Question time: Renewable Energy

Question time: Renewable Energy

Both environmental and economic arguments make a case for renewable energy. But how is Australia placed to launch into that future? Our expert panellists take your questions on the decentralised electricity movement, support (or lack thereof) of our renewable energy sector, renewable energy initiatives overseas, and climate change – as both challenge and opportunity.

Hear an hour of questions served up to sustainability consultant Liam O'Keefe, ClimateWorks Australia executive director Anna Skarbek, environment and energy policy expert Matthew Warren and Australian Solar Council CEO John Grimes.

· See also: Good News and Bad: Australia’s Renewable Energy Future in Dailies

Question time

When you think ‘question time’, perhaps you picture rowdy politicians cussing each other out. But in our new series, we’re putting the dignity back into proceedings … along with a generous amount of time. It’s one full hour of pure Q&A between you, our audience, moderator Madeleine Morris, and a panel of experts in the evening’s chosen field of inquiry. Get informed about the key issues of our time, in the lead-up to the Victorian state election.

For Programme Three 2014, Question Time tackles three critical topics: renewable energy, jobs of the future, and the always-fraught issue of transport, now and into the future.

Hosted by Madeleine Morris.

Presented in partnership with Arts House.


Portrait of Anna Skarbek

Anna Skarbek

Anna Skarbek has been executive director of ClimateWorks Australia since its inception in 2009, leading the organisation’s work in analysing emissions reduction opportunities and partnering with business and government in unblocking barriers to their implementation.

Portrait of John Grimes

John Grimes

John Grimes is the chief executive of the Australian Solar Council and the Energy Storage Council; both are not-for-profit organisations.

In his role as CEO of the Australian Solar Council, he has grown the profile and influence of the organisation as it has become the national voice of solar. The Energy Storage Council provides an independent forum for the energy storage industry, by networking and information sharing in this growing industry.

Portrait of Liam O'Keefe

Liam O'Keefe

Liam O'Keefe has worked in sustainability as a consultant, educator, business owner, researcher and project manager. His company Creative Environment Enterprises developed two of Australia’s largest solar-powered systems (the Germinate Project with RMIT University and the SunFlower with Southern Cross University) and has worked with iconic venues and festivals including the Corner Hotel, Big Day Out, Meredith/Golden Plains, Myer Music Bowl, Laneway Festival, Reading (UK) & the RACV Energy Breakthrough.

Portrait of Madeleine Morris

Madeleine Morris

Madeleine Morris is a Melbourne-based reporter for ABC television’s 7.30. She was formerly a presenter for the BBC in London and reported from dozens of countries before returning to her native Australia. She is the author of Guilt-Free Bottle-Feeding: Why Your Formula-Fed Baby Can Grow Up To Be Happy, Healthy and Smart, published by Finch. 

Portrait of Matthew Warren

Matthew Warren

Matthew Warren joined esaa in January 2012, having spent 15 years working as an environment and energy policy specialist. An economist by training, his objective at esaa is to ensure that esaa’s research and advocacy assists the downstream electricity and gas sector to continue to provide a safe, reliable and affordable energy supply for Australia.

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