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First Fuel

By Energy Efficiency Council
Hosted by Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel, First Fuel brings you the latest perspectives on energy efficiency, energy management and demand response from Australia and around the world.
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32: Setting goals with Zali Steggall
In Episode 32 of First Fuel, we bring you a special ‘Sundowner session’ direct from last week’s National Energy Efficiency Conference. Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel and Independent MP for Warringah, Zali Steggall OAM, catch up for a beer to discuss her effort to help Australia turn the page on a decade of dysfunctional climate politics. Mentioned in this episode: Wild Australia: After the fires (ABC iView) https://iview.abc.net.au/show/wild-australia-after-the-fires Zali’s Climate Change Bill https://www.zalisteggall.com.au/questions_and_answers_on_our_climate_change_bill Connect with our guests: Find Zali at https://twitter.com/zalisteggall Connect with us: Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts
28:41
December 3, 2020
31: ‘Coopers is old school’ with Mark Butler
In Episode 31 of First Fuel, we bring you a special ‘Sundowner session’ direct from this week’s National Energy Efficiency Conference. Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel and Labor Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy Mark Butler catch up for a beer and discuss, well, 2020. Mentioned in this episode: Get a pass and catch up with ALL the great sessions at the National Energy Efficiency Conference 2020 eec.org.au/conference Connect with our guests: Find Mark at https://twitter.com/Mark_Butler_MP Connect with us: Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts
30:05
November 26, 2020
30: Hard working stimulus with Kellie Caught and Nick Aberle
In Episode 30 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel is joined by Kellie Caught, Senior Adviser, Climate & Energy at the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and Nick Aberle, Campaigns Manager at Environment Victoria. Luke, Kellie, and Nick discuss the landmark $797 million dollar energy efficiency package announced by the Victorian Government earlier this week. Mentioned in this episode: Victoria's $797 million energy efficiency stimulus package https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/helping-victorians-pay-their-power-bills One Million Homes Alliance https://environmentvictoria.org.au/campaign/one-million-homes/ Joint statement for healthy, affordable homes https://www.acoss.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Joint-statement-for-Healthy-Affordable-Homes.pdf National Energy Efficiency Conference 2020 www.eec.org.au/conference Connect with our guests: Find Kellie at https://twitter.com/Kelliecaught Find Nick at https://twitter.com/NickAberle Connect with us: Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts
47:43
November 20, 2020
29: Biden and climate with Frankie Muskovic and Tennant Reed
In Episode 29 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel is joined by two guests: Francesca Muskovic, National Policy Manager for Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs at the Property Council of Australia, and Tennant Reed, Head of Climate, Energy and Environment Policy at Australian Industry Group. Luke, Frankie and Tennant unpack Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 United States Presidential election and what it means for American climate policy. They also reflect on the likely flow on effects for global climate talks, and how renewed US interest in climate action may influence the political debate here in Australia. Mentioned in this episode: Interview with former Australian Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull (Insiders, Australian Broadcasting Corporation) https://iview.abc.net.au/show/insiders-the-interviews/series/0/video/NN2015H047S00 Connect with our guests: Find Frankie at https://twitter.com/FrankieMuskovic Find Tennant at https://twitter.com/TennantReed Connect with us: Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts
53:58
November 9, 2020
28: Data and discovery with Carlos Flores and Esther Bailey
In Episode 28 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel is joined two members of the team at the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS), Director Carlos Flores and Head of Market Development, Esther Bailey. Luke, Carlos and Esther discuss some of the key themes from the NABERS Annual Report 2019/20: the future of NABERS, sector expansion, the second year of the Sustainable Portfolios Index, and NABERS’ rapid response to the global pandemic. Mentioned in this episode: NABERS Annual Report 2019/20 https://nabers.info/annual-report/2019-2020/ NABERS Sustainable Portfolios Index 2020 https://www.nabers.gov.au/portfolio Connect with our guests: Find Carlos at https://twitter.com/CarlosFloresLen Find Esther at https://twitter.com/estherbailey Connect with us: Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts
