Sam Staples

Market Development Manager - Australian Energy Storage Alliance

Sam studied economics at the University of Oregon before becoming a project manager for a Portland based construction company, where he began his involvement in the Solar industry by gaining appointment for his company as the exclusive installers for the Solarize Portland program, a bulk-purchase, city wide initiative.  After relocating to Sydney, Sam assisted with the founding of the Australian Energy Storage Alliance (AESA) in 2014 along with Mary Hendriks, the groups Industry Executive, serving as the AESA’s Market Development Manager ever since.  The AESA’s mission is to “advance the role of clean, safe and reliable energy storage solutions in Australia and Oceania”.  In this capacity, Sam has assisted the group in completing  a number projects for the benefit of the industry, including launching the Australian portal to the US Department of Energy’s Global Energy Storage Database, worked with partners to create freely accessible market reports such as the recent “Opportunities for Utility Scale Battery Storage in NSW” report that was completed in collaboration with AECOM, Transgrid, and funded in part by the NSW Department of Industry, and in multiple rule change submissions on behalf of AESA members to the energy market regulating bodies.  The AESA also hosts multiple networking and industry update events each year, including its flagship event,  the Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition.


16.00 – 16.45 | Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Keynote: Meeting the Energy Challenge – the long-term financial benefits of commercial Power Purchase Agreements

How can industry secure their own sustainable and reliable energy future? Corporate Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), which establish fixed energy pricing from renewable resources, may be the answer. An expert panel representing the innovators, brokers, government, industry and energy providers will discuss the drivers behind commercial PPAs, how to navigate the legal process, the potential benefits and risks.


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