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Mark Paterson

chief Strategy officer, Managing Director of strategen australia/pacific

Mark Paterson is Chief Strategy Officer and Managing Director of the Strategen Australia / Pacific practice based in Australia. Paterson is an influential thought-leader in whole-system grid transformation and has played an integral role in Australia as it navigates to become one of the world’s most deeply decentralized electricity systems. 

Most recently, Paterson served as General Manager of the Consumer Energy division at Horizon Power, a Western Australia utility responsible for providing electricity across the most remote one third of the Australian continent. This is the world’s largest territory served by a single utility, with a landmass 5x larger than California and a total population similar to that of Pasadena. In this role, Paterson helped shape the customer-centric High-DER strategy for Horizon Power’s portfolio of 38 microgrids. He also led the development of an entirely new utility asset class that makes it possible for thousands of very remote customers to receive a full electric utility service without the need for a high-risk, high-cost grid connection.

Prior to that, Paterson led the Electricity Grids & Renewable Energy Integration team at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. There, his multidisciplinary team collaborated with over 200 national stakeholders to co-create an integrated set of transition pathways for Australia’s electricity networks to 2027.  This national process spanned customer, technological, utility business model, rate design and regulatory domains and was supported by extensive techno-economic modelling.  An integrated suite of agreed actions was delivered for navigating the 2017-27 decade and over AU$100bn of economic value was identified through whole-system optimization. 

Paterson draws upon a diverse set of disciplines including systems thinking, strategic foresight, behavioral economics and transition road-mapping to support a whole-systems approach.  Paterson holds a Master of Enterprise from the University of Melbourne and undergrad qualifications in Business and Engineering.  He is a member of the Clean Energy Council’s Distributed Energy Leadership Forum, an Associate Member of the GridWise Architecture Council (US DoE) focused on Transactive Energy Systems and Emeritus Chair of the AS/NZS4755 suite of demand response standards.