1:03:28
November 5, 2020
27: Government leadership with Annie Shepperd
In Episode 27 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel is joined by two guests: Annie Shepperd, CEO of Salix Finance, an organisation wholly owned by the UK Government which provides interest-free capital to public sector bodies for energy efficiency upgrades, and the Energy Efficiency Council’s own Holly Taylor, Senior Manager for Projects and Partnerships. Luke, Annie and Holly discuss the role Salix Finance has played in financing local government energy efficiency improvements in the UK, and the £1 billion of stimulus funding recently allocated to Salix by the Johnson Government to drive the next wave public sector energy efficiency upgrades. Mentioned in this episode: Salix Finance https://www.salixfinance.co.uk Salix Finance to deliver BEIS £1 billion Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme to tackle carbon emissions https://www.salixfinance.co.uk/£1bn_Announcement Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme  https://www.salixfinance.co.uk/PSDS Public Sector Low Carbon Skills Fund https://www.salixfinance.co.uk/public_sector_low_carbon_skills_fund Connect with our guests: Find Salix Finance at https://twitter.com/SalixFinance Find Holly Taylor at https://twitter.com/hollymtaylor_ Connect with us: Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts
58:57
October 29, 2020
26: Business panel – Navigating a dynamic energy landscape
In Episode 26 of First Fuel, we bring you a panel discussion from the launch of the third edition of the Energy Efficiency Council’s annual energy briefing for Australian businesses, Navigating a dynamic energy landscape. Luke is joined by Bridgette Carter, Manager of Energy Sourcing & Utilisation at BlueScope Steel, Justin Merrell, Group Environment Director at Lion, Christina Tonkin, Managing Director of Corporate Finance for Institutional Banking at ANZ and Tony Wood, Energy Program Director at the Grattan Institute to discuss how businesses can manage risks and capture opportunities around energy and carbon in the midst of COVID-19. Mentioned in this episode: Navigating a dynamic energy landscape: A briefing for Australian businesses (Energy Efficiency Council) www.energybriefing.org.au Navigating a dynamic energy landscape: A briefing for Australian manufacturers (Energy Efficiency Council) https://www.energybriefing.org.au/sector-spotlights Lion becomes Australia’s first large-scale carbon neutral brewer https://www.lionco.com/media-centre/lion-is-first-carbon-neutral-brewer Australian Industry Energy Transitions Initiative (Climateworks Australia & Climate-KIC) https://energytransitionsinitiative.org Start with steel: A practical plan to support carbon workers and cut emissions (Grattan Institute) https://grattan.edu.au/report/start-with-steel/ Connect with our guests: Find Christina at https://twitter.com/tonkinchristina Find Tony at https://twitter.com/tony_r_wood Connect with us: Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts
1:17:18
October 21, 2020
25: Building coalitions with Frankie Muskovic
In Episode 25 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel is joined by Francesca Muskovic, National Policy Manager for Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs at the Property Council of Australia and Stakeholder Chair of the Steering Committee for the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS). Luke and Frankie discuss her early aspirations to get into Formula 1, the energy efficiency announcements in last week’s Federal budget, and the role of gas in the property sector’s transition to net zero. Mentioned in this episode: NABERS Annual Report 2019/20 https://nabers.info/annual-report/2019-2020/major-achievements/ Low Carbon, High Performance (Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council) https://www.asbec.asn.au/research-items/low-carbon-high-performance-report/ Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings (Australian Government) https://www.energy.gov.au/government-priorities/energy-productivity-and-energy-efficiency/trajectory-low-energy-buildings Energy efficiency announcements in Federal budget (Energy Efficiency Council) https://energyefficiencycouncil.cmail20.com/t/ViewEmail/i/E1240017511676C02540EF23F30FEDED/073AF3405309D5198BD4C707EBCCB890 GPT fast tracks net zero target by six years https://www.thefifthestate.com.au/innovation/commercial/gpt-fast-tracks-net-zero-target-by-six-years/ Connect with our guests: Find Frankie at https://twitter.com/FrankieMuskovic Connect with us: Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts
52:23
October 15, 2020
24: Energy panel – Accelerating a green recovery
