Australian Institute o f Energy

Leadership in Energy

Sydney - What changes are needed to make the Finkel plan work?

Venue: Clifford Chance, Level 16, 1 O'Connell Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

Date: Mon 16 Oct 2017 @Registrations from 5:30pm for 6.00pm start, finish by 8.00pm

Evening Presentation - Monday 16 October 2017

 “What changes are needed to make the Finkel plan work?” 

The Australian East Coast electricity industry has not been in such a perilous state since about 1975 when rolling blackouts in NSW caused major industry disruption. Recent blackouts in South Australia, the closure of the Hazelwood and other power stations, the continuation of the Portland Aluminium Smelter by government subsidy and soaring wholesale electricity prices are indications of the seriousness of the problems we face. 

The government’s answer has been the Finkel review and the response from all sides of the political spectrum has been one of support for either 49 or 50 of the 50 recommendations from the review.  But will it all work and deliver a secure reliable electricity supply for Australia?  Are the recommendations of the Finkel review sufficient to correct the problems of the current National Electricity Market or will they merely oversee a continuation of the current business model with no substantive change? 

Hear from our expert speaker, Robert Barr, about this critically important challenge.  

Dr Barr commenced his career in the electricity supply industry in 1973 as a cadet engineer with Prospect Electricity. He was appointed as a professional engineer with Prospect Electricity in 1976 and gained experience in electricity distribution including load forecasting and system planning. Dr Barr joined Illawarra Electricity as System Control Engineer in 1982 and was later appointed Area Manager Nowra with overall responsibility for electricity supply to 28,000 customers in the Nowra/Shoalhaven area of NSW. Dr Barr has managed and worked for his company "Electric Power Consulting Pty Ltd" since 1990 and has dealt with a wide range of power quality and general electricity industry problems.

Dr Barr was recognised by the Electrical College of Engineers Australia as the 2012 Professional Electrical Engineer of the Year and was announced as being appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen's Birthday 2013 Honours List for significant service to engineering, particularly electrical energy supply and distribution.

Dr Barr provided his considered professional input to the Finkel review. 


Time:      Networking and registration from 5:30pm for 6:00pm start.  Finish by 8:00pm

Venue:   Clifford Chance, Sydney - Level 16, 1 O'Connell Street, NSW 2000

Cost:      Non-members $50; Members free; Full time students free

RSVP:     Register by Wednesday 11 October 2017. Register early as places are limited.


Event kindly sponsored by:    


"A recognised presence in the energy and resources field, the team has a solid track record"

Chambers and Partners 2017: Energy & Natural Resources: Australia


For registration questions please contact AIE Secretariat,  t: 1800 629 945

For technical enquiries please contact Denis Cooke, Vice-chair Sydney Branch, t: 0411 030 936

For program related enquiries please contact Denis Cooke, Vice Chair AIE Sydney Branch m: 0411 030 936


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