Community Energy Congress

February 27 & 28, 2017 - Melbourne, Australia

Community Energy Congress

Organised by the Coalition for Community Energy, the Community Energy Congress is the premier event on Australia’s community energy calendar. Congress 2017 will bring together up to 800 people to strengthen this budding sector. Together we will share information, develop skills, foster new networks, celebrate success, and plan for action.

Grassroots energy enterprises, which number more than 80 nation-wide, harness the power of communities to increase local energy security, bolster regional development partnerships, enhance community cohesion, reduce carbon emissions, and work towards a just energy transition.

Community Energy Congress aims to inspire a host of community energy advocates, from the experts who pioneered the sector, to those who are just starting their foray into the community energy space. Groups developing projects will benefit from the education and networking opportunities, while people interested in starting a project will have everything they need at their fingertips.

Congress 2017 is also for organisations looking to partner with and support community energy, including renewable energy developers, policy makers, network companies, retailers, councils, NGOs and regulators, lawyers, financiers, and more. There is something for everyone.

The C4CE Community Energy Congress won’t be two days of talking heads. It is not just a showcase; it’s a living, breathing experience where people will be able to collaborate, engage, and share their experiences and tools. Newcomers to the sector can be inspired, learn, and get involved. Policy makers and mainstream energy actors can find out how to work with the innovative thinkers in the community sector.

There will be practical and off-site sessions, master classes, business model training, and workshops on dealing with key barriers. This is the sector’s defining event and is not to be missed.

Agenda Highlights

  • Energy Justice
  • Unlocking community energy
  • Planning for action
  • A shared vision for Australia’s community energy sector
  • Meeting the challenges of the energy transition – new technologies and models of community energy
  • Working with network companies
  • How to: Models of community solar
  • Renewable energy in Aboriginal communities
  • Training – Building community and political support for your project
  • Working with retailers