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In this, the last episode for the year, the team have a fascinating wide-ranging discussion on the multiple issues for Australian businesses to switch to renewable energy sources.

James tells the team of the rapid transition by several large Australian mines to renewable energy, and the team consider if the same is possible for smaller business operations. Paul discusses the business issues of commercial reality and costs vs the demands and expectations of the changing supply chain. He addresses the volatility of diesel fuel costs compared to locally-produced renewables.

Tennant delves into the multiple issues of system-wide power sources vs microgrid power supply.
The conversation then ranges across power storage, variable demand of electricity loads by business, and the cost and feasibility of hydrogen transport amongst other issues. And what it means to us as business people.

The team discuss hydrogen as a domestic source and as a potential export product, the current state of the ‘nuclear energy’ debate, and the issues around Carbon Capture, Storage and Utilisation.

Paul proposes Carbon Utilisation be discussed more and reminds us that ‘energy efficiency’ is an important first step to decarbonisation for many small businesses.



James Scotland

After a long career in multiple aspects of supply chain management, corporate training and business advisory, James brings a business improvement mindset to his role as General Manager of Minerals, Energy & Supply Chain Resilience for Ai Group.

A skilled communicator and analyst, James has been involved with Oil & Gas, the mining industry and supply chain across the board for over 25 years.

    Tennant Reed

    Tennant is Principal National Adviser – Public Policy at Ai Group. He has worked heavily on climate and energy issues, advising Ai Group’s Leaders’ Group on Energy and Climate Policy and developing reports on natural gas supply, energy prices and energy efficiency. Previously he was an adviser in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, working on fiscal policy, stimulus and infrastructure.

    Paul Hodgson

    Paul is Director of Business Development at eleXsys Energy Pty Ltd, an award-winning Australian technology company. eleXsys® is an advanced power electronics device integrating a suite of artificial intelligence applications enabling next-generation two-way smart grids.

    He was previously East Coast General Manager at NERA, Australia's industry growth centre for the energy resources sector, where he led the development of the national network of regional hydrogen technology clusters.