The Democratisation of Energy - The Consumer

DATE: Thursday, 24 May 2018

TIME: 5:45pm registrations for 6:30pm start

WHERE: Realm of Possibilities - 3A Glasshouse Rd, Collingwood, VIC, 3066

COST: $35 for Women in Energy members, $45 for non-members


In just a few short years, Australia’s energy system has shifted from moving power largely one-way – from coal plant to premise – to a country with the highest penetration of rooftop solar anywhere in the world. Demand patterns are changing. Digitisation has a massive potential for us all to better understand, and participate actively in, our energy system – responding as we like to climate and cost. No longer is energy something done to us, consumed passively. But does this mean more power for the people?

This event Democratisation of Energy: The Consumer examines the forces at play, transforming the energy sector today, and what it means for the people it serves.

We explore what customer centricity in energy actually means. What are the unmet needs – socially and environmentally – that our sector is best placed to solve, and how can this become part of its profit strategy for a future of cleaner, better, more affordable power? How we can give power to people in ways that creates new value?

It’s the first session in our Democratisation of Energy event series, examining what digitisation, decarbonisation, and decentralisation means: for consumers; for systems and technology; for markets and regulators.


Kim Clarke – Chief Customer Officer, Energy Australia: Confirmed

Bio to come

Melissa O’Neill – General Manager Corporate Affairs, CitiPower, Powercor and United Energy: Confirmed

As the General Manager Corporate Affairs for CitiPower, Powercor and United Energy, Melissa is responsible for setting the business’ stakeholder engagement strategy, as well as media and public affairs, marketing and customer communications, digital communications, partnerships and sponsorships, and employee communications. Before joining CitiPower and Powercor in 2014, she spent six years at ANZ where she held several senior roles in the Asia Pacific, Corporate and Shared Services divisions of the Bank. She has a proven track record in public affairs, corporate marketing, change and internal communications as well as strategy development and transformation management in the government and corporate sectors both in Australia and overseas.

Third panelist TBC

Melinda Scaringi – Director, Ellis Jones: Confirmed

Melinda supports organisations to achieve a positive social impact through research, strategy and communications. She has extensive sector experience within energy, sustainability, as well as within the public service. To provoke people to think and act differently, she puts humanism and imagination at the centre of her work.

Rhod Ellis Jones – Principal, Ellis Jones: Confirmed

Rhod is a business and communications strategist with diverse experience advising major public and private companies, governments and not-for-profit organisations. Rhod’s work has influenced leading corporations in the area of business-led social impact and shared value, including AIA Australia, IAG, PwC, Suncorp and Bupa; and includes co-designing a national approach to cross-sector environmental partnerships with the federal Department of the Environment and Energy. A pioneer of shared value as a strategy and practice model, Rhod founded the Shared Value Project in 2011; it is now the Australian peak practice organisation.