Luke Jewell

Principle - Climate Change and Energy, NSW Department of Primary Industries

Luke Jewell

Principle - Climate Change and Energy, NSW Department of Primary Industries

Luke has spent over 20 years working in various roles in agriculture industries in NSW, including technical sales roles for Syngenta, agronomy for Elders Ltd and advocacy for NSW Farmers. Just prior to joining NSW DPI Luke was a Senior Consultant for GHD Hassall in the Agriculture and Economics team.

Since joining NSW DPI Luke took responsibility for the Hawkesbury Nepean River Recovery Program WaterSmart Farms Climate Change Fund water use efficiency project which established 7 demonstration farms showcasing the latest in disinfection, filtration and recycling technologies for use in intensive horticulture. Luke is now working with DPI Climate Change to formulate and test new approaches and policy frameworks for energy generation and efficiency in the agriculture sector.

Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney – Room E5.7

When: Day 3 – Friday, 15 June 2018, 12.00 – 12.30

Abstract Outline: Energy use and costs for the $13 billion (GVAP) NSW primary industry sector have risen steadily over the past ten years, with electricity prices rising significantly over the last five. For example, energy costs have risen by 70-300% in parts of the irrigation industry. Although water use efficiency has improved over the last ten years , energy intensity has increased (44%) – partially as a result of switching to pressurised irrigation systems to enhance water use efficiency.
In addition, ABS and other reported data suggests that energy use in the sector remains dominated by diesel. These data suggests that the already dominant role of diesel has further increased in recent years due to increased electricity prices; continued lack of access to, or prohibitive costs of connecting to the grid; and unreliable supply.
Thirdly, it is often the case that energy usage patterns in the sector do not align with the centralised electricity grid supply and pricing arrangements for NSW. For example, in the irrigation sector the need to access water when it is physically available, affordable, agronomically suitable and efficient to apply, make the energy usage patterns of irrigators lumpy and unpredictable, and as a result unaffordable when urban focused demand tariffs are applied.
This means there is a need to find a cost effective and equitable way to address the lumpy demand curves of primary industries businesses which integrates renewables, energy storage, micro-grids and existing network customer requirements.

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