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Australian Energy CouncilSupporting partnerAustralian Energy Council
The Australian Energy Council represents 21 major electricity and downstream natural gas businesses operating in competitive wholesale and retail energy markets. These businesses collectively generate the overwhelming majority of electricity in Australia and sell gas and electricity to over 10 million homes and businesses.
The energy council began operating from 1 January 2016. With Australia’s energy industry undergoing a period of rapid, transformative change member companies of the Energy Supply Association of Australia (esaa), the Energy Networks Association (ENA) and the Energy Retailers Association of Australia (ERAA) decided to reorganise and rationalise their representative associations in 2015.
From 1 January 2016, the merchant, non-network energy businesses commenced the Australian Energy Council and the ERAA merged into this new organisation.
Matthew Warren was appointed as its inaugural Chief Executive.
The ENA continues to serve its network members and absorbed the responsibility for Grid Australia activities on behalf of the electricity transmission sector.
Australian Pipelines and Gas AssociationSupporting partnerAustralian Pipelines and Gas Association
The Australian Pipelines and Gas Association Ltd (APGA) is the peak body representing Australasia’s pipeline infrastructure, with a focus on gas transmission, but also including transportation of other products, such as oil, water and slurry. Our members include constructors, owners, operators, advisers, engineering companies and suppliers of pipeline products and services.
APGA has been based in Canberra since January 1998 and has developed a strong presence and profile. APGA manages and promotes an annual Convention and Trade Exhibition as well as a comprehensive program of seminars, luncheons and dinners. APGA also provides information on, and promotes the interests of, the pipeline industry through public presentations, newspaper feature articles, editorial comment in The Australian Pipeliner and other publications, media releases as well as a regular newsletter to members.
An important role for APGA has been its industry research programs and the Association has strong working relationships with leading institutions. As part of this research focus, APGA has been a leading proponent in the development of the industry-accepted technical standard, AS 2885.
APGA’s role has broadened in response to governments economic reform policies and the consequent deregulation of the industry, particularly the privatisation of government-owned gas pipelines. The changes continue, and APGA is preparing for the evolving political, financial and economic environment and the impacts that this will have on the industry.
APGA is also involved in the climate change debate, reviewing government policies with regard to emissions trading and other greenhouse gas reduction measures.
Our overarching mission is to provide services for our members and to ensure the broader community, including government, industry and community groups, understand the benefits that a dynamic, market-driven Australian pipeline industry can deliver to the national economy and to regional development.
Gas Energy AustraliaSupporting partnerGas Energy Australia
Gas Energy Australia is now the national peak body representing downstream Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), along with Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).
The Association focuses on a range of areas in support of Australia’s national interest – to achieve energy security and economic prosperity in a lower carbon economy. The Association focuses on advocating the value and benefits of the fuels through engagement with government, state authorities and consumers. The Associations’ stakeholder engagement is supported by progressive policy development based on sound research, analysis and expert commentary, the on-going development of national standards and innovative products and technology, proactive media and communications, and the development of the Industry’s specialist workforce.
LPG, CNG and LNG are alternative fuel options that are versatile as well as affordable, and can be used for a range of applications in the residential, commercial, industrial and transport sectors. All three gases have lower greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) than petrol, diesel and electricity on an energy-equivalent basis and are a vital source of energy for hundreds of millions of people throughout the world today. Together, their use in Australia and overseas will deliver a brighter and cleaner future.
Coolibah Pty Ltd is an energy communications and issues management consultancy based in Sydney, Australia. It provides advisory services to government, industry associations, management consultancies and companies engaged in a wide range of energy activities and services.
Its principal is Keith Orchison, who has been involved in resources and energy industry policy issues management and communications for more than 36 years.
He has been a communicator in one way or another for 53 years, starting as a sports writer in South Africa in the 1950s.
During his time as a journalist he was editor of a large specialist magazine at 24, national news editor of a daily newspaper at 26 and editor of one of South Africa’s best-known current affairs magazines at 28.
In Australia in the 1970s he worked briefly for Rupert Murdoch before moving in to business communications and becoming PR head of Associated Pulp & Mills in 1974 and of La Trobe University in 1977.
In 1980 he was head-hunted to be chief executive of the upstream petroleum industry association, now the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA), a position he held until 1991. He holds APPEA’s gold medal for services to the petroleum industry.
In 1991 he was headhunted to be chief executive of the Electricity Supply Association of Australia, a post he held until retiring in 2003.
He served on CSIRO energy advisory committees for six years and chaired its Energy Technology sector advisory committee in 1999-2001. He was a member of the Australian Industry Greenhouse Network, an association of 14 energy, mining and manufacturing associations, for 10 years and was chairman of the AIGN in 2002.
From 2003 to 2007 he was a member of the Howard Government’s Critical Infrastructure Advisory Council and chaired its energy committee.
He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2004 for service to the petroleum and electricity industries through fostering co-operation between energy producers and government agencies and through the development the development of policies to benefit Australia in the long term.
Today, apart from consulting activities, he publishes the "This is Power" blog and the "Coolibah Commentary" on this website and he works with Quest Events to present (and co-chair) a series of popular "energy outlook" conferences. He is also a commentator for â€œGas Today magazine. Since 2007 he has been engaged in publishing yearbooks about electricity.
Energy Users' Association of AustraliaSupporting partnerEnergy Users' Association of Australia
Australia’s largest energy user advocacy organisation, the Energy Users’ Association of Australia is the peak national body representing major Australian electricity and gas users. The organisation plays a critical role in helping companies navigate uncertainty in energy markets, participate in driving changes in market rules and the way the network is managed, to ensure better outcomes and reduced costs for energy users.
EUAA members are part of a critical network of companies spanning food, transport, technology, energy, mining, real estate, provision of raw materials, entertainment and professional services that benefit the Australian community every day.
Through the organisation’s efforts, it has contributed to saving its members millions of dollars on their energy bills.