Nicky Ison is a Senior Research Consultant at the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF). She is an expert in the field of community energy, specialising in energy policy and governance, energy options assessment and community owned renewable energy. She has extensively researched community energy projects, including undertaking two research projects examining both the technical and governance aspects of community energy projects – The Governance of Community Energy Projects in the UK and Overcoming Technical Knowledge Barriers to Community Energy Projects in Australia. During 2010, Nicky undertook a self-funded study tour of 30 community energy projects and organisations across Europe.
While at ISF Nicky has developed a detailed understanding of the working of the National Electricity Market. She was the lead author on the recent National Electricity Market Report Card for the Total Environment Centre and contributed to the Decentralised Energy Roadmap under the CSIRO’s Energy Transformed Flagship.
Nicky is highly proficient in stakeholder engagement including workshop design and facilitation, and soft systems methodology and systemic inquiry. She has designed and run workshops and training for a range of ISF projects, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and numerous community organisations across Australia and the UK.
In addition to working at ISF, Nicky is Director and founder of the Community Power Agency. Nicky was previously the National Convenor for the Australian Student Environment Network and gained five years’ experience in the student and community climate sector as an advocate, facilitator and organiser.
Ison, N 2009, 'At the coal face in Australia: the youth climate movement' in Wilson, G, Furniss, P & Kimbowa, R (eds), Environment, Development and Sustainability: Perspectives and cases from around the world, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 65-75.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
This chapter is a reflection on the youth climate movement in Australia and draws on ideas from the theories of change.
Teske, S, Dominish, E, Ison, N & Maras, K Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2016, Renewable Energy for Australia–Decarbonising Australia’s Energy Sector within one Generation.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Downes, J & Ison, N Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2013, Community Attitudes to Wind Power: A Literature Review, Sydney, Australia.
Ison, N, Wynne, LE, Rutovitz, J, Jenkins, C, Cruickshank, P & Luckie, K Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2013, NSW North Coast bioenergy scoping study, pp. 1-38, Sydney.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Langham, E, Ison, N, Brennan, T, Downes, J, Boronyak, LJ & White, S Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2013, Smart Grid, Smart City: Analysis and Reporting. Stakeholder Engagement Report, Sydney, Australia.
Ison, N, Ross, K, Cooper, C, Brennan, T, Langham, E, Wynne, L, Riedy, C & Downes, J Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2013, Our energy future: Renewable energy master plan, pp. 1-133, Sydney.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Ison, N, Hicks, J, Gilding, J & Ross, K Backroad Connections, Community Power Agency and the Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2012, The Australian community renewable energy sector - Challenges and opportunities, pp. 1-67, Sydney.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Rutovitz, J, Ison, N, Langham, E & Paddon, M Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2011, Electrical trades in the green economy: analysis of the NSW energy sector to 2020, pp. 1-60, Sydney, Australia.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Ison, N, Usher, J, Cantley-Smith, RM, Harris, SM & Dunstan, C Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS and Monash University Faculty of Law 2011, The NEM Report Card: How well does the National Electricity Market serve Australia?, pp. 1-158, Sydney.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Rutovitz, J, Langham, E, Ison, N & Dunstan, C Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2011, Parkes Shire Council: Distributed energy plan - information sheet, pp. 1-2, Sydney.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Parkes Shire Council (PSC) is investigating the options to reduce energy use and generate local energy from renewable or low carbon sources, with the aim of delivering significant financial and environmental benefits. To this end, PSC commissioned the Institute for Sustainable Futures to produce a Distributed Energy Plan to form part of PSCs Sustainable Water and Energy Plan (SWEP). ISF undertook a high level assessment of the energy options by assigning indicative costs and comparing them with projected increases in NSW electricity prices, and assessing risks and benefits in the Parkes context. Six options were selected for further investigation in consultation with PSC. Implementing the proposed Distributed Energy Plan could provide significant economic, social and environmental benefit to both PSC and the wider Parkes community, enabling PSC to invest more in other essential community services and programs. It will directly reduce councils own emissions and costs, and increase the profile of sustainable and low carbon technologies. An important element of the plan is to ensure that the Parkes community is informed about the energy actions implemented, enabling businesses, organisations and residents to learn from the Councils experience. There may be potential in the future to facilitate community implementation of distributed energy, for example by arranging or facilitating bulk purchase cooperatives, so that residents can gain access to the same cost effective solutions as PSC itself.
Langham, E, Dunstan, C, Cooper, C, Moore, DD, Mohr, SH & Ison, N Institute for Sustainable Futures 2011, Decentralised Energy Costs and Opportunities for Victoria, pp. 1-136, University of Technology, Sydney.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Dunstan, C, Boronyak, LJ, Langham, E, Ison, N, Usher, J, Cooper, C & White, S Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2011, Think small: The Australian decentralised energy roadmap: Issue 1, December 2011, pp. 1-110, Sydney, Australia.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Riedy, C, Lederwasch, AJ & Ison, N Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2011, Defining zero emission buildings - review and recommendations: Final report, pp. 1-56, Sydney.View/Download from: UTS OPUS