Our energy transition: failure is not an option

Presented by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering (ATSE) New South Wales Division and the Union, University & Schools Club (UUSC)

Event details

Thursday 20 April 2023

12.00pm – 2.00pm AEST – In-person
12.30pm – 2.00pm AEST – Online


Union, University & Schools Club Sydney (UUSC) 25 Bent St, Sydney – in-person and online


In-person – $50
Online – Free


> Dr Peter Tyree AM FTSE
> Dr Adi Paterson FTSE


> Prof Renate Egan FTSE

FWI-NSW-energy transition 230420

Registrations are now closed. Please contact us at events@atse.org.au if you’re interested to join.

In response to an urgent national need for energy security, Australian governments have adopted the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) Integrated System Plan 2022.

Some energy experts are deeply concerned that the AEMO ISP 2022 for transition to renewables has a high risk of failure which would inevitably lead to serious power failures and prohibitive costs to all consumers on our east coast power grid.

Join us for a lunchtime presentation at the Union, University & Schools Club (UUSC) in Sydney and online on Thursday 20 April 2023 to hear a fireside chat with leading experts Dr Adi Paterson FTSE and Dr Peter Tyree AM FTSE, facilitated by Prof Renate Egan FTSE, Expert Panel Office of NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer and Lead Australian Centre for Advanced PV (ACAP). They will discuss the merits and concerns about the AEMO plan and discuss alternative pathways to support the energy transition using secure, high-quality and low-cost electricity supply.

Our economy, our standard of living and our global competitiveness all depend on secure, high quality electricity supply at low cost with an uptime of 99.95% or better.

Given the vital importance of energy security to our economy and standard of living, as Chief Flight Director of the US NASA Space Program Gene Kranz famously said, “Failure is not an option”.

Please note: To attend in person, you must be an ATSE Fellow, *guest of an ATSE Fellow, or a member of the UUSC.

*Guests must indicate during registration the Fellow they are a guest of. If you would like us to connect you to a Fellow, please contact events@atse.org.au


Dr Peter Tyree AM FTSE

Director, Tyree Consulting Services Pty Ltd

Dr Peter Tyree AM FTSE is a noted electrical engineer and co-founder and former Executive Chairman and CEO of the Tyree Group, one of Australia’s most respected private companies and a major Australian producer of high voltage apparatus for Australia’s electricity supply industry – transformers in particular.

The Tyree Group supports the Tyree Foundation by giving, each year, up to half its profits to the Foundation. The Foundation was started in the 1970s, is one of Australia’s leading philanthropic organisations, and is chaired by Peter’s sister Robyn Fennell (nee Tyree). The Foundation is dedicated to educational advancement, particularly in science, engineering and biomedical engineering. It is also a significant benefactor to the advancement of disadvantaged communities in Australia.

In 2019, Peter was appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for significant service to engineering and to education.

Dr Adi Paterson FTSE


Dr Adi Paterson FTSE has a strong public science and senior management background. He has extensive operational and strategic management expertise, in particular in nuclear programs and in the commercialisation of scientific research. He co-authored the post-Apartheid National R&D Strategy in South Africa and was Chief Operating Officer of the national Department of Science and Technology. Prior to this, he was a foundation Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa, the first non-racial Academy.

From March 2009 to September 2020 Adi had strategic oversight and responsibility for ANSTO’s multi-facetted portfolio of activities. He anchored a values-based program of positive change and growth. Putting people first, with a focus on diversity and inclusion, helped underpin the transformation process. This has leveraged outcomes based on the nexus of public science investment and practical innovation with positive impacts on health, industry and the environment. He oversaw the integration of the Australian Synchrotron into ANSTO operations in 2016.

His focus on the importance of diversity and equity, particularly in STEM, led to his appointment in 2016 as a Male Champion of Change for STEM. He has experience in key policy areas including science, innovation, energy and the nuclear fuel cycle.  He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), Engineers Australia (EA), and the Royal Society of New South Wales. The Sydney Division of Engineers Australia recognised him as the 2012 Professional Engineer of the Year. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Wollongong in 2017.


Professor Renate Egan FTSE

Expert Panel, Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer | R&D NSW. UNSW Lead, Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP) and Co-Founder, Solar Analytics

Innovator, entrepreneur and academic, Renate is passionate about using her skills to increase the uptake of solar and accelerate the energy transition.

In 2022, she was added to the ‘Australian Solar Hall of Fame’ by the Smart Energy Council, for extraordinary contribution to solar research, industry development advocacy and communications, and once described as one of Eight Great Women in the Business of Science and Solar internationally by Renewable Energy World. Renate has led manufacturing and industrial technology development of energy technologies in Australia, Germany and China.

Renate is currently; Co-Founder of Solar Analytics; leads the UNSW activity in the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics, is on the expert panel for the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, and represents Australia on the Executive of the IEA solar program PVPS.