The Australia India Business Council (AIBC), the peak body facilitating bi-lateral trade and investment between Australia and India, has today announced the launch of a National AIBC Energy Services Export Chapter, with John Short to lead the Chapter as Chair.
The dedicated Chapter has the goal of working with Government and business to help bring together leading innovative companies in Australia’s Energy Sector and assisting them in establishing commercial arrangements in India aimed at strengthening the integrity and reliability of India's electricity supply system, as well as significantly increasing the availability of electricity throughout the country.
Commenting on the Chapter launch, AIBC National Chair, Sheba Nandkeolyar said: “The Australia India Business Council can play a leadership role in bringing various areas of the Australian energy sector together by working with the Australian Government. We hope this new National Energy Services Chapter will tap into commercial opportunities in India for Australian energy sector businesses – to the benefit of India and Australia - and I am confident that this initiative will flourish under John Short’s guidance and significant experience.”
John Short has significant experience in the energy and resource transport sector, as well as a strong track record in public policy work with Federal and State Governments in such areas as international trade issues and energy policy.
National AIBC Energy Services Export Chapter Chair, John Short said: “Australia is a world leader in many areas of the Energy Sector, with one of the longest transmissions grids in the world and the highest penetration of rooftop solar PV in the world, as well as highly respected rooftop solar installation standards. Australia also has significant expertise in
integrating renewable (intermittent) energy sources into the electricity grid and developing off-grid systems for use in remote areas.”
AIBC identified that Australia can therefore significantly assist India in areas such as:
- Strengthening the integrity and reliability of its electricity supply system
- Developing a safe and secure rooftop solar installation industry
- Providing valuable assistance in properly integrating an increasing supply of energy from intermittent generation sources such as wind and solar into its electricity grid, including the use of batteries.
- Introducing new approaches for supplying electricity to households and businesses in remote areas of the country
- with the national Government to develop infrastructure to facilitate the rapid introduction of electric vehicles.
The new AIBC National Energy Services Export Chapter will be the second National Industry Chapter in AIBC’s portfolio, joining AIBC Women in Business.