In Episode 24 of First Fuel, we bring you a panel discussion from the joint opening plenary of All-Energy Australia and Energy Efficiency Expo hosted by Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel on the eve of the 2020 Federal Budget. Luke is joined by Anna Skarbek from ClimateWorks Australia, Amanda McKenzie from the Climate Council, Eytan Lenko from Beyond Zero Emissions, Ian Learmonth from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Kane Thornton from the Clean Energy Council to discuss how we can accelerate a clean economic recovery in Australia. Mentioned in this episode: Special Report on Sustainable Recovery (IEA and IMF) https://www.iea.org/reports/sustainable-recovery Stimulus spending by nation (Carbon brief) https://www.carbonbrief.org/coronavirus-tracking-how-the-worlds-green-recovery-plans-aim-to-cut-emissions Decarbonisation Futures (ClimateWorks Australia) https://www.climateworksaustralia.org/resource/decarbonisation-futures-solutions-actions-and-benchmarks-for-a-net-zero-emissions-australia/ Clean Jobs Plan (Climate Council) https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/resources/clean-jobs-plan/ Million Jobs Plan (Beyond Zero Emissions) https://millionjobs.org.au A Clean Recovery (Clean Energy Council) https://www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au/advocacy-initiatives/a-clean-recovery To register for upcoming virtual sessions as part of All-Energy Australia and Energy Efficiency Expo visit: All-Energy Australia all-energy.com.au Energy Efficiency Expo energyefficiencyexpo.com.au Connect with our guests: Find Amanda McKenzie at https://twitter.com/@McKenzieAmanda Find Anna Skarbek at https://twitter.com/Anna_Skarbek Find Eytan Lenko at https://twitter.com/eytanlenko Find Ian Learmonth at https://twitter.com/ilearmonth Fina Kane Thornton at https://twitter.com/kanethornton Connect with us: Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts
1:01:13
October 6, 2020
23: Energy, emissions and economic recovery with Tony Wood
In Episode 23 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel is joined by Tony Wood, one of Australia’s leading energy commentators and Director of the Grattan Institute’s Energy Program.  Luke and Tony discuss the Australian Government’s First Low Emissions Technology Statement, ARENA's expanded remit and the $1.6 billion of funding that has been allocated to deliver it, and the prospects for a 'gas-led' economic recovery. Mentioned in this episode: War-weary of energy warriors should find good in Fed Govt proposals (Tony Wood op-ed) https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2020/09/23/renewable-energy-australia/ Technology Investment Roadmap: First Low Emissions Technology Statement 2020 (Australian Government) https://www.industry.gov.au/data-and-publications/technology-investment-roadmap-first-low-emissions-technology-statement-2020 Start with steel: A practical plan to support carbon workers and cut emissions (Grattan Institute) https://grattan.edu.au/report/start-with-steel/ Media release: Investment in new energy technologies (Prime Minister of Australia) https://www.pm.gov.au/media/investment-new-energy-technologies Media release: Ensuring affordable, reliable and secure energy supply (Prime Minister of Australia) https://www.pm.gov.au/media/ensuring-affordable-reliable-and-secure-electricity-supply Media release: Gas-fired recovery (Prime Minister of Australia) https://www.pm.gov.au/media/gas-fired-recovery Post pandemic policy: Climate and energy (Ai Group) https://www.aigroup.com.au/policy-and-research/policy-papers/climate-energy/ Connect with our guests: Find Tony at https://twitter.com/tony_r_wood Connect with us: Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts
51:21
September 30, 2020
22: Presidents and policies with Steve Nadel
In Episode 22 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel is joined by Steven Nadel, Executive Director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Luke and Steve discuss US Government’s approach to energy efficiency under different Presidents, action on energy efficiency at the state and federal level under President Trump, and the Biden campaign’s plan to put energy efficiency at the heart of a green recovery. Mentioned in this episode: The International Energy Efficiency Scorecard (ACEEE) https://www.aceee.org/portal/national-policy/international-scorecard 2019 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard (ACEEE) https://www.aceee.org/research-report/u1908 Growing a Greener Economy: Job and Climate Impacts from Energy Efficiency Investments (ACEEE) https://www.aceee.org/white-paper/2020/09/growing-greener-economy-job-and-climate-impacts-energy-efficiency-investments Halfway There: Energy Efficiency Can Cut Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Half by 2050 (ACEEE) https://www.aceee.org/fact-sheet/halfway-there National Energy Efficiency Conference 2020 (EEC) https://www.eec.org.au/neec20/program Connect with our guests: Find the ACEEE at https://twitter.com/ACEEEdc Connect with us: Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts
44:18
September 24, 2020
21: Dynamic systems with Edith Bayer
