By Giles Parkinson on 13 July 2017
For a significant part of his career, as head of EnergyAustralia, Richard McIndoe’s primary role was to protect his company’s major asset – the Yallourn brown coal generator – against the threat of early closure. It made him a fierce critic of the proposed carbon price and other policies.
Now, in a new role that embraces disruption rather than resisting it, McIndoe is promoting technology that could help Australia to safely close, not just the Hazelwood generator, but the Yallourn coal-fired generator he fought so hard to defend.
Like other coal industry veterans such as Hazelwood’s former boss Tony Concannon (now at Reach Solar) and EA’s Adrian Merrick (founder of Energy Locals), McIndoe has leaped the fence from dirty brown to shiny green (although it should be noted he is a former chair of the Clean Energy Council).