Energy Networks Australia has welcomed the appointment of three new board members to a newly expanded Australian Energy Regulator (AER).

Mr Dillon congratulated appointees Eric Groom, Justin Oliver and Catriona Lowe, who will join Chair Clare Savage and existing member Jim Cox.

He acknowledged the contribution of former AER Chair, Paula Conboy, and outgoing member, Cristina Cifuentes.

“The expansion of the board from three to five members provided the opportunity for greater breadth of experience among members,” Mr Dillon said.

“The addition of Ms Lowe reflects energy networks’ increasing focus on real customer outcomes. Mr Groom and Mr Oliver are also highly respected in their fields.”

Mr Dillon said the network sector was embracing the significant challenges and opportunities from changing customer needs, with rapid growth in renewable generation as part of the decarbonisation of the electricity and gas sectors.

“Given the transformation underway and the AER’s role in network regulation, it is in the best interests of customers that the board has a diverse set of skills and experiences, including a solid understanding of the issues the sector is facing,” Mr Dillon said.

“Energy Networks look forward to a constructive relationship with the new board to deliver good customer outcomes.”

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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