Australian Conference Attracts Major International Names

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A Solar Sailor docked in Sydney, Australia
A Solar Sailor docked in Sydney
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The future of the clean and renewal energy industry will come under the microscope when speakers representing more than a trillion dollars in private capital discuss the business of investing in the sector at a major conference in Australia next month.

To be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on October 7th and 8th, All-Energy Australia is the most prestigious clean energy event the country has seen and is modelled on a highly successful UK conference and exhibition.

3pm on Thursday, October 8th will see a 90-minute round table discussion that will involve the following industry heavyweights:

  • Bob Welsh, CEO, VicSuper, a major investor in cleantech energy.
  • Fred Buenrostro, former CEO of California Public Employees Retirement Scheme (CalPERS), USA. CalPERS is one of the world’s largest pension funds and a major “activist” investor in cleantech. Mr Buenrostro is one of the key architects of CalPERS cleantech investment strategy.
  • Steve Gibbs, Investor Group on Climate Change, Australia.
  • Jan Dekker, Principal, Cleantech Ventures Pty Ltd, which manages the investment funds available through the Centre for Energy and Greenhouse Technologies, an integral part of the State of Victoria’s investment in cleantech energy.
  • Peter Hanley, Division Director, Utilities & Climate Change, Macquarie Capital Advisers Limited, Australia, a venture capital investor in cleantech energy.
  • Lisa Wade, Partner, ArkX Equity Partners, Australia, another venture capital investor in cleantech energy.

Regional director of All-Energy Australia, Boyd Dale, says it is likely that this is the first time that so much private investment capital has been represented in one place at the one time in Australia. “It is not too much of a stretch to say that these finance leaders have the future of the clean energy sector in their hands,” Mr Dale says.

Free to registered delegates, this business-to-business event has attracted more than 100 Australian and international speakers and will showcase the latest technology and innovation in clean and renewal energy.

Among keynote speakers are Olivier Druecke, President of the European Solar Thermal Technology Industry Federation and Brad Page, CEO of the Energy Supply Association, along with Ian Gallet, who heads the Society of Underwater Technology and Victoria’s Energy and Resources Minister, Peter Batchelor, who will open the conference.

Others of note to address the two-day multi-stream conference will include Drew Clarke, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, Richard Elkington, General Manager Power & Environment for Loy Yang Power and Bruce Harrison, CEO of the Biofuels Association of Australia.

Mr Dale says “All-Energy Australia will provide a forum for discussion and networking between those involved in the industry and a good opportunity to mix with other likeminded individuals and companies. The event — hosted by the Victorian Department of Primary Industries and endorsed by the Australian Clean Energy Council and the Western Australian Sustainable Energy Association — will canvas all major themes relating to clean and sustainable energy development.”

Delegates are being drawn from around the world. Registrations to date include representatives from Europe, North America, the United Arab Emirates, China, India, Japan, Malaysia and Nepal.

The event organisers are also responsible for orchestrating All-Energy UK, Europe’s largest clean energy exhibition and conference, which has been staged annually in Aberdeen, Scotland, since 2001.

All-Energy UK ’09 – held in May – was the most successful yet, attracting more than 5,000 global participants, including nearly 400 exhibitors, from 60 countries.

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