 May 2014

The Government's axing of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) in the Federal Budget is both a regressive step for Australia and a reversal of a pre-election commitment to retain the Agency, said the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia ( today.

"ARENA was designed to increase the supply of renewable energy in Australia, and to make it more affordable. It has been welcomed by both the industry and by investors, who were looking at Australia as a growing market for clean technologies," SEA Chief Executive Kirsten Rose said tonight.

RET Review Begins

17 February 2014

The Federal Government today announced the beginning of their review of Australia's Renewable Energy Target (RET), with an emphasis on evaluating its effectiveness and cost.

The Sustainable Energy Association of Australia ( believes this is an opportunity for the renewable energy industry to reiterate the substantial benefits a stable target has delivered - and will continue to deliver - to the Australian economy.

New SEA Board Announced at 2013 AGM

The Sustainable Energy Association of Australia ( held its Annual General Meeting yesterday and is pleased to announce new members on its board.

SEA welcomes two new board members, Rodney Littlejohn, Managing Director of Tersum Energy ( and Antony Piccinini of FRV Services Australia (

Rod and Antony fill board vacancies arising from the resignations of Alannah MacTiernan, the recently elected Federal Member for Perth, and Harry Porrins, a founding member of SEA.

Kelli Friar of Horizon Power and Sean Webb of UWA were re-elected to the board, and Board member Mike Laughton-Smith of Balance Services Group was elected Chairman. Ray Wills of Duda&Wills continues in his role as Deputy Chair.


SEA 2013 Federal Election Policy Scorecard

The Sustainable Energy Association of Australia ( today releases its 2013 Policy Scorecard in advance of the Federal election on 7 September. SEA's Scorecard evaluates the policies of the leading political parties against the needs and objectives of the sustainable energy industry. Download Scorecard here.

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