Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia, 16–18 November 2021 2021

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Ashley Bland

Managing Director, Constructive Energy Pty Ltd

Ashley Bland

Abstract

What the Grid! Emerging models, issues and opportunities in regional energy networks

Our energy systems are rapidly marching back to the future with the advent of affordable and user-friendly energy powerplants at residential to industrial scale. However, the grid, electricity network operators and market rule-makers are struggling to keep up with the pace of market-led change.

Regional Australia stands to benefit greatly from the economic shift when energy is generated and consumed locally, including for transport. What are the strategic settings required to optimise the impact of renewable energy transition in a region?

Factors include best-practice project development and benefit sharing at the large scale, community participation and investment at smaller scale, and leveraging the potential for affordable, renewable energy in developing energy intensive industries.

Key messages:

Leaders and decision-makers need to be aware of trends, opportunities and constraints in the energy sector to maximise regional impacts and avoid being locked-out of future opportunities.

Biography

With a farming background and formal training in Engineering, Ecology and Rural Leadership, Ashley has worked in the mining, agriculture, conservation, water, waste and energy sectors. His holistic approach and capacity for creative thinking has lead to development and delivery of many high impact innovative projects for both government and private industry.

Ashley is a Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, an Adjunct to Charles Sturt University, Associate Partner to the Green Homes International Group and Director of his own consultancy, Constructive Energy. He is passionate about the alignment of environmental, social and economic goals in Regional Australia and the need to maximise the local impact of emerging technologies and business models.