About Rewiring Australia

Rewiring Australia was launched in 2021, founded by Dr. Saul Griffith. It is supported by an optimistic group of non-partisan Australians to collectively illustrate the positive climate and economic outcomes possible for Australia, and the world, with the electrification of fossil fuel machines.

Our 2021 impact

In October 2021, our inaugural report Castles & Cars - Savings in the suburbs through electrifying everything studied the potential economic and emissions benefits if Australian homes fully electrified. It found that a $12 billion investment over 5 years in Australian homes and vehicles would reap $300 billion in household savings by 2035.

We made a fun ad to convey this story, reaching 1.26 million Australians. We have been inspired by the support from people across Australia who want to support electrification. The report generated huge national media coverage: 7:30, 9 News, 7 News, ABC News, The Daily Telegraph, The Saturday Paper, The Sydney Morning Herald and more.

Policy and community priorities for 2022

In 2022 we will continue building public support and work with communities and policy makers. Saul will hit the road in an electric vehicle on a roadshow to promote his new book, The Big Switch. We will find the towns and suburbs most committed to joining the electric future today and help them realise their ambition. We will engage with business, industry, unions, investors and other stakeholders. We are talking to governments about a pilot program to electrify an Australian town and suburb. This would be a world first demonstration of full electrification that brings to light the abundant future available if Australia invests in the decarbonisation of its household infrastructure. We are working with regulators and governments on how to cut the ‘green tape’ holding back electrification.

About Saul

Saul Griffith is an engineer and inventor. As founder and chief scientist at Otherlab, an independent R&D lab, he helps government agencies and Fortune 500 companies understand energy infrastructure and deep decarbonization. He’s been a principal investigator and project lead on federally-funded research projects for agencies including NASA, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-e), National Science Foundation and United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM). He was awarded the MacArthur “Genius Grant” in 2007. He completed his PhD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004.

Saul is also founder and chief scientist at Rewiring America, a nonprofit dedicated to widespread electrification as a means of fighting climate change, creating jobs, making our air cleaning, and saving the future for our children.

Saul received his Ph.D. at MIT in the junction between materials science and information theory. Prior to MIT, he studied in Sydney, Australia and at UC Berkeley in metallurgical engineering. Since graduating in 2004, he has founded and co-founded numerous technology companies based in the Bay Area. These include Treau (now Gradient), Sunfolding, Roam Robotics, Fablight, Wattzon, Canvas Construction, Makani Power (acquired by Google), Instructables.com (acquired by Autodesk), Squid Labs, Howtoons, Optiopia, and Potenco.

Saul, born in Australia, is a father of two, and a consistent champion of STEAM education (including the A for ART!).

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