Gill Owen Essay prize

To celebrate Gill Owen’s contribution to the empowerment of the disadvantaged and her unwavering commitment to improving energy efficiency, emerging voices under the age of 35 are invited to offer their own valuable perspective on the future of energy efficiency and social equity.

Entries close 15th of December 2017

Essays of between 700 and 1,500 words on the theme of energy efficiency and social equity are eligible.

Topics could include:

  • Improving energy efficiency is intrinsically linked to improvements in social equity; or
  • Improving home energy efficiency is a greater help for vulnerable consumers than cash rebate; or
  • Energy efficiency and the “merit order effect” – how saving energy even helps those consumers who don’t save energy; or
  • An alternative topic relevant to the above theme


  • The winning essay will receive a cash prize of $3,000.
  • Two runner-up essays will receive a cash prize of $1,000 each (one for an enrolled student and one for a non-student).
  • In addition to the cash prize, the winning entry will be published online with The Guardian Australia (subject to The Guardian Australia’s normal editorial guidelines).

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