FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF THE COMMUNITY POWER AGENCY
Dr Jarra Hicks is the Founding Director of the Community Power Agency. With 10 year’s experience in community energy in both Australia and overseas, Jarra’s expertise spans community engagement, business models, facilitation, policy development and partnership building. She has worked as a project manager on the ground, as well as with governments, peak bodies, NGOs and the corporate sector. Jarra recently completed a PhD in Law/ Built Environment from the University of New South Wales. Her thesis analyses the outcomes and impacts from community owned wind energy projects in small regional communities.
From 2014 to 2016 Jarra acted as an advisor to the ACT government in the design and delivery of the Community Engagement and Benefit Sharing component of their Renewable Energy Auctions. In 2017 Jarra co-authored the Victorian Government’s Community Engagement and Benefit Sharing in Renewable Energy Development: A Guide for Applicants to the Victorian Renewable Energy Target Auction and worked with the Clean Energy Council to produce a comprehensive report of current and best-practice community engagement and benefit sharing in the wind industry, titled Enhancing Positive Social Outcomes from Wind Development.