The Clean Energy Council is the peak body representing Australia's clean energy sector. It is an industry association made up of more than 600 member companies operating in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency.
The CEC's members are involved in the development or deployment of clean energy technologies such as bioenergy, cogeneration, energy efficiency, geothermal, hydro, solar, solar hot water, marine energy and wind.
The CEC is an incorporated not-for-profit association which is based in Melbourne and operates nationally. It is funded principally by membership fees, with additional income generated by events and activities such as industry accreditation programs.
It provides a variety of services to members but its primary role is to develop and advocate effective policy to accelerate the development and deployment of all clean energy technologies. The CEC also promotes awareness of the industry, thought leadership and clean energy business opportunities through industry events, meetings, newsletters, directorates and the media.
The CEC reports to a 9-person board elected by its members. The board advises on the organisation's strategic direction and financial management.
The CEC's policy and advocacy work is guided by a committee, comprising a representative of each sponsoring member and the chair of each directorate. The Policy and Advocacy committee reports to the board.
The CEC operates directorates consisting of representatives from member companies to advise the council on policy and industry development issues in specific areas of the clean energy industry. These directorates include:
- Commercial/utility PV
- Emerging technologies
- Energy efficiency
- International policy
- Domestic PV
- Solar thermal
- Solar hot water/heat pump
Membership benefits of the Clean Energy Council
Members of the CEC receive the following benefits:
- Advocacy on their behalf to governments to drive policies that accelerate development of the industry
- Invitations to member-only events organised by the CEC
- The opportunity to participate in industry development programs
- Briefings on market and regulatory developments affecting the industry
- Access to the latest information on government policies and programs, which in many cases have been developed with input from the CEC
- Advice on the latest regulatory and market issues that will affect project development and operations
- Daily media updates
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