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The Clean Energy Council is the peak body for the clean energy industry in Australia.

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VISION AND MISSION

Our vision is for Australia to be powered by clean energy.

We work to accelerate Australia’s transition to a clean energy future, laying the foundations for Australia to become a clean energy superpower.

We are committed to accelerating the transformation of Australia’s energy system to one that is smarter and cleaner. We lead and support the growth of clean energy in Australia by:

  • Providing a strong voice for our members
  • Standing up for and promoting the clean energy industry
  • Developing and driving effective policy and advocacy
  • Working with industry to continually improve standards and maintain integrity
  • Working closely with local, state and federal governments to remove roadblocks and increase demand for clean energy products
  • Providing services and initiatives to members and the wider industry that help grow the sector

39.4%

of Australia's energy generation came from renewable sources in 2023.

5.9GW

of renewable capacity (large- and small-scale combined) was added to the grid in 2023.

3.7m

Approximately 3.7 million Australian households have rooftop solar PV systems installed.

GOVERNANCE

Meet our board

The Clean Energy Council is governed by a board of 10 directors.

Our members help shape the direction of the Council by voting for directors in our Annual General Meetings, dependent on their level of membership. You can get involved by becoming a member.

Peter Cowling

our board

Chair

Peter Cowling Head of Australia, Mint Renewables
With more than 20 years’ experience and responsibility for more than 5 GW of renewables projects, Peter brings a wealth of industry experience as well as past experience on the board of the Clean Energy Council.
Alex Moran

Alex Moran

Senior Manager, Partner & Commercial Services, Ausgrid
Alex is an engineering leader with 20 years’ experience in utilities and a passion for delivering innovative ideas, with the aim of transforming Australia’s energy landscape for a cleaner and smarter future.
Dennis Freedman

Dennis Freedman

Managing Director ANZ, Aquila Clean Energy APAC
Dennis brings more than 15 years of Australian energy experience to the board, across renewable generation and electricity transmission. Aquila Clean Energy APAC has a pipeline of over 3GW in wind, solar, BESS and Solar - BESS hybrids across Australia and New Zealand.
Fredrik Andrén-Sandberg

Fredrik Andrén-Sandberg

Head of Public Affairs for APAC, Vestas
Fredrik brings more than 12 years of international renewable energy experience. He has worked broadly with renewable technologies across offshore and onshore wind, solar, hydrogen (PtX), biomass and mobility solutions.
Karen Gould

Karen Gould

Managing Director, Palisade
Karen is committed to renewables advocacy with a diverse career in the industry spanning 17 years. She has extensive governance experience and is a non-executive director on five boards, including the Clean Energy Council.
Lillian Patterson

Lillian Patterson

Director of Renewables, WSP
Lillian is a recognised industry leader and trusted advisor. At WSP she leads a national team providing engineering consulting services across large-scale solar, BESS, onshore wind and offshore wind.
Philip Cullum

Philip Cullum

Principal, Consumer-wise Consulting
Philip is an experienced director, regulator and consumer advocate. He set up Consumer-wise Consulting, working on strategy, policy, engagement and governance.
Steven Oswald

Steven Oswald

Chief Commercial Officer, RES Australia
Steven is a senior executive with over 25 years’ experience in the development, construction, and operation of renewable projects. Steven is passionate about workplace health and safety, community engagement, and workplace diversity and inclusion.
Warwick Johnston

Warwick Johnston

Managing Director, Sunwiz
Warwick is the managing director of SunWiz, a consultancy that helps Australia’s solar industry improve their competitiveness. Warwick is a fierce advocate for the role of solar energy in Australia’s energy supply.

LEADERSHIP

Meet our Executive Leadership Team


Our Executive Leadership Team is responsible for managing the delivery of our strategic plan by inspiring, supporting and collaborating with colleagues and other stakeholders.

Kane Thornton

Leadership

CEO

Kane Thornton Chief Executive
Australia is taking big steps in the global leap towards a clean energy future. We're here to support our members leading that charge.
Arron Wood AM

Arron Wood AM

Chief Policy and Impact Officer
What a privilege it is to lead our team of policy thought leaders and change agents and help drive Australia's renewable energy transition.
Ashleigh Dalmau

Ashleigh Dalmau

Chief Operating Officer
I'm so proud to be leading this team of change-makers, combining my commitment to customer-focused solutions and operational efficiency with my passion for spearheading the clean energy transition.
Mike Duffy

Mike Duffy

Chief of Media and Communications
In the words of Sir David Attenborough, 'Saving our planet is now a communications challenge.' I'm passionate about bringing my media experience to lead my skilled team in tackling this challenge.

POLICY AND ADVOCACY

Meet our Directors

The majority of our policy work is developed alongside our members in directorates, with smaller working groups and committees tackling specific challenges.

You can find a list of all our current committees on 'Our work'; members can log into their portal to read more and join.

Dr Anita Talberg

Dr Anita Talberg

Director, Workforce Development
Clean energy is key to Australia’s future, as are the people behind the technologies, so I’m thrilled to be championing the jobs of tomorrow.
Anna Freeman

Anna Freeman

Policy Director, Decarbonisation
What’s not to love about promoting clean energy developments, which helps the environment, creates jobs and drives regional development?
Christiaan Zuur

Christiaan Zuur

Director, Market, Investment and Grid
The transition to 100 per cent renewables is first and foremost a challenge of economics and engineering, which I'm excited to tackle with some of the best minds in the business and find a way forward.
Con Hristodoulidis

Con Hristodoulidis

Director, Distributed Energy
Australians are installing rooftop solar at record levels. I'm excited to be driving policy outcomes that support accelerated uptake of small-scale renewable technologies by all Australians.
Morgan Rossiter

Morgan Rossiter

Director, Offshore Wind
It's an extraordinary moment for Australia's future, and I am excited to work with our members on unlocking this enormous opportunity for offshore wind in Australia.
Dr Nicholas Aberle

Dr Nicholas Aberle

Director, Energy Generation and Storage
I am excited to be bringing my skills and experience to the CEC at this critical juncture as the industry prepares to make ever-bigger strides forward.
Nicole Boldt

Nicole Boldt

Acting Director, Workforce Development
With tens of thousands of new workers needed to build Australia's clean energy projects, I'm particularly interested in developing the skills of the workforce to support the clean economy transition.
Tracey Stinson

Tracey Stinson

Regional Director, Queensland
It's fantastic to be able to bring my experience and strong relationships with state organisations and government bodies to help deliver a renewable energy future for Queensland.