Western Australia

An Economic Perspective: WA’s Electricity Transformation Progress


From: Tuesday June 21, 2022, 5:00 pm

To: Tuesday June 21, 2022, 7:30 pm

Join us for a discussion on WA's ability to leverage our existing systems as we transition to Stage 2 of the Energy Transformation Strategy.

About this event

Women in Energy and the Women in Economics Network are proud to present:

An Economic Perspective: WA’s Electricity Transformation Progress

The Energy Transformation Strategy is entering Stage 2 with significant reforms foreshadowed including integration of DER, review of the Reserve Capacity Mechanism (RCM) to ensure appropriate incentives for generation and use, our access and economic regulatory system. Implementing changes in these areas will be critical in ensuring Western Australia has the energy we need in the right place.

Will the current structure, governance and culture of our system facilitate continued progress in efficiency and innovation and meet the needs of consumers?

  • What work is still to be done and could be done in the future?
  • What can we learn from our past and the reforms in the national system?
  • Will our technology and technical prowess keep pace with the growing information needs to better plan and manage the system?

Please join our esteemed panel to discuss the reforms to date and further improvements in the WA energy sector that will better support an efficient and effective transition to a low cost, low emission energy system that delivers for consumers

Registration from: 5pm

Panel Discussion: 5:30pm

Networking, drinks and canapes from: 6:30pm

Price: $16.50 – $33

About the panellists

Anne Nolan

Ms Nolan has had a distinguished career with the Western Australian public service sector. She is an economist with extensive leadership and management experience. She has broad public policy experience in economics , energy, industry and resources, tax, intergovernmental relations and government trading enterprises.

Some of the positions Anne has previously held include Director General at the Department of Finance and the Department of State Development. Prior to this she served as the Deputy Director-General, Cabinet and Policy Division in the Department of Premier and Cabinet. She was also the inaugural Chief Executive of the Independent Market Operator for the WA Wholesale Electricity Market (WEM).

As CEO of Energy from 2002-06, Ms Nolan was responsible for driving the reform agenda that saw the introduction of a competitive electricity market in the WEM, an independent third-party network access regime and the disaggregation of Western Power. Ms Nolan joined the AEMO Board in 2019. She is also a board member of the Fremantle Port Authority, the University of Western Australia Business School and the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra, and a member of Stateships.


Kate Ryan

Kate Ryan is an Executive General Manager with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), responsible for leading AEMO’s Western Australia function and corporate strategy. Kate joined AEMO in February 2022, and has almost two decades of experience in energy policy, reform and market operations. Kate is passionate about enabling an orderly energy transition so that all Australians can enjoy reliable, affordable and sustainable energy supplies.

Prior to joining AEMO, Kate was the Coordinator of Energy at Energy Policy WA, where she oversaw the strategic policy, reform, regulation and market design for Western Australia’s energy markets.

Kate has held other senior roles with the Queensland and Western Australian Governments and the former Independent Market Operator in Western Australia. She has also managed key reform projects in the Queensland and Western Australian energy sectors.

Michelle Shepherd

Michelle has over 20 years experience in both the private and public sectors of Australia’s electricity and gas markets.

Michelle is currently a Commissioner at the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) where she undertakes the AEMC’s statutory rule making and market development functions with a focus on improving market efficiency and consumer outcomes. 

Prior to becoming a Commissioner in 2018, Michelle spent over 15 years working on national energy reform at Alinta Energy and at AGL. Michelle has also worked for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, UK Competition Commission and the Commonwealth Department of Finance.

Michelle was a board member of the Retail Energy Market Company and the YMCA WA (Vice President). She is a Graduate of the AICD and holds a Bachelor of Applied Economics from Murdoch University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University.


Sally McMahon

Sally has more than 25 years’ experience working across Australia and Canada in the energy sector and has executive experience with government, regulators, corporations and investments funds in regulatory policy and energy transformation across Australia. Her early career included work with Commonwealth agencies and she was the Victorian government’s representative in establishing Australia’s national electricity and gas rules and law for network and retail regulation.

She is currently a member of the Expert Panel for the WA Electricity Review Board and the Technical Panel of Experts for the generator performance standards dispute resolution mechanism in the Wholesale Electricity Market in WA.

Sally was appointed the Independent Chair of the Market Advisory Committee and Gas Advisory Board and Inaugural Chair of the Pilbara Advisory Committee, as well as Special Advisor to the Coordinator of Energy for Stage 2 of the Energy Transformation Strategy. She holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Click here to register



Dexus Place Perth

240 Saint Georges Terrace Theatrette & Mezzanine Foyer, Mezzanine Floor. Accessible from ground floor., Perth WA 6000

Share this with your friends

Add to My Calendar

Western Australia

map Queensland New South Wales Australian Capital Territory Victoria Tasmania South Australia Western Australia