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The Future of Electricity Generation in NSW

Jonathan O’Dea, Member for Davidson,
NSW Parliament (Legislative Assembly)

5.30 for 6 pm, Wednesday 23 July 2014
Engineers Australia, 8 Thomas St, Chatswood NSW
For catering please register at link

Sustainable energy generation is one of the biggest challenges for the world today. An increasing population, a rapidly expanding middle class and environmental concerns are placing enormous pressures on energy supply. Energy generators need regulatory certainty to risk investing in future energy generation. Infrastructure is expensive and return is often dependent on government policy. Electricity prices have risen steeply since 2000, although they have recently stabilised. Future energy generation in NSW needs to balance sustainability with affordability and reliability. The NSW grid network has become increasingly expensive and off-grid generation options have emerged. Polygeneration, large-scale solar and small modular nuclear reactors are possibly viable off-grid options. What future do they have in NSW? Electricity generation in NSW will continue to be affected by federal government environmental and energy policy, and gas prices. Mindful of this, state governments should let dynamic and competitive market forces decide the success of electricity generation contenders. They should not 'pick winners'.

About Jonathan O'Dea
Jonathan O'Dea MP was elected as Member for Davidson in 2007 and currently chairs the NSW Public Accounts Committee (NSW PAC). His formal qualifications include Bachelor degrees in Arts and Law and Master degrees in Law and Business Administration. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Jonathan's wealth of experience before entering Parliament includes working as a lawyer in private and corporate practice, and in senior management roles. He has run various niche financial services businesses and was a non-executive board director of a health insurance company with a $2 billion turnover.. In 2012 the NSW PAC completed an extensive inquiry into the economics of energy generation and recently tabled a report on cogeneration and trigeneration power.

ANA Annual General Meeting 28 August 2014

The Annual General Meeting of the Australian Nuclear Association Inc. will be held at 12.30 pm on Thursday 28 August 2014 in the AINSE Theatre, Lucas Heights. All members are strongly encouraged to attend the AGM.

Nominations are called for all committee positions: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Committee member. Nominations close for all positions on 25 July. Please contact John Harries (ANA Secretary) on if you wish to make a nomination.

The AGM will be followed at 1 pm by a talk on Nuclear Science and Technology in Health by Dr Marie-Claude Gregoire, Head of Lifesciences, ANSTO.

Professor Mary O'Kane presentation to the Annual Meeting of the Four Societies

This year, ANA hosted the Annual Meeting of the Four Societies (Australian Nuclear Association, Royal Society of New South Wales, Australian Institute of Energy and Nuclear Engineering Panel of the Sydney Branch of Engineers Australia).

The speaker at this Four Societies meeting was Professor Mary O'Kane, NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, who gave a presentation on "Questions about Power in NSW" in the Hamilton Room, MLC Centre, Sydney, at 6 pm, Thursday 27 February. The slides for Professor O'Kane's very interesting talk are here.

Dr Eric (Lou) Vance receives ANA Award for 2013

The ANA 2013 Award was presented to Dr Eric (Lou) Vance on Friday 6 December 2013 by ANA President Dr Therese Donlevy at the ANA Annual Lunch at the Sutherland United Services Club, Sutherland NSW.

Dr Eric (Lou) Vance has made an outstanding contribution to ceramic science and to the development of advanced ceramics for immobilisation of radioactive waste. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics, the American Ceramics Society, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and the Australian Ceramic Society.

Dr Vance is a highly respected member of the international scientific community, is continually invited to be a guest speaker, and maintains his links with prestigious international research laboratories and universities. As a mentor, Dr Vance provides valuable guidance to his staff and is an excellent sounding board for testing ideas. He is author or co-author of over 330 articles in international journals and refereed conference proceedings and co-author of 3 patents.

The ANA was pleased to give the 2013 Australian Nuclear Association Annual Award to Dr Lou Vance in recognition of his outstanding contribution to nuclear science and technology in Australia by his contribution to development of ceramic waste forms for immobilisation of radioactive waste.

Pacific Basin Nuclear Conference, Vancouver, 24-28 Aug 2014

The Canadian Nuclear Society, the Canadian Nuclear Association, and Natural Resources Canada are hosting the 19th Pacific Basin Nuclear Conference (PBNC-2014) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 24-28 August 2014, under the aegis of the Pacific Nuclear Council. The ANA is a member of the Pacific Nuclear Council

The theme of PBNC-2014 is “Fulfilling the Promise of Nuclear Technology around the Pacific Basin in the 21st Century”. Papers will be organized in 10 technical tracks.

Please visit the PBNC-2014 website for more information, to submit papers, and to register.

Last Updated 2 July 2014