In Episode 21 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel is joined by Edith Bayer, an energy policy analyst specialising in energy efficiency at the International Energy Agency. Luke and Edith discuss her recent article on utility-funded energy efficiency programs,  their role in economic recovery post COVID-19, and how they are evolving to enable dynamic, 21st century electricity systems. Mentioned in this episode: Paving the way to recovery with utility-funded energy efficiency (International Energy Agency) https://www.iea.org/articles/paving-the-way-to-recovery-with-utility-funded-energy-efficiency Energy Technology Perspectives 2020 (International Energy Agency) https://www.iea.org/reports/energy-technology-perspectives-2020 Sustainable Recovery Report (International Energy Agency and International Monetary Fund) https://www.iea.org/reports/sustainable-recovery First Fuel live recording: The future of energy efficiency in the United Stated with Steve Nadel https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KedQxBsSRz-4PjkS_h9INA Connect with our guests: Find Edith at https://twitter.com/edithmbayer Connect with us: Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts
1:03:23
September 17, 2020
20: Transforming markets with Meg McDonald
In Episode 20 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel is joined by Meg McDonald, who’s been local and global leader on the response to climate change and the energy transition for over two decades. Luke and Meg discuss her background working on climate issues overseas, the climate and energy institutions she has helped establish in Australia over the last decade, and her role on the Expert Panel of the Decarbonisation Innovation Study released by NSW’s Chief Scientist this week. Mentioned in this episode: Post-2025 electricity market consultation (Energy Security Board) https://esb-post2025-market-design.aemc.gov.au Decarbonisation Innovation Study (NSW Chief Scientist) https://www.chiefscientist.nsw.gov.au/independent-reports/decarbonisation Decarbonisation Futures report (ClimateWorks Australia) https://www.climateworksaustralia.org/resource/decarbonisation-futures-solutions-actions-and-benchmarks-for-a-net-zero-emissions-australia/ Connect with our guests: Find Meg at https://twitter.com/McDonaldMeg Connect with us: Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts
58:10
September 10, 2020
19: Post pandemic pathways with Tennant Reed
In Episode 19 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel is joined by Tennant Reed, Head of Climate, Energy and Environment Policy at Australian Industry Group, to discuss their recent paper on post pandemic energy and climate policy. Luke and Tennant discuss the impact of COVID-19 on gas prices, electricity prices and emissions, the reasons these changes are unlikely to endure, and why a vision for net zero – and policy action to back it up – is more crucial than ever. Mentioned in this episode: Ring Fit Adventure for Nintendo Switch (video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gO6fw0GU-fE Post Pandemic Policy: Climate and Energy (Ai Group) https://www.aigroup.com.au/policy-and-research/policy-papers/climate-energy/ Statement on managing climate risk (Australian Climate Roundtable) https://www.australianclimateroundtable.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/ACR_statement_on_climate_impacts-August_2020.pdf Building a stronger and cleaner post-pandemic Australia (joint statement on energy efficiency stimulus) https://www.eec.org.au/news/eec-news/article/building-a-stronger-and-cleaner-post-pandemic-australia Connect with our guests: Find Tennant at https://twitter.com/TennantReed Connect with us: Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts
1:02:30
September 3, 2020
18: Getting further faster with Paul Ruyssevelt and Carlos Flores
In Episode 18 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel is joined by two guests: Paul Ruyssevelt, Professor of Energy and Building Performance at University College London’s Energy Institute, and Carlos Flores, Director of the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS). Luke, Paul and Carlos chat about the role of the International Energy Agency’s Energy in Buildings and Communities Programme in driving global collaboration on high performance buildings. Along the way they cover the new field of building energy epidemiology, the prospects for demand response in commercial buildings, and whether electricity or hydrogen will win the race to decarbonise the built environment. Mentioned in this episode: UCL Energy Institute https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/energy/ National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) https://www.nabers.gov.au International Energy Agency’s Energy in Buildings and Communities Programme https://www.iea-ebc.org The Energy Efficiency Council’s page profiling key IEA EBC activities https://www.eec.org.au/policy-advocacy/partnerships/IEA-EBC-in-Australia Annex 70 – Building Energy Epidemiology: Analysis of Real Building Energy Use at Scale https://www.eec.org.au/policy-advocacy/partnerships/IEA-EBC-in-Australia/IEA-EBC-Annexes/#Annex70 Annex 81 – Data-driven Smart Buildings; https://www.eec.org.au/policy-advocacy/partnerships/IEA-EBC-in-Australia/IEA-EBC-Annexes/#Annex81 Annex 82 – Energy Flexible Buildings Towards Resilient Low Carbon Energy Systems https://www.eec.org.au/policy-advocacy/partnerships/IEA-EBC-in-Australia/IEA-EBC-Annexes/#EBC-Annex-82 Connect with our guests: Find Paul at https://twitter.com/PaulRuyssevelt Find Carlos at https://twitter.com/CarlosFloresLen Connect with us: Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts
