Changing Weather is committed to supporting a positive energy transition in South Australia, with a vision of a fairer, cleaner energy system where abundant renewable energy supports the economy. Changing Weather works with the community energy sector and advocates for the difficult parts of an energy transition: increased effort on energy efficiency and demand management, stronger participation of diverse stakeholders to co-design the future system, support for a fair transition particularly for those on low income, and economic development underpinned by a collaborative energy products and services sector. Changing Weather’s ambition is to see South Australia’s citizens at the heart of the State’s energy future.
Principal of Changing Weather Heather Smith is an energy and climate change specialist. Heather brings a background in industrial energy efficiency together with the experience of policy development at a State Government level, and in 2016 travelled on a Churchill Fellowship to investigate energy transitions around the world. Heather sits on advisory committees for SA Power Networks and as a Conservation Council representative on advisory committees for the Essential Services Commission of SA. Heather also volunteers on the boards of Citizen’s Own Renewable Energy Network Australia (CORENA) and the national peak body Coalition for Community Energy (C4CE). The Changing Weather blog and public speaking opportunities provide a forum for energy advocacy and deepening the understanding of our community about the challenges and opportunities of our energy transition. On a practical level, Changing Weather provides consultancy services into the energy sector and has strong partnerships with Carbon Neutral Adelaide partners Tempus Energy and Tandem Energy.