New ARENA chief executive officer appointed

Darren Miller has been appointed CEO of ARENA

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced the appointment of Darren Miller as its new chief executive officer.

Mr Miller brings with him more than 25 years experience across renewable energy, electricity retail and a range of sectors, previously working as co-founder and CEO of Mojo Power from 2015 until July 2018.

“Mr Miller is a respected leader in the renewable energy and electricity sector with experience working with innovative technology companies, start ups and in investment advisory roles so is ideally placed to lead ARENA as we support Australia’s energy transition,” ARENA chair Martijn Wilder AM said.

“We look forward to working with Mr Miller as ARENA continues to support the transition of the energy sector in the context of local and international economies that are becoming increasingly focused on low emissions energy.”

Mr Wilder also acknowledged the contribution ARENA’s inaugural CEO Ivor Frischknecht made through his six-years at the helm.

“Through his time at ARENA, Ivor shared his entrepreneurial insight and deep understanding of the clean energy sector and how to drive its transformation,” Mr Wilder said.

Having overseen 370 projects that have leveraged $2.8 billion dollars of investment, Mr Frischknecht advised the government he would not be seeking a third term as the CEO of ARENA earlier this year.

Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg said Mr Frischknecht has made a significant contribution to the industry.

“Mr Frischknecht has helped to make ARENA a success by utilising his expertise in energy, innovation and early stage investment,” Mr Frydenberg said.

“Under his guidance, ARENA has developed a clear set of priority investment areas consistent with the Federal Government’s emphasis on affordable and reliable energy.”

Mr Miller will begin his three-year term on August 27, 2018.