48:40
August 27, 2020
17: Healthy homes with Donna Luckman
In Episode 17 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel is joined by Donna Luckman to chat about her current role at the Coalition for Community Energy, her time leading the sustainable housing advocacy organisation Renew, and the crucial regulatory reforms that are needed to ensure all Australians live in healthy, comfortable and affordable homes. Mentioned in this episode: Coalition for Community Energy https://c4ce.net.au Renew https://renew.org.au The Pears Report: Reflections on two decades of energy and climate policy https://shop.ata.org.au/shop/pearscollection Community Coalition for Healthy Affordable Homes https://renew.org.au/advocacy/we-need-healthy-homes/ ASBEC built to perform https://www.asbec.asn.au/research-items/built-perform/ Connect with us: Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts
48:16
August 20, 2020
16: Investing for impact with Ian Learmonth
In Episode 16 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel is joined by Ian Learmonth, CEO of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC). They discuss Australia's changing energy mix and the implications for energy management, the CEFC’s recently released Investment Update, and how Ian expects the CEFC’s role to evolve in the midst of COVID-19. Mentioned in this episode: CEFC 2019-20 Investment Update https://www.cefc.com.au/media/media-release/cefc-2019-20-investment-update/ CEFC asset finance https://www.cefc.com.au/where-we-invest/sustainable-economy/asset-finance/ The CEFC is working with customer-owned lender Bank Australia https://www.cefc.com.au/media/in-the-news/the-cefc-is-working-with-customer-owned-lender-bank-australia/ Germany’s KfW Bank and its energy efficiency programs https://www.kfw.de/KfW-Group/Newsroom/Latest-News/Pressemitteilungen-Details_403200.html JET Charge and CEFC pave the way to cheaper charging for electric vehicles https://www.cefc.com.au/media/media-release/jet-charge-and-cefc-pave-the-way-to-cheaper-charging-for-electric-vehicles/ Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy https://www.industry.gov.au/sites/default/files/2019-11/australias-national-hydrogen-strategy.pdf Technology Investment Roadmap Discussion Paper https://consult.industry.gov.au/climate-change/technology-investment-roadmap/ Connect with our guests: Find Ian at https://twitter.com/ilearmonth Connect with us: Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts
51:52
August 13, 2020
15: Scaling success with Satish Kumar
In Episode 15 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel is joined by Satish Kumar, President and Executive Director of the Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE), one of India’s leading energy policy think tanks. Luke and Satish discuss India’s energy efficiency policy architecture, its success in the rollout of LEDs, its challenges on space cooling, and the importance of being unreasonable to drive change. Mentioned in this episode: Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy https://www.aeee.in 2018 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy) https://www.eec.org.au/news/eec-news/article/australia-ranks-worst-for-energy-efficiency-in-developed-world Bureau of Energy Efficiency https://beeindia.gov.in UJALA dashboard http://www.ujala.gov.in India Cooling Action Plan http://ozonecell.in/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/INDIA-COOLING-ACTION-PLAN-e-circulation-version080319.pdf Regulation Impact Statement: 'Smart' Demand Response Capabilities for Selected Appliances (Australia) https://www.energyrating.gov.au/document/regulation-impact-statement-decision-smart-demand-response-capabilities-selected-appliances Satish at the IEA’s 5th Global Conference on Energy Efficiency, 23rd June 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxrT7kwF8p0 Connect with our guests: Find Satish at https://twitter.com/SatishEE Connect with us: Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts
51:30
August 6, 2020
14: Thinking differently with Cheryl Desha
In Episode 14 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel is joined by Associate Professor Cheryl Desha, Director, Engagement (Industry) in the School of Engineering & Built Environment at Griffith University. Luke and Cheryl discuss some of her key contributions to the national and global conversation around energy efficiency, and the continuing effort to build energy management skills and capability across the economy. Mentioned in this episode: The Natural Edge Project (TNEP) legacy site https://research.qut.edu.au/tnep/ Factor Five (book) https://research.qut.edu.au/tnep/books/factor-five/ Apple's 2030 carbon-neutral pledge covers itself and suppliers https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-53485560 Energy Efficiency Education Resources for Engineering (EEERE) https://research.qut.edu.au/eeere/ RACE for 2030 Co-operative Research Centre https://www.racefor2030.net.au Connect with our guest: Find Cheryl at https://twitter.com/Cheryl_Desha More of Cheryl's work: https://experts.griffith.edu.au/7119-cheryl-desha Connect with us: Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts
