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2nd Annual Australian Renewable Energy Zones Conference

Delivering renewable energy opportunities, innovation, investment, infrastructure and jobs to regional Australia

17-18 May 2022 | Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney

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Informa Australia is delighted to announce the 2nd annual Australian Renewable Energy Zones Conference, which will be held on the 17-18 May 2022 at the Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney.

The renewable energy industry is moving forward at a rapid pace providing opportunities for companies and communities. This event is perfectly timed to bring key stakeholders together to discuss the latest developments and initiatives in the recently announced Renewable Energy Zones (REZ).

In order to ensure reliable and affordable energy supply for energy consumers, State Governments are planning to invest in the creation of a growing number of REZ to help unlock a significant pipeline of large-scale renewable energy and storage projects while supporting private sector investment in regional Australia. Renewable energy investment will help replace ageing coal-fired power stations, transforming the region and bringing investment into the local community.

By coordinating development in a strategic way, renewable energy zones also help us get the land use planning right, and renewable built in places that work for the community, developers, and cost efficiency.

Join us to explore Australia’s REZ opportunities and developments.

Our key topics Include:

  • The need for REZ and potential impact and opportunity for regional Australia
  • The role REZ can play in regional area’s clean recovery from COVID-19
  • A look at state & local initiatives, policy and future plans for new zones
  • Development & investment opportunities and considerations
  • Transmission – Overcoming the barriers to achieve success….there’s no one size fits all approach
  • Stimulating regional investment, job growth, innovative infrastructure and creating thriving communities
  • Community engagement and social license
  • Stakeholder representation and strategies to ensure local content and jobs for the regions we operate in
  • The role of transparency, collaboration, alliances and clear communication to achieve success
  • Case Studies – Updates from renewable developers on their operational assets and proposed projects
  • Technology outlook


Hon Matthew Kean MP

NSW Treasurer, and Minister for Energy and Environment

Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio MP

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Minister for Solar Homes, Victorian Government

The Hon Guy Barnett MP

Minister for Energy and Renewables, Government of Tasmania

Benn Barr

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC)

Alistair Parker

Interim CEO, VicGrid

Mike Young

Executive Director - Planning and Communities, Energy Corporation of NSW (EnergyCo)

David Wright

Director, Department of Energy and Public Works (Queensland)

Rachele Williams

General Manager, Project Delivery, Australian Renewable Energy Agency

Maheshini (Mesh) Weerackoon

Senior Connections Manager, Lumea

Bobby Vidakovic

Director - Clean Futures Team, Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC)

Amy Kean

Director, Stride Renewables

Simon Corbell

CEO & Chairperson, Clean Energy Investor Group

Sally Torgoman

Partner, KPMG Australia

Killian Wentrup

Head of Solar Development, UPC\AC Renewables Australia

David Beavers

Market Development Manager - Development and Future Networks, AusNet Services

Nigel Buchanan

Head of Infrastructure and Energy Services, Lumea

Belinda Fan

Country Manager, X-ELIO

Raewyn Moss

GM External Affairs, Transpower NZ Ltd

Emma Fishburn

Managing Director, FTI Consulting

Vincent Dwyer

Principal, Energy Estate

Andrew Bray

National Director, RE-Alliance

Dr Vicky Au

Engagement & Strategy Lead, Hydrogen Industry Mission, CSIRO

Mark Coughlin

Founder, Coughlin Advisory

Alistair Craib

Executive Director, ICA Partners

Laura Walsh

Network Planning and Engineering Lead, AusNet Services

Ben Bolot

Executive General Manager, ATCO

Will Rayward-Smith

Partner, Deloitte Financial Advisory

Stephen Panizza

Head of Renewable Energy, Federation Asset Management

Jess Hunt

Advisor, Energy Security Board

Andrew Richards

CEO, Energy Users Association of Australia

Helen Gough

Director, Energy Storage & Innovation, Lumea

Tim MacTaggart

Chief Deployment Officer, Redflow

John Cole

Chief Executive, Edify

Alan Rai

Director, Energy Advisory, Baringa Partners LLP

Ben Kefford

Manager | Energy & Utilities, KPMG Australia

Nick Savage

Director of Policy - Environment, NSW Farmers Association

Benjamin White

Executive Manager of Stakeholder Relations, Land & Environment, Marinus Link



Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities


There are many opportunities for networking, making this not just a conference… but an all-encompassing industry “experience”.

Event sponsorship or exhibiting will allow your organisation to:

  • Build relationships with potential and existing clients
  • Generate leads from a high-level, targeted audience
  • Close sales in a more personal manner than via phone
  • Demonstrate your product in person
  • Network with the industry
  • Build brand awareness

To see what is on offer please contact:

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
T: +61 (0)2 9080 4334


Our Commitment to Sustainability

In Australia, we are committed to running our events in an environmentally and socially responsible way. Across Informa Connect we are focusing on the short and long-term sustainability impacts we have on customers and colleagues alongside the communities we work in.

We recognise that it’s not just about the way we produce our events and products but recognising that we have a role to play in providing a space to work in partnership together with our markets to inspire the sustainable development of the industries we serve.

To read more on our latest sustainability reports and Faster Forward initiatives – click here.

when & where

17 - 18 May 2022

Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney
27 O’Connell St,
Sydney NSW 2000


Bookings can be made directly with hotel reservations department quoting ‘Event Delegate Rate’ and discount code ‘EVEN10’ via email: or Tel 02 8214 0000.

Alternatively, enter EVEN10 into Promotional code under ‘more search options’ when checking for rates and availability on the hotel website.

Please follow the link the venue booking link for bookings : click here.

NOTE: we suggest using Google Chrome as web browser for this link. If you require assistance, please contact the venue direct on 02 8214 0000.

Book accommodation with HotelMaps
To access the best available rate, book here.


Still have a question?

General Information & Registration
Customer Service
+61 2 9080 4307

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities
Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
+61 2 9080 4334

Speaking Enquiries
Alexandra Bennet
Conference Manager
+61 2 9080 4315

Marketing & Media Enquiries
Libbie Sinclair
Marketing Manager

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