Last week Clive Palmer ignited debate on the Renewable Energy Target, this week Federal Government backbenchers weighed in on behalf of aluminium producers, and meanwhile the anti-dumping investigation into solar panels continues – meaning the upcoming Clean Energy Week conference in Sydney is primed to fire up with lively and topical discussion from industry leaders and politicians.

The theme of Clean Energy Week 2014, which is proudly sponsored by Trina Solar and NAB and will start on 22 July, is Energy at the Crossroads. This reflects the importance of decisions that will be made by the Federal Government this year about policies such as the Renewable Energy Target and the implications these will have into the future.

Clean Energy Council Chief Executive David Green said the event, which starts on 22 July, featured almost 170 speakers delivering a mix of topics critical to the next 12 months in clean energy.

“With Australia’s energy industry currently at a crossroads, the discussion will range from policy and politics through to financing and technical issues affecting the industry. We will also explore a few alternative futures that we might see based on decisions that are being made over the next few months,” Mr Green said.    

“Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Leigh Sales will speak at the event’s Gala Dinner. Recently appointed New South Wales Environment Minister Rob Stokes will join federal Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry Bob Baldwin and Mark Butler, the federal Shadow Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water to provide a range of political perspectives in the opening session.

“And in our Captains of Industry session chaired by Clean Energy Regulator Chloe Munro, Innes Willox, Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group, will talk about climate policy against the backdrop of a challenging period for local businesses and manufacturers.

Christine Lins of leading international organisation REN21 will provide a global perspective on clean energy, while ACT Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development Simon Corbell will talk about some of his government’s innovative ways of supporting renewable energy,” he said.

Clean Energy Council Chair and Infigen Energy Managing Director Miles George will play an integral role throughout the conference.

Held across two venues in Sydney, Clean Energy Week will incorporate ATRAA (Australia's largest solar event), a huge free trade show, a Policy and Finance Conference, and a professional development day for solar installers. At least 2000 delegates are expected to attend.

The program includes a host of prominent local and international experts, politicians, business leaders and financiers.

Greens Leader Christine Milne will open the ATRAA solar conference, and the event will include a rolling line-up some of the solar industry’s leading technical experts to ensure those attending are completely up to date with all the latest developments.

Other speaker highlights at the Policy and Finance Conference include the Associate Director of the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory Dr Bryan Hannegan,  Director, Energy & Resources at NAB Ally Bonakdar, Managing Director of Frontier Economics Danny Price and Bloomberg New Energy Finance Australia head Kobad Bhavnagri.  

Clean Energy Week runs from 22-25 July 2014. More information about the program, the featured speakers and registration can be found on the Clean Energy Week website.

Please contact Clean Energy Council Media Manager Mark Bretherton on 0413 556 981 for more information or to arrange an interview.