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SERREE Renewable Energy Business Forum

16 May 2018

Regional Development Australia ACT continued its popular series of SERREE Regional Renewable Energy Business Forums with another successful event held Wednesday, 16 May 2018. This event brought the region's key renewable energy industry stakeholders together with its training and education providers.

Presented in partnership with the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) and supported by the ACT Government, the SERREE Business Forum was held at CIT Bruce across two venues: the High Risk Training Facility and Bruce Hall.

The event showcased our region’s higher education and vocational skills training resources currently available to further develop the renewable energy industry workforce of the future.

Program highlights included a demonstration of CIT’s Global Wind Organisation accredited wind farm training, and an update on the CIT’s wind farm and solar photovoltaic training programs. The program also featured an interactive Forum Discussion that provided an opportunity for the renewable energy ‘Industry’ sector to talk with the relevant ‘Education’ sector to ensure the training being offered meets the current needs of industry.

Daniel Harding, A/Director, Energy Markets and Renewables, Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate, presented an update on ACT Government renewable energy policy and programs.

Professor Ken Baldwin, Director of the ANU’s Energy Change Institute, presented an overview of renewable energy programs currently available at this internationally recognised institute.

Information on additional education offerings from around the region were also presented, including  Windlab’s Wind Masters course, Kaje Cyber’s Renewables Plant Cybersecurity training, REEP’s Renewable Energy Tour Guiding course, along with information on the latest funding support from the ACT’s Training Fund Authority.

The final presentation featured a keynote presented by Jarra Hicks who recently authored the Clean Energy Council (CEC) Report:  Enhancing Positive Social Outcomes from Wind Farm Development – Evaluating community engagement and benefit-sharing in Australia.

This report provides a snapshot of current community engagement and benefit-sharing practices at Australian wind farms. It presents a foundation for better understanding between wind farm developers and communities, as well as a range of recommendations for sharing the benefits of these projects with locals.  An interactive Q&A session followed to further discuss this topic.

SERREE’s Business Forums are highly-regarded for their Networking sessions and this Forum continued that tradition with ample opportunities for members to connect with others in the industry including over drinks and nibbles at the conclusion of the official program.

Regional Development Australia ACT would like to thank Event Partner - the Canberra Institute of Technology and SERREE Key Supporter - the ACT Government's Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate.

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