Natural home for energy intensive industry

From AFR, on Mike Cannon Brookes idea of fairdinkumpower.

Ross Garnaut, economics professor at the University of Melbourne and president of SIMEC ZEN Energy, which is building firm renewable power plants for British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta’s Whyalla steel works, said: Unless we muck it up with policy uncertainty and astonishingly bad policy and regulation we are naturally the lowest cost energy producer in the emerging low carbon world economy, and that will make us the natural home for energy intensive industries.”

Professor Garnaut, who first made the clean energy superpower case in 2015, said it could eventually be economic to export power as well.

When the idea showed up first on twitter this is what I said.

For me we have to use this to create a long term economic opportunity. Not just importing. Local tech, local startups and export to the world. We move from exporting coal to exporting renewable energy tech and systems.

Climate change is real. However, where should Australia play?

Not just having solar panel roofs which are imported from China. If we have a 100% renewable energy even then we cannot make a difference to the climate change challenges.

So what can we do?

We create the tech, systems and the energy to enable other countries to become renewable.

That can be exported. It can create significant low carbon emissions that will change the trajectory.

Lets move from solar panel roofs to energy systems for the world.


This week, I saw no signs that they are.

Damien Cave from NYT.

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We are always on the outer edge of incompetence. We take on projects that we don’t know the answer to. And then figure it out. We respond to those calls with deep humility.” — How Keith responds when Oprah calls

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The power of each of us

From Leadfully:


In a world with monumental forces at play, we have to re-conceptualize our roles as leaders.

I go back to the wisdom of Buckminster Fuller, who reflected on what one person can do:

Something hit me very hard once, thinking about what one little man could do. Think of the Queen Elizabeth — the whole ship goes by and then comes the rudder. And there’s a tiny thing at the edge of the rudder called a trim tab. It’s a miniature rudder. Just moving the little trim tab builds a low pressure that pulls the rudder around. Takes almost no effort at all.

So I said that the little individual can be a trim tab.

Society thinks it’s going right by you, that it’s left you altogether. But if you’re doing dynamic things mentally, the fact is that you can just put your foot out like that and the whole big ship of state is going to go. So I said, Call me Trim Tab.’”

Can you be that trim tab for your organization?

Can you be that trim tab for something you want to create?

Can you be that trim tab for what this nation — and the world — needs now?

Will you lead fully?