Energy Angels to help businesses take charge

5 June 2017

Business SA’s upcoming Energy Angels forum will help small and medium sized businesses take charge of their own energy costs

A range of energy related companies will provide different options applicable to businesses of all sizes, tailored to how they use energy

Business SA is a key player in the current energy debate. For many years, we have been advocating through a range of mechanisms, including regular submissions to energy regulators, to ensure businesses can access reliable and competitively priced energy.

We are mindful of the impacts rising energy prices have had on our members, particularly since mid-2015 when Alinta announced the Northern Power Station closure following a decade largely driven by increasing network costs. Our members have also been hard hit by rising gas prices, which have not only contributed to the cost of electricity but have resulted in a double whammy impact on many energy intensive businesses.

While advocating on behalf of business is important, Business SA is also mindful of its obligation to provide access to practical and commercial outcomes to help members and the business community more broadly take control of its own destiny to mitigate against the wider market turmoil.

Business SA is running an ‘Energy Angels’ forum on Wednesday 14 June which will feature nine companies pitching a range of options to businesses to help them understand what they can do regardless of their size and energy consumption. Presenting businesses include Elwa Energy Savers, Nexgen Energy, Energy DNA, 2XE, Enernoc, Class A Energy Solutions, Clarke Energy, ZEN Energy and Sustainable Focus.

Nick Palousis from specialist productivity consultants 2XE will speak on the latest intelligence related to how businesses can become more energy-efficient. Mr Palousis said “I’m going to provide businesses insights into smart and low-cost ways of making deep cuts to their energy bills”.

Founder and Director of Innovation at ZEN Energy, Richard Turner, said “I will explain the big picture of the State’s large scale renewable energy plan, the future of supply and its stability, and importantly what it all means for South Australia combined with large behind the meter solar generation and storage for business customers”.

Mr Anthony Penney, Executive Director Industry and Government Engagement for Business SA said “Business SA is excited to be able to bring a range of expert speakers like Nick from 2XE and Richard from Zen Energy in front of small and medium sized businesses to help them understand there are ways to take control of energy costs”.

“Business SA’s role is not just to advocate on energy issues, but to ensure we provide the means to help businesses find practical solutions that work for the way they use energy.

“With so many options out there, it can be hard to sort the wheat from the chaff” he also said.

Energy Angels is free for members ($44 for non-members) and will be held at Business SA from 4:30 to 6:30 pm on Wednesday 14 June 2017. To register, please visit

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