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About Boardroom Energy

Boardroom Energy was established in 2021 as an information and advisory service for Australian businesses to work with them to help navigate changing energy markets. Climate change is shifting commercial strategy, driving technologies and wrecking governments. Policy is increasingly populist. Uncertainty endures despite decades of debate and deliberation. The process of transformation remains uncertain, political and polarised. A wonder and a car crash, all rolled into one.

Businesses can no longer ignore energy as a transformational risk. Who do they buy it from, how do they contract it or do they try to supply their own energy? Ever run a power station before? What are the future risks to prices, reputation and supply?  

There are huge changes to global energy supply going on, and they will have far reaching consequences, shifting industrial production, demand and investment in a new industrial revolution. The consequences of these changes include but extend far beyond contracting renewable generation, gas or other supply. Australian business have already experienced a decade of accelerating change driven by national renewables targets and the impact of new and different electricity generation on top of a conventional 20th century electricity system. But wait. There’s more.

 

Australia is a poster child, the “accidental experiment” in the integration of renewable generation at scale in an isolated electricity system. It has posed technical, regulatory and commercial challenges that were not considered when legislators embarked on this journey. But so far, the lights have stayed on.

So here we are.  The absence of a national climate and energy policy has resulted in uncertainty for investors, political interference and anxiety over reliability. Without clear direction or co-ordination, the debate over energy policy has become more strategic and more complex. 

Businesses are now exploring how to reduce their exposure to rising costs, exploit falling cost of renewable generation and enhance their reputations. The scale and nature of many of these risks remains opaque. The range of issues and technical complexity pushes this discussion beyond the capacity of conventional media reporting.

And that’s where Boardroom Energy steps in. Our job is to help you get your head round the nuances of the energy transformation. Not just the unicorns version. The exciting and sometimes uncomfortable risks that lie ahead. Our job is to help you identify and manage current and future risks and identify opportunities. Join us, and we will explore this remarkable transformation together.

People

Matthew Warren

Matthew Warren has spent the past 25 years working inside Australia’s energy and environmental policy debates. He has worked for renewables, coal and everything in between. Matthew has been Chief Executive of the Australian Energy Council, Energy Supply Association of Australia and the Clean Energy Council. He is author of the Walkley nominated book Blackout – How is Australia running out of energy? He was also the environment writer for The Australian and has worked for the New South Wales Minerals Council. A professional journalist and economist, he is a regular contributor on energy policy and climate change for the Australian Financial Review.

Kieran Donoghue

Kieran has over a decade’s experience of energy policy in the UK and Australia. He has worked as a regulator, an industry advocate and most recently as an independent consultant. His consultancy, Newgrange Consulting, has provided advice to retail and network businesses, government agencies and industry associations in Australia and New Zealand.