Nominations for the 2016 Clean Energy Council (CEC) Awards are now open, along with registrations for the two-day Australian Clean Energy Summit (ACES), which will take place in Sydney at the end of July.

CEC Chief Executive Kane Thornton said the annual industry awards honoured leaders in the field for their work in both innovation and community engagement – and a new category has been introduced in 2016.

“This year we are introducing the Outstanding Contribution to Industry Award, to recognise those who have helped the clean energy industry to rise to new heights over a sustained period. This new award is in addition to the existing Community Engagement and Innovation Award categories,” Mr Thornton said.

“Last year the awards recognised Windlab for its community engagement approach at the Coonooer Bridge Wind Farm, which allowed the community around the wind farm to have a sense of collective ownership. And Carnegie Wave Energy took out the Innovation Award for installing the only grid-connected wave project in the world at Garden Island in Western Australia.

“I look forward to showcasing some of the best in the business at the Australian Clean Energy Summit Gala Dinner on 27 July.”

Mr Thornton said delegates could now register for ACES, which will bring together industry leaders, policymakers, financiers, service providers and business leaders.

“This will be a busy year as the industry begins in earnest to deliver the Renewable Energy Target, which will create tens of billions of dollars’ worth of investment and tens of thousands of jobs.

“The Australian Clean Energy Summit will feature insights on the latest policy developments, project innovations, technical streams for industry professionals and much more. Plenty of networking opportunities will enable those attending to make valuable new business connections.”

ACES will take place 27-28 July at the Hilton Sydney. Delegates can register here.

Nominations for the CEC Awards are open until 31 May in the following categories:

  • Innovation
  • community engagement
  • outstanding contribution to industry


More information can be found here.