58:08
July 30, 2020
13: Building back better with Davina Rooney
In Episode 13 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel talks to Davina Rooney, CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia, about maintaining a positive outlook in the midst of lockdown, the transition from the corporate world to the not-for-profit sector, and how we use this moment to build back better post COVID-19. Mentioned in this episode: 3 Idiots (film) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1187043/ Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council https://www.asbec.asn.au Building efficiency for jobs and growth (stimulus plan) https://new.gbca.org.au/news/gbca-media-releases/building-efficiency-jobs-and-growth/ Connect with our guest: Find Davina at https://twitter.com/rooney_davina Connect with us: Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil Follow us on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/1280092 Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts
51:06
July 23, 2020
12: Enabling ecosystems with Bradley Anderson and Tennant Reed
In Episode 12 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel is joined by Bradley Anderson from the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and Tennant Reed from Australian Industry Group. They discuss a new report from a group of independent experts focused on ways of rapidly transforming the energy management market that supports Australian industry. Apologies for the audio quality in this episode! We did our best in trying circumstances. Mentioned in this episode: Tennant’s sportsball analogy https://youtu.be/V40eP1xekgo?t=85 Pivot, Rebound, Transform: A practical plan for rapidly transforming the energy management market that supports Australian industry https://www.eec.org.au/news/eec-news/article/new-roadmap-supports-emissions-reduction-journey-for-aussie-industry Connect with our guests: Find Tennant at https://twitter.com/tennantreed Find Brad at https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradley-anderson-26614437/ Connect with us: Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil Follow us on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/1280092 Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au And to find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts
1:11:22
July 16, 2020
11: Renovating Europe with Adrian Joyce
In Episode 11 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel talks to Adrian Joyce, Secretary General of EuroACE and Campaign Director of Renovate Europe, about the growing momentum for making the so-called ‘renovation wave’ a central plank of Europe’s economic recovery post COVID-19. Mentioned in this episode: European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EuroACE) https://euroace.org Renovate Europe https://www.renovate-europe.eu Multiple benefits of investing in energy efficient renovation of buildings (Copenhagen Economics) https://www.copenhageneconomics.com/dyn/resources/Publication/publicationPDF/8/198/0/Multiple%20benefits%20of%20EE%20renovations%20in%20buildings%20-%20Full%20report%20and%20appendix.pdf Capturing the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency (International Energy Agency) https://www.iea.org/reports/multiple-benefits-of-energy-efficiency Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change https://www.amazon.com.au/Dont-Even-Think-About-Climate/dp/163286102X Building Renovation: a kick-starter for the EU economy (Buildings Performance Institute Europe) https://www.renovate-europe.eu/2020/06/10/building-renovation-a-kick-starter-for-the-eu-economy/ Making the Renovation Wave a Success https://www.renovate-europe.eu/about-the-campaign/preparing-the-renovation-wave/ Connect with our guests: Find Adrian at https://twitter.com/adrian_joyce Find Renovate Europe at https://twitter.com/renovateeurope Find EuroACE at https://twitter.com/_euroace Connect with us: Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil Follow us on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/1280092 Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts
59:13
July 9, 2020
10: Swiss army knife of stimulus with Michael Liebreich
