About Rewiring Australia

Rewiring Australia is a non-profit, independent, non-partisan organisation dedicated to representing the people, households and communities in the energy system. We empirically demonstrate and communicate the cost savings, emissions reductions, and energy system benefits of electrification.

Rewiring Australia has reached millions of Australians with our work. We deliver practical climate progress by working with government, industry, and on the ground with communities to electrify everything.

There are four core pillars to our work:

  • Education & communications: Mass adoption of electrification requires millions of homes and businesses replacing 100 million fossil machines. We want to make it easy for homes to understand the economic, health and environmental benefits of electrification and why they should make the switch. Check out our media profile here and electrification explainer here.
  • Advocacy: Our current energy system, the policies, regulations and funding surrounding it, are set up for a fossil fuel world. We engage directly with all levels of government, members of parliament, industry and regulatory bodies to advocate for reform to the energy system to support rapid decarbonisation through electrification. This includes supporting homes and businesses to electrify and shift to clean energy.
  • Data driven research: Our advocacy and education resources are underpinned by robust data analysis. We bring together data from a diverse range of areas including detailed energy flows, economic, demographic and emissions data to build the case (and narrative) for electrification. Our reports are here.
  • Deployment of electrification: We work to support electrification happening right now. We’re working with communities and local councils to develop and enable on the ground community led climate action today. Sign up to be an electrification ambassador here and see some information about our pilot work here.

Rewiring Australia Team

Saul Griffith
Co-Founder and Chief Scientist

Saul is an engineer and entrepreneur specialising in clean and renewable energy technologies. Saul has founded a dozen technology companies across 20 years in Silicon Valley. Saul is the author of 3 books including `Electrify', and `The Big Switch'. Saul has recently turned his attention from Otherlab, his independent Research and Development lab, to policy work and writing, including founding Rewiring America and Rewiring Australia, non-partisan organisations dedicated to electrification and decarbonization. More about Saul.

Dan Cass
Co-Founder and Executive Director

Dan is a leader in the clean energy transition. He has advised investors, wind companies and the rooftop solar sector and worked on energy market reform at The Australia Institute. He has an Bachelor of Science (Hons) in science history from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma in Energy and Resources Law from Melbourne Law School and is a Research Affiliate at the University of Sydney Business School. In January 2023 Dan was appointed as the first executive director of Rewiring Australia. He first worked on climate in 1991 and says that electrification is the first policy that will win mass support for ending fossil fuels, because it saves consumers money. Dan lives in Naarm (Melbourne) with his partner and their two young boys who love fishing, zoos, beaches and the bush.

Kate Minter
Managing Director

Kate is a social researcher and campaigner. She has worked with non-profits and membership based organisations leading projects on pressing social issues including women’s safety, the rights of migrant and gig-economy workers. She has degrees in social research and applied statistics. At Rewiring Australia, Kate works across the organisation’s advocacy, community and research work, helping bring our big vision to electrify everything to life. In her work at Rewiring Australia, Kate is driven by how we bring all households and communities on the electrification journey and make sure access to the benefits of renewable energy are accessible to all. Kate loves to swim and loves watching almost every sport.

Josie Ashton
Strategic Partnerships Manager

Josie brings over 20 years of experience in investor relations, communications, sustainability and business strategy across a wide range of industries including financial services, chemicals and infrastructure. As a connector and collaborator, she has a track record of partnering with internal and external stakeholders to grow, innovate and transform organisations to optimise financial, social and environmental value. Josie is passionate about accelerating a just energy transition to protect this beautiful world we inhabit and its flora and fauna, for all the generations to come.

Josh Ellison
Senior Analyst, Research, Design and Development

Josh leads research, design and development work at Rewiring Australia. He has co-authored Rewiring Australia’s research papers and models since its establishment. He also works with industry and communities to design and implement on the ground electrification.

Nick Lucchinelli
Communications & Media

Nick Lucchinelli is a former journalist who specialises in editorial advocacy and political communication. He has launched think tanks, campaigns and peak bodies, shaped national conversations and sparked fresh debates. Nick was first inspired by the electrification movement when he heard an Ezra Klein podcast with Saul Griffith as bushfires ravaged Australia during the 2019/20 summer. He has assisted Rewiring Australia since its launch in August 2021. Nick is a passionate ocean swimmer when he’s not wrangling three small children.

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Vikki McLeod
Energy Market Reform - Expert Adviser

Vikki leads the energy market reform work at Rewiring Australia. Vikki has professional expertise in energy policy, energy and environmental markets, economic regulation, infrastructure economics, and energy technologies. She has higher degrees in electrical engineering, business, energy policy and design. She is an experienced Executive Director, Board member and Project Manager with achievements in delivering social and public policy outcomes in complex political environments. Vikki has experience in business development and is active in the community energy sector.

Kristen McDonald
Mobilisation & Engagement Manager

For nearly 20 years Kristen has worked on climate change, environmental and social justice campaigns. A communications, education and engagement specialist, Kristen is passionate about empowering communities to bring about change. She is one of the founding members of community group, Electrify 2515, and works with Rewiring Australia to create electric communities across Australia.

Francis Vierboom
Market Transformation Manager

Francis is a business leader and technologist. He was co-founder and CEO of Propeller Aero, one of Australia’s fastest-growing technology start-ups, from 2014-19, and has worked in technology policy and implementation for many of the largest enterprises and agencies in Australia. He was part of the core volunteer group that launched the Electrify 2515 community campaign in 2022. With the support of Rewiring Australia he’s now helping to lead the electrification pilot to show the world how a cleaner, cheaper energy system will work.

About Saul Griffith

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

Saul Griffith is an engineer and entrepreneur specialising in clean and renewable energy technologies. Saul has founded a dozen technology companies across 20 years in Silicon Valley. Saul is the author of 3 books including `Electrify', and `The Big Switch'. Saul has recently turned his attention from Otherlab, his independent Research and Development lab, to policy work and writing, including founding Rewiring America and Rewiring Australia, non-partisan organizations dedicated to electrification and decarbonization and the associated policy and regulatory implications of meeting our climate goals.

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 has received numerous awards and honours, including National Inventors Hall of Fame National Collegiate Inventors Awards 2001, Time Magazine Top Inventions of 2005, MacArthur Fellows Recipient 2007, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader 2011, Global Australian Advance Award Winner for Advanced Manufacturing 2012, The Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize 2019 and multiple more.

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