All parties interested in becoming a member of the Clean Energy Council (CEC) must submit an application for membership. Membership applications must be approved by the Clean Energy Council Chief Executive and may be deferred to the Clean Energy Council Board of Directors where deemed necessary by the Chief Executive.
The Clean Energy Council requires members to comply with the Clean Energy Council Member Code of Conduct.
The Clean Energy Council may require an applicant to provide further information before making a determination on membership.
The Clean Energy Council may approve an applicant at a higher membership class than applied, where deemed appropriate.
If an application is rejected (outright or at a particular membership class), written reasons will be provided.
An applicant can submit a brief written case for their application to be reconsidered in the event that it is refused.
Membership with the Clean Energy Council is open to organisations active in the renewable energy, energy storage and energy efficiency industries.
The Board has an absolute discretion to determine whether an applicant fits within a Membership Class and currently exercises its discretion as follows:
Members shall be entitled to receive all benefits of membership relevant to their Membership Class as provided in the CEC Constitution and as otherwise determined by the Board or Chief Executive from time to time.
Members are requested to inform the Clean Energy Council of changes to turnover derived from clean energy-related activities.
The Clean Energy Council may request membership upgrades to reflect growth or an increase in clean energy-related activities of a member organisation since commencing membership to ensure equitable access to membership benefits.
Members may request a membership upgrade or downgrade to reflect changes in organisational activities/turnover.
Membership fees for each membership class shall be determined by the Board from time to time.
Standard membership class fees:
Special membership class fees:
An applicant for membership is taken to be admitted as a member upon the Board or Chief Executive (as delegated by the Board) approving the application and the applicant being entered onto the register of members. In exercising its discretion to approve members, the Board does not approve the application until membership fees are received.
Each prospective member is obliged to pay the stated membership fee for their membership class for a 12-month membership period, unless exempted by the Chief Executive.
Membership fees shall be paid in full by no later than 30 days from the date of the membership fee invoice.
If membership fees are not paid in full within 60 days or the agreed period from the date of membership fee invoice, a new application for membership must be submitted for review unless exempted by the Chief Executive.
Membership renewal fees will be invoiced 30 days prior to the membership fee period end date. Membership benefits will automatically roll over into the following year and, should membership be subsequently cancelled without the renewal fees being paid, a pro rata fee will be incurred for services up to the date notice is received.
Once payment is overdue, all rights and privileges of membership (including Clean Energy Council member logo use) must cease as advised by the Clean Energy Council. Rights and privileges are to be reinstated upon payment of all arrears.
Member details will be recorded on an internal Clean Energy Council member register. This includes:
Membership ceases if the member:
Upon cessation or termination of membership, member details will be removed from the member register.
The Board cannot expel a member unless they:
Members may be expelled if they:
Current members should refer to the Clean Energy Council Constitution for full details on the rights and obligations of membership.