Former PM Malcolm Turnbull will again take the podium at the Smart Energy Council’s National Summit.

EXCLUSIVE: Malcolm Turnbull to headline National Smart Energy Summit

The Smart Energy Council is thrilled to announce that former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be speaking at the National Smart Energy Summit in Sydney on Tuesday 10 December. This will be the second Smart Energy Summit attended by Mr Turnbull in less than a year. At last year’s NSW Smart Energy Summit, Mr Turnbull famously declared “The challenge is to get from fossil fuels to a clean energy future… truly there has never been a more exciting time to be in the energy industry”.  The upbeat statement drew rousing applause from the 300 delegates filling the room to capacity. 

Mr Turnbull went on to outline the technological and economic reasons for accelerating the transition to renewable energy, and highlighted the clear economic prize for Australia that came with the adoption of renewable energy by virtue of lower electricity bills, the creation of thousands of jobs and reduction in carbon emissions.

Mr Turnbull used the NSW Smart Energy Summit to send a strong message to the Australian public and to the media: “The cost of coal cannot compete with renewables and storage which are cheaper; that is how we get to lower energy prices, and everyone has to open their eyes to the reality.”

He then reminded the audience that one of the best ways of dealing with the intermittency of renewable energy was through pumped hydro which would allow the energy to be stored and dispatched when needed.

During his three-year term as Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull announced the $6 billion Snowy 2.0 scheme and tried unsuccessfully to rally his colleagues’ support for the now defunct National Energy Guarantee.  Turnbull is also a former Environment Minister and held the portfolio when John Howard was PM, and remains just as enthusiastic today about renewable energy.

So come along to this year’s Summit and hear his latest thoughts and also learn from the businesses investing in a renewable energy future and the organisations that are helping make the transition a reality. Meet the influencers, decision makers, industry experts and expand your network and knowledge base.

The National Smart Energy Summit promises insights into the way forward for the industry, the impact of renewables in mitigating climate change and unlocking the path to a cleaner greener future.

Save the date: Tuesday December 10 at the Hilton Hotel, Sydney.

Joining Malcolm Turnbull in the top line-up are key industry identities including Dr Zhengrong Shi of SunMan who is recognised as one of the world’s most successful clean energy entrepreneurs, helping make solar energy affordable and available to all.

Along with Dr ZhengrongShi, multi award-winning scientist Prof Martin Green of UNSW who holds 30 records for solar cell efficiency will address the importance of the China Australia Partnership.

Gladys Berejiklian, Premier of New South Wales has been invited to take the stage to update the gathering on some vital NSW initiatives to facilitate the uptake of renewable energy and reduce emissions.

Award-winning social entrepreneur and Planet Ark founder Jon Dee of Arup will tell us more about major Australian corporations that are taking significant steps forward on energy efficiency and renewables.

Smart Energy Council Patron Professor John Hewson of the ANU Crawford School who is well known for presenting his candid views will be speaking at the Summit on the urgent need for action.

Former ACT Deputy Chief Minister Simon Corbell of Energy Estate has agreed to address the topical issue of hydrogen hubs and renewable energy zones.

Alex Hewitt of CWP Renewables will bring us up to date on the remarkable Asian Renewable Energy Hub project and Australia's potential as an energy exporter, and Eytan Lenko, Beyond Zero Emissions will address ‘Repowering Northern Territory’.

These will be joined by other high profile industry identities including Tim Washington of Jet Charge on the Electric Vehicle Revolution, Vincent Dwyer of Energy Estate, Roger Price of Windlab, John Grimes of the Smart Energy Council and many more.

The updated speaker list can be seen at 

The National Smart Energy Summit program covers a special segment on Corporate Leadership – Reducing Power Bills and Emissions with Renewables.

Delegates will hear from chief executives from a range of business sectors, including banking and insurance, about investments in renewable energy and using balance sheets to unlock the capital needed to decarbonise the energy supply.

On the agenda: Smart Energy Vision, A vision for Australia’s future that goes beyond 100 per cent renewables, building big renewable energy infrastructure projects, Hydrogen Hubs and Renewable Energy Zones to power north and south-east Asia

Storage Solutions: Large-scale storage, Battery storage Virtual Power Plants, Pumped hydro/hydrogen, Energy Efficiency and Time for Action.

The day’s addresses will be followed by networking drinks. 

Mark the date in your diary now:

Tuesday 10 December 2019

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