Heather Smith Churchill Fellow


I am an electrical engineer, policy and strategy adviser with a strong technical background in energy and climate change. I spent 10 years as a consulting engineer specialising in energy advice and the design of alternative energy systems before moving to State Government to develop public policy. I provide a high level of technical knowledge and integrated thinking with strong skills in influencing and connecting agendas. I also have proven stakeholder engagement skills and have successfully involved a diversity of sectors with competing priorities in statewide strategy development. I have a keen interest in harnessing the power of markets and communities to deliver sustainable futures. I am a graduate of the Company Directors Course, AICD(you can download a copy of my CV here)

I was incredibly honoured to be awarded a Churchill Fellowship on the topic of governance and community energy. From May to July 2016 I traveled to USA, Germany, Denmark, UK and Japan to investigate the changes in electricity markets that are being stimulated by community led energy initiatives. My full report and summary is available on the Churchill website and as a download. My Blog offers a range of summaries for different audiences, snapshots of the experience and resources from each place I visited.

I have recently joined Tempus Energy. This is a strategic move to allow me to continue contributing to South Australia's energy transition. I'm excited to be at the forefront of developing a flexible load market here in SA. My arrangement with Tempus allows me to continue my work in developing a community energy sector in SA as well. You can read about how it all fits together and Why I'm joining Tempus Energy in this blog.

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Changing Weather is currently offering energy services in partnership with Tandem Energy (see the brochure)

·          Low carbon technology and policy

·          Monitoring and Verification
        (Heather Smith is one of the few Certified Monitoring & Verification Professionals in SA - ID

·          Cogeneration and energy systems design

·          Energy flow analysis and electricity demand management

·          Renewable energy assessment

·          Technical communication – written and presentations

·          Government liaison, policy and legislation

·          Influencing and strategy development

·          Project management

Community Energy
I sit on the boards of both CORENA, (Citizens Own Renewable Energy Network Australia) and C4CE (the Coalition for Community Energy). In February 2017, 95 groups around Australia were part of the national Congress. Let's bring some of the learning into South Australian communities.

·          Community Energy Roadshow, we bring inspiration and advice to your community
        See the brochure

·          Pro Bono Community Energy advice
        click here to book a short advice session and get your community energy project started.

Recent Projects

Supporting 10 South Australians to attend the Community Energy Congress in Melbourne

>  2015 Churchill Fellow, traveling in May 2016 to study governance of community energy

>  Renewables for All leadership for the Conservation Council of SA

>  Monitoring regulatory environment for solar finance and business models.

>   Data analysis of SA energy use in preparation for Emission Reduction Fund.

>   Project on expanding markets for SA architectural sector with Sustain SA

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