In Episode 10 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel talks to Michael Liebreich, founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, about the crucial role of energy efficiency in the recovery post COVID-19. Recorded on 1 July 2020 as part of the National Summit: Energy Efficiency and Economic Recovery. Mentioned in this episode: National Summit: Energy efficiency and Australia's economic recovery (Youtube)  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiEzC40kXieTz_TKDikWOA3PDLBQuiIDs Recommendations of the Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency https://www.iea.org/reports/recommendations-of-the-global-commission-for-urgent-action-on-energy-efficiency Peak Emissions Are Closer Than You Think – and Here’s Why https://about.bnef.com/blog/peak-emissions-are-closer-than-you-think-and-heres-why/ Energy Efficiency Key To Covid Recovery https://about.bnef.com/blog/liebreich-energy-efficiency-key-to-covid-recovery/ World Energy Outlook Special Report on Sustainable Recovery https://www.iea.org/reports/sustainable-recovery/a-sustainable-recovery-plan-for-the-energy-sector Campaign page for an #EfficientRecovery http://www.eec.org.au/EfficientRecovery Connect with our guest: Find Michael at https://twitter.com/@MLiebreich Connect with us: Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil Follow us on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/1280092 Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts
1:00:49
July 2, 2020
9: Innovation and optimisation with Dr. Phil Blythe
In Episode 9 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel talks to Dr. Phil Blythe, who recently stepped down as Greensync’s Managing Director after founding the company in 2010. Luke and Phil discuss startup addiction, what’s changed in Australia’s energy market in the last decade (and what hasn’t), and the role of profound optimisation in charting a path to net zero. Mentioned in this episode: Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy https://www.industry.gov.au/sites/default/files/2019-11/australias-national-hydrogen-strategy.pdf ‘Hydrogen economy’ report from BloombergNEF https://about.bnef.com/blog/hydrogen-economy-offers-promising-path-to-decarbonization/ Technology Investment Roadmap Discussion Paper https://consult.industry.gov.au/climate-change/technology-investment-roadmap/ Connect with us: Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil Follow us on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/1280092 Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts
50:33
June 26, 2020
8: Wholesale change with Craig Memery
In Episode 8 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel is joined by Craig Memery from the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the Council’s own Head of Policy Rob Murray-Leach.  Luke, Craig and Rob discuss the final determination on the Wholesale Demand Response Mechanism announced by the Australian Energy Market Commission last week, the history of this rule change, and what it will mean for the market and consumers. Mentioned in this episode: Wholesale demand response mechanism rule change https://www.aemc.gov.au/rule-changes/wholesale-demand-response-mechanism Towards a truly national and efficient energy market (The Parer Review) http://www.efa.com.au/Library/ParerFinRpt.pdf Post 2025 review http://www.coagenergycouncil.gov.au/energy-security-board/post-2025 Rob analogy bingo https://twitter.com/lukemenzel/status/1272792568623853571 Connect with our guests: Find Craig at https://twitter.com/craigmemery Find Rob at https://twitter.com/rmurrayleach Connect with us: Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EECouncil Follow us on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/1280092 Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts
1:04:37
June 18, 2020
7: Technology and trust with Rosemary Sinclair AM
In Episode 7 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel is joined by Rosemary Sinclair AM, current CEO of .au Domain Administration, and former CEO of Energy Consumers Australia.  Luke and Rosemary talk about her five years at Energy Consumers Australia, its role in moving consumer outcomes to the centre of Australia’s energy conversation, and the importance of building trust  to enable the next generation of energy management technology. Mentioned in this episode: Foresighting Forum Consumer Sentiment Survey Power Shift report Connect with us: Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts
1:01:25
June 11, 2020
6: Active efficiency with Andrew McAllister
In Episode 6 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel talks to Commissioner Andrew McAllister of the California Energy Commission about the multiple crises facing the US, how to leverage energy efficiency to stimulate the global economy and the importance of ‘active efficiency’ in the energy transition. Mentioned in this episode: California Energy Commission  https://www.energy.ca.gov https://twitter.com/CalEnergy The 2020 U.S. Energy & Employment Report https://www.usenergyjobs.org Governor Jerry Brown https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Brown IEA webinar: The Role of Energy Efficiency in COVID Stimulus Packages https://www.iea.org/events/the-role-of-energy-efficiency-in-covid-stimulus-packages The Challenge of Retail Gas in California’s Low-Carbon Future (CEC Report) https://ww2.energy.ca.gov/2019publications/CEC-500-2019-055/index.html Active efficiency https://www.ase.org/activeefficiency Connect with us: Find Luke on Twitter https://twitter.com/lukemenzel Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council www.eec.org.au Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au Listen live: To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts
