In 2011, Nicky Ison and Jarra Hicks formed the Community Power Agency – a social enterprise to support the development of a vibrant community energy sector in Australia. She is also the founder and coordinator of the Coalition for Community Energy, which is working to address barriers to the development of a broader community energy sector in Australia.
Nicky is an expert in the fields of community energy, renewable energy policy and innovative energy business models. To date, she has worked with and visited more than 50 community energy projects in Australia and Europe.
She is a Senior Research Consultant at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney, and lead author of the ARENA-funded National Community Energy Strategy. Until May 2015, Nicky convened the Board of the Solar Citizens Community Campaign. In 2014, she was recognised in the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence List.