FREEING ENERGY

#HeroesofFreeingEnergy: Dr. Jemma Green

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“Growing up on a farm was amazing. Our nearest neighbors were five kilometers away. My father was very interested in planting trees. We planted so many on our farm, we invited my school up to do tree planting days.

“When I did the Camino de Santiago across Spain and went hiking in Nepal, Israel, and Latin America, I just got all these ideas in my head. One of them that stuck around was that I might want to build an eco-village. I wrote this email when I was in the Galapagos Islands, actually, to Professor Peter Newman at Curtin University in Perth. It said, ‘I’m a returning Western Australian. My background’s in banking and sustainability, and I want to build an eco-village in Perth.’

“It was obviously a bit of an audacious email, but he wrote back fairly instantly and copied the mayor of Fremantle and said, ‘That’s a great idea. We should build it here.’ Pretty soon, when I got back to Perth, we were figuring out where it would be and I got persuaded to do a PhD, which became applied research for the eco-village. So my PhD is in electricity market disruption.

“I’m very excited about the idea of working on a paradigm shift and helping to transition to low-cost, low-carbon, and stable energy, and impacting the lives of a billion people. It makes me want to get out of bed every morning and work on that. But it doesn’t just happen overnight, generally speaking, and it doesn’t happen from the center and work its way out. It happens on the periphery and works its way in. 

“John Bulich‏, my business partner, had a lot of experience in technology and blockchain. So we set about looking for applications in the electricity sector, and saw some examples in the world, and I went, ‘Ah, this can actually do what I have in mind for my PhD research project, but also has broader application for the electricity sector.’ So we decided to set up the company. And we had our fifth birthday yesterday.”

Jemma Green is Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Australian-based Power Ledger, developer of software that allows consumers and producers to track, trace and trade electricity peer-to-peer. She is one of the 320 people that author Bill Nussey interviewed for his new book, “Freeing Energy: How innovators are using local-scale solar and batteries to disrupt the global energy industry from the outside in.” Available today.

Learn more about Jemma from her Freeing Energy podcast with Bill Nussey.

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