General Manager, Hepburn Energy/Hepburn Z-Net
Taryn lives in Central Victoria and is the part-time manager of Australia’s first community-owned cooperative wind farm Hepburn Energy, working there for over a decade. The wind farm has pioneered the community energy movement in Australia and has been recognised with national and global awards for its unique approach. Hepburn Energy delivers a range of partnership programs under the collaborative banner of Hepburn Z-NET with their council and community such as solar and battery bulk buy, energy audits, EV bulk buy, EV charging infrastructure, to reach zero-net emissions by 2030. In addition, Taryn works for UNSW on an Australian Research Council funded project ‘Just Climate Transitions in Regional Victoria’, which is focused on how social justice frameworks can stimulate community-led climate transitions. Taryn runs her own small consulting practice which undertakes research and advisory engagement work for the renewables sector and policy and program development. Taryn is a founding director of the Coalition for Community Energy, a director of the Smart Energy Council, a 2017 Winston Churchill Trust Fellow and a 2021 Inductee into the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll.