HFM's Energy 101
HFM recently hosted an Energy 101 event at the conference room of The Shoe Bar in Yagan Square, Perth. The event was targeted at Property Managers, Facility Managers, Owners & Decision-makers of large-electricity-consumption assets across all sectors (commercial, industrial, retail, hospitality, health, care providers, education, etc) and aimed to provide a knowledge-sharing platform where Energy Efficiency and Energy Costs were the main topics.
Why was this event created?
For almost two decades, the HFM team has been helping clients across Australia improve the efficiency of their assets. Energy is one of HFM’s key areas of focus; our team has a clear understanding of the Australian Energy Market and its components. We believe in the importance of sharing knowledge with decision-makers to guide them in their energy efficiency journey.
About the event
The Energy 101 event was hosted by HFM and our General Manager, Technical Services, David Chokolich took on the role of MC for the evening. The program included:
- Energy 101: Niamh Kennedy, Engineering Consultant, HFM Asset Management
- Market Update: Allen Gerber, Manager, Retail Sales – Synergy
- Demand Side Management: Ian Knox, Managing Director, HFM Asset Management
- Open panel forum
Energy 101: Niamh Kennedy
The event started with an Energy 101 by Niamh Kennedy, Engineering Consultant, HFM Asset Management. During her presentation Niamh covered key topics such as the Australian Energy Market, WA Electricity Market and an overview of energy contracts, comparing the various alternatives for large consumers and a breakdown of the charges.
DSM: Ian Knox
Ian Knox, Managing Director, HFM Asset Management; explained key concepts of Demand Side Management and shared insights about the results obtained by HFM’s clients over recent years, including a combined total of $601,000 savings during 2018 and a combined total of $780,000 savings during 2019.
Market Update: Allen Gerber
Allen Gerber, Manager, Retail Sales at Synergy (WA’s largest electricity generator and retailer, owned by the Government of Western Australia) provided a Market update. Allen touched on the impact of renewables in the grid and gave insights into what needs to be done in WA to meet the future user demands.
Open panel & Networking
When the presentations concluded an open panel session started, interesting questions and answers were shared between speakers and attendees. Then guests and members of HFM’s team moved from the conference room to the balcony overlooking Yagan Square for networking drinks and canapes.