1:11:40
June 4, 2020
5: Catalysts for change with Alan Pears AM
In Episode 5 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel talks to Alan Pears AM, Senior Industry Fellow at RMIT University, about his lifelong passion for the demand side, the Australian Government’s Technology Investment Roadmap, and the reforms of policy, governance, regulation and incentives that would drive a genuine step change in energy efficiency. Mentioned in this episode: The Pears Report: Reflections on two decades of energy and climate policy https://shop.ata.org.au/shop/pearscollection Australia’s Technology Investment Roadmap Discussion Paper https://www.industry.gov.au/news-media/australias-technology-investment-roadmap-have-your-say Innovation to Improve Energy Productivity in the Food Value Chain https://a2se.org.au/files/Reports/Innovation-to-Improve-Energy-Productivity-Food-Value-Chain-1.pdf Connect with us: Find Luke at https://twitter.com/lukemenzel Find out more about the Energy Efficiency Council at www.eec.org.au Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au Listen live: To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts
1:03:09
May 28, 2020
4: Reviews and Roadmaps with Chloe Munro AO
In Episode 4 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel talks to Chloe Munro, Professorial Fellow at Monash University and Chair of the Energy Transition Hub’s Strategic Advisory Panel about a very big week in national energy and climate policy.  Mentioned in this episode:  The King Review  Australian Government response to the King Review  Australia's Technology Investment Roadmap: discussion paper  Finkel Review  Decarbonisation Futures Wholesale demand response mechanism rule change Listen live:  To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of the First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts  Contact us:  Questions? Comments? Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au
1:13:08
May 21, 2020
3: COVID-19 and Aussie industry with Tennant Reed
In Episode 3 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel talks to Tennant Reed, Head of Climate, Energy and Environment Policy at Australian Industry Group, about how COVID-19 is impacting Australia's manufacturing sector and the opportunities to drive economic recovery alongside a clean energy transition. Mentioned in this episode: Tennant’s article on falling energy prices Ai Group’s Performance of Manufacturing Index - April 2020 Innes Willox’s address to the Clean Energy Council's 'A Clean Recovery' summit First Fuel Episode 2: Energy efficiency and economic stimulus with Brian Motherway Listen live: To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of the First Fuel live, visit www.eec.org.au/podcasts Contact us: Questions? Comments? Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au
58:14
May 18, 2020
2: Energy efficiency and economic stimulus with Dr. Brian Motherway
In Episode 2 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel talks to Dr. Brian Motherway, Head of Energy Efficiency at the International Energy Agency, about the role of energy efficiency in the economic stimulus packages being developed by governments in Australia and around the world.  Mentioned in this episode: Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency Energy Efficiency Market Report 2019 from the International Energy Agency Energy Security Target and Safeguard Consultation Paper from the New South Wales Government  Global Energy Review 2020 from the International Energy Agency Energy efficiency can boost economies quickly, with long-lasting benefits by Dr. Brian Motherway and Michael Oppermann Listen live: To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of the First Fuel live, visit eec.org.au/podcasts Contact us: Questions? Comments? Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au
54:39
May 12, 2020
1: Decarbonisation Futures with Anna Skarbek
In Episode 1 of First Fuel, Energy Efficiency Council CEO Luke Menzel talks to Anna Skarbek, CEO of ClimateWorks Australia, about Climateworks' seminal new report, Decarbonisation Futures. Mentioned in this episode: Decarbonisation Futures from Climateworks Australia United In Science from the World Meteorological Organization Renewable Integration Study from the Australian Energy Market Operator Energy Efficiency Employment in Australia from the Energy Efficiency Council Listen live: To find out how you can listen to an upcoming episode of the First Fuel live, visit eec.org.au/podcasts Contact us Questions? Comments? Email us at firstfuel@eec.org.au
54:14
May 6, 2020
0: Introducing First Fuel
The Energy Efficiency Council's podcast, First Fuel, brings you the latest perspectives on energy efficiency, energy management and demand response from Australia and around the world. In this brief, introductory episode the Council's CEO, Luke Menzel briefly covers what the podcast is about, and some of the guests that are coming up.
02:02
April 28, 2020