Profile - KEN ASH

PositionHorizon Energy Group Pty Ltd - HEG Consulting
Key areas of expertiseElectrical power engineering, Utility scale renewable energy grid connection
Electrical utility engineering strategies and projects, Energy Conservation Strategies & Projects
QualificationsBEng Electrical and Electronic, Swinburne Institute of Technology, Victoria, Australia. 1985
Graduate Diploma Technology Management, Deakin University, 1993
MembershipsMIEAust, GAICD Chairman, CIGRE Australian Panel C6 � Distributed Generation

Summary of Expertise

I have a broad range of experience in senior management and engineering roles for over 25 years with electricity and gas distribution companies in Victoria and Queensland. Responsibilities have included a wide range of typical electrical engineering and asset management functions such as system specification, design, construction, procurement, standards, maintenance and project management for integrated grid networks from 12.7kV SWER to 132kV sub-transmission, and also including Isolated diesel/renewable generation sites in northern and western Queensland.

From 2007 to 2010 I created and managed a small renewable energy commercial business unit of Ergon Energy, focusing on off-grid hybrid PV/diesel/battery systems, on-grid solar installations, energy conservation, energy efficiency and demand management services, electricity efficiency products for customers and utilities and renewable energy based consultancy services for government and private industry clients. I also had the great fortune to lead the implementation of the innovative Townsville Solar Cities project based on Magnetic Island, involving large scale PV rollout, demand management interventions and energy conservation initiatives.

In mid-2010 I established Horizon Energy Group, an engineering and strategy consultancy business that advises business, corporate and utility clients on issues around electricity network strategies, demand management programs, deployment of large scale renewable energy projects, grid connection of renewables and general electrical engineering for power utilities.

Since mid-2010 I have also taken on the voluntary role as Australian National Convenor of CIGRE Australian Panel C6 (Distribution Systems and Dispersed Generation). This involves leading the direction of the Australian committee, ensuring appropriate interaction with the international study committee and sufficient involvement in the wide range of working groups that are established. This role enables a wide range of networking opportunities with over 20 Australian electricity utility engineers and industry participants, 20 senior utility managers as fellow panel convenors and CIGRE board members, as well as being tapped into the worldwide networks of electric utilities. Many opportunities are provided to input into leading technical policy papers that guide the future technical direction of distributed generation activities of electric utilities across the world.