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Regional Development Australia ACT, under its SERREE Renewable Energy initiative, has been awarded the contract to provide Coordinator services to the Clean Energy Solution Centre’s (CESC) new Asia-Pacific node.

This CESC Asia-Pacific node is currently being established in Canberra as a collaborative venture between the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy and the ACT Government.  The CESC is supported globally by the United States, Sweden and Mexico, as well as Australia, and this new node will leverage Australia’s contribution to the Asia-Pacific region.

Basing the node in Canberra also capitalises on the ACT’s reputation as a national and international leader in renewable energy policy, education, technology innovation and business smarts, and provides opportunities to link the node in to Canberra’s global community of embassies.

The role of the CESC is to provide no-cost technical assistance in clean energy policy and finance to countries in all regions around the work, with a focus on emerging and developing economies.  CESC provides expert assistance and other resources to help government agencies design and adopt policies and programs that support the deployment of clean energy technologies.

The CESC is operated by the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and it currently has three main offerings: an ‘Ask an Expert’ policy assistance service, the provision of training and peer-to-peer learning forums, and an in-depth library of technical tools and publications.

Newly-appointed CESC Manager – Asia Pacific Region is Erik Ness, previously project leader in NREL's Integrated Applications Centre, where his work focused on expanding the use of renewable and energy efficiency technologies in the Asia-Pacific region. Erik has a background in policy analysis, business development, finance and technology analysis.

Since 2012, Erik has worked with island nations to develop strategies to reduce their consumption of fossil fuels.  He has worked on wind and waste-to-energy studies in Haiti and has consulted with several Pacific island countries and territories to develop strategic energy plans and policy implementation strategies.  Erik has also had an interest in promoting tribal energy development since the 1990s, when he worked for a consortium of tribes with fossil fuel and uranium resources.

The role of CESC Coordinator will be undertaken by RDA ACT Project Officer Matthew Keighley.  Matthew is also on a part-time secondment to Ginninderry where he is working on sustainability initiatives and a postgraduate student at the ANU where he undertaking a Masters in Energy Change.

We look forward to bringing you more news about the work of the CESC in coming e-news editions.

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