Energy Futures Seminar: Can Australia fix its energy mess?
Energy policy in 2017 has been constantly in the media headlines, driven by the reality of the impact of high prices and security uncertainty and the ongoing, intense politicisation of energy and climate change policy.
The ACCC has delivered major reports during the year, including its Preliminary Report on its Electricity Supply and Prices Inquiry. The Energy Security Board was appointed by the COAG Energy Council and has made a big impact through its recommendation to Minister Frydenberg for a National Energy Guarantee.
We may be poised for a rare outbreak of bipartisanship and real progress on energy policy in 2018, or a depressing continuation of current trends that delivers the worst outcomes. Join the chair of the Energy Security Board, Kerry Schott, and the chair of the ACCC, Rod Sims, in MEI's last Future Energy forum for 2017 to reflect on 2017 and what is needed in 2018.
Kerry Schott is Chair of the Energy Security Board and a Director of NBN. She is also a member of the Direct Assets Committee for Aware Super.
Kerry was Managing Director and CEO of Sydney Water from 2006 to 2011. Before that Kerry spent 15 years as an investment banker, including as Managing Director of Deutsche Bank and Executive Vice President of Bankers Trust Australia. During this time she specialised in privatisation, restructuring, and infrastructure provision. Prior to becoming an investment banker Kerry was a public servant and an academic and since retiring from Sydney Water she has been an adviser to governments and a chair and director of several public sector owned companies.
Kerry holds a doctorate from Oxford University, a Masters of Arts from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and a Bachelor of Arts (first class Honours) from the University of New England. She was recently awarded an Order of Australia and Honorary Doctorates from the University of Sydney, the University of Western Sydney and the University of New England.