Susan Taylor

Clayton Utz
Partner Melbourne

Combining experience as an executive in a major ASX-listed electricity and gas network company, as well as in law firms in Australia, Asia and the US, Susan brings deep experience in regulated energy markets both in Australia and internationally.

Susan’s unique insight and understanding of regulatory frameworks are based on her instrumental role in developing early versions of many of the regulatory instruments that apply to the electricity and gas sectors across Australia and advising policy makers and regulators on a wide range of complex energy regulatory matters over the past 20+ years.

Notable Work
  • Amber Electric: prior to joining Clayton Utz, Susan was recently General Counsel and Company Secretary of Amber Electric. Amber is an innovative technology start-up, empowering its customers to optimise electricity use between the grid and home apparatus including solar, batteries and electric vehicles. in her role, Susan:
    • established Amber as a retail electricity provider, managing successful applications to the AER, ESC and AEMO for registration/ licences;
    • advised and effectively managed successive capital raisings and external business acquisitions;
    • negotiated hedging contracts (ISDA format) and effectively managed clean/green energy obligations/certificates; and
    • established and implemented company policies and corporate governance framework, including the Company’s focus on ESG principles.
  • AusNet Services: as General Counsel and Company Secretary (2008-2016), Susan managed all legal and regulatory matters for the Company. She oversaw all negotiations in which the company was involved to connect major infrastructure projects including wind facilities, solar farms and Victoria’s desalination plant, and played an active role in developing the company's detailed and complex regulated revenue submissions to the AER.
  • Electricity: advised governments, electricity participants and proponents of renewable energy projects on:
    • the creation of wholesale power markets and accompanying governing rules and codes in multiple Australian and international jurisdictions;
    • the establishment of and advice to energy regulatory bodies, including the Essential Services Commission (Victorian energy regulator) and the Singapore Energy Market Authority;
    • a wide range of agreements supporting commercial energy transactions, including power purchase agreements, hedge contracts and connection agreements, including negotiation and drafting of these documents;
    • environmental products and compliance with Australia’s renewable energy requirements;
    • the regulatory prerequisites for owning and operating assets in Australia’s electricity and gas markets, including authorisations and exemptions for embedded network activities.
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