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YEPN eyes South Island for growth

YEPN eyes South Island for growth

The Young Energy Professionals Network is aiming to grow its currently sparse membership in the South Island and could establish a Christchurch branch.
Co-chair Mark Todoroff says there is “not much” of a YEPN presence in the South Island at present.

YEPN eyes South Island for growth

YEPN Newsletter – March 2019

Two years ago Emily Calvert, Chloe Sparks and I were invited to give a view of the industry from a young energy professional perspective. We described ourselves as millennials. We described ourselves as energy nerds. We described ourselves as being part of a diverse and multi-cultural group that wants to learn to become great at what we do.

YEPN eyes South Island for growth

2018 FEL Nominations Statistics

This year, the World Energy Council received more applications than ever before: 241 of them!

This is an increase of nearly 40% compared to last year and a clear sign of the increasing visibility and importance of the programme.

YEPN eyes South Island for growth

YEPN Newsletter – October 2018

This month we are taking NZ to the world, and bringing the world to NZ. We wish all the best to our Future Energy Leaders who are in Milan representing New Zealand on the world stage this week. And next week we are delighted to welcome four young professionals from around the world to Wellington.

YEPN eyes South Island for growth

YEPN Newsletter – August 2018

This year New Zealand has the honour of hosting the Asia Pacific Energy Leaders’ Summit, which presents a unique opportunity to network some of the visionaries of our industry!

This year’s theme is the 3D Vision. New Energy Perspectives will offer an invaluable insight into the global forces that are driving the Energy Sector’s three D’s: Decentralisation, Digitisation and Decarbonisation. The 2018 Summit will feature outstanding keynote speakers and industry leaders from business, energy and technology, and will help decision-makers navigate the disruptive forces that are provoking profound global change. It’s a critical time to bring new perspectives and insights to the challenges, especially from outside of the traditional energy sector.

YEPN eyes South Island for growth

Jay, Hansen among energy sector mentors

Joshua Riddiford, Energy News 
Industry leaders including Transpower’s grid development general manager Stephen Jay, outgoing Electricity Authority chief executive Carl Hansen and Contact Energy’s regulatory affairs and government relations head Louise Griffin have volunteered to mentor the sector’s younger professionals.
The Young Energy Professional Network’s new programme randomly matches mentees, who sign up to the programme, with a mentor in their city to meet that month.
The mentor and mentee will then organise their own meetings.

YEPN eyes South Island for growth

YEPN Newsletter – June 2018

The Young Energy Professionals Network is delighted to launch our new Mentoring Programme. The programme is designed to give you a chance to meet with different leaders and decision makers for a coffee each month. You could make a dozen new industry contacts each year!

YEPN eyes South Island for growth

YEPN Newsletter – April 2018

A big thank you to all YEPN members who responded to our online satisfaction survey earlier this year, and congratulations to Buddhika Rajapakse for winning a complimentary ticket to the Downstream Conference! The feedback received shows that our events and newsletters provide value to our members, and we are committed to keeping it that way. You identified the themes of Environment, People and Economy as very relevant to you, and we will make sure we address these topics in depth and involve you in the network’s discussions.

YEPN eyes South Island for growth

YEPN at Downstream 2018

YEPN were invited to present at the 2018 downstream conference.

Presenters Dr Daniel Gnoth (Senior Data Scientist, Powerco), Margie McCrone (Regulatory Advisor, Genesis), and Jonny Parker (Energy Manager, Victoria University) delivered a talk focusing on the soft human skills and connectivity young professionals may need to take the reins of a rapidly changing industry.

Environmental challenges, machine learning, electrification of transport, and increased consumer desire for grid independence will lay new challenges to the professionals of tomorrow.

So could it be the human traits of creativity, continued learning coupled with professional connectivity that allow us to adapt to future challenges?

YEPN eyes South Island for growth

YEPN Newsletter – March 2018

One of our members has passed us some information about 2 back-to-back energy-related events hosted by the School of Management at Victoria University and supported by ORSNZ through its Energy and Natural Resources Special Interest Group (ENR SIG) and industry sponsors.

YEPN eyes South Island for growth

YEPN Newsletter – Feb 2018

The Young Energy Professional Network was founded in 2015 by New Zealand’s representatives in the Future Energy Leader programme. Since then, we have been invited to present our views in front of Executives across the industry at the Downstream conference. We have held events, drinks, and regular newsletters. Now is the time to reflect on our activities and ensure we keep delivering value to our members.