Ener-G Management Group

Ener-G Management Group is an experienced provider of consulting services in the Electrical Power Industry. Our Engineering and Commercial services are specifically tailored for each project and market to assist clients to achieve high performance outcomes. Key clients include Network Service Providers, Private Network Operators, Resource development companies, Renewable energy developers and energy users.

Ken Ash
Ener-G Director

Ken has a broad range of experience in General management and Senior management roles for over 25 years with electricity and gas energy distribution companies in Victoria and Queensland. Ken has undertaken many electrical engineering and asset management functions such as system specification, design, construction, procurement, standards, maintenance and project management for integrated grid networks, and including Isolated diesel/renewable generation sites in northern and western Queensland. Ken has also led large initiatives such as the introduction of mobile substations and mobile generators, and providing standardised maintenance programs across the state.

Ken has managed a renewable energy commercial business unit of Ergon Energy, focusing on off grid hybrid PV/diesel/battery systems, on-grid solar installations, energy efficiency and demand management services, electricity efficiency products for customers and utilities, and renewable energy based consultancy services for government and private industry clients. Ken also had the great fortune to lead the implementation of the innovative Townsville Solar Cities project based on Magnetic Island, involving large scale PV rollout, demand management interventions, and energy conservation initiatives.

Since mid-2010 Ken has been undertaking electrical engineering and strategy assignments, for business, corporate and utility clients on issues around electricity network connections, feasibility studies, new electricity substation asset development, deployment of large scale renewable energy projects, grid connection of renewables, and integration of renewables into micro-grids such as diesel power station grids, and electrical power engineering.

Ken also undertakes the role of Australian National Convenor of CIGRE Panel C6 ( Distribution Systems and Dispersed Generation), which requires leading the direction of the Australian committee, ensuring appropriate interaction with the international study committee, and involvement in the wide range of working groups that are established.


Oscar Cescotto
Ener-G Director

Oscar has over twenty five (25) years of professional experience in the electrical power industry, with a strong background in the development of power solutions for the mining and utility industries.

Oscar has extensive experience in mining installations in WA, SA and QLD, where he has carried out the full range of engineering activities on a wide range of projects during my career, including prefeasibility studies, feasibility reports, detailed design & design supervision, documentation, procurement, construction supervision, commissioning, and handover to the client.

Oscar has worked in the building services consulting area, where he undertook detailed design & documentation of electrical services, communications and data, fire detection and control systems, for a large number of private and government owned infrastructure projects across north Queensland and the pacific, including PNG and the Solomon Islands. Oscar has also undertaken a wide range of electrical engineering roles with private consulting firms servicing government & private clients on project such as Yatala prison development, water treatment plants, schools, health care centres, universities & utilities. While working for Sinclair Night Merz in Adelaide, he moved from complex building services into the high voltage electrical power field, where he undertook the design management of a number of substation development projects, from design through to commissioning for SA Electricity utilities such as Electranet & ETSA Utilities.

In recent years, Oscar has extended his engineering capabilities into Project management, on large power infrastructure projects for utilities such as Electranet and Ergon Energy, and also for large private infrastructure clients who required power upgrades. This has also involved feasibility studies and development of power infrastructure options papers, which has required a focus on business and project management skills so as to develop strategic outcomes for clients, and delivering valued solutions.

Laurie Crowe
Senior Consultant

Laurie has over 30 years of experience in the electric power industry, commencing in 1984 with a 13 year career with North Queensland Electricity Board (NQEB), in the marketing and Customer advisory group working with customers, equipment and service suppliers in the development, implementation and management of innovative energy service products to meet the specialist needs of its customers. Following a short period where Laurie was actively involved in helping develop Retail product and services for the National Electricity Market Laurie moved into the Network Connection group of the business when NQEB transitioned to Ergon Energy. Over this period Laurie gained extensive experience undertaking works associated with network pricing and energy forecasting throughout the state of Queensland. Laurie’s career progressed into a more senior role as Connection Manager and dealing with broad range of Customers (i.e. Xstrata, QCoal, MMG, QLD Ports etc.) by managing and negotiating connection contracts, dealing with regulatory issues for major or large Customers requiring to connect to the National Electricity Grid (NEM) right through until 2011.

Over the last 3 years, Laurie has been consulting to private industry and assisting with specialist advisory services focused on the regulatory environment, energy opportunity evaluations & audits, and design services including contract management services.

Alvan Smith
Senior Consultant

Alvan has over 35 years of experience in the electric power industry, commencing with a 20 year career with Far North Queensland Electricity Board (FNQEB), in the planning, development and operations of isolated and embedded diesel generation power stations throughout Cape York Peninsula and extending out to Mt Isa and the Northern Terrority border. Alvan progressed into management in the role as Network Services Manager for FNQEB, establishing Network Services business units and implementing Service Agreements with transmission authority(s) (Powerlink QLD) including private and public sector Customers (i.e. Cairns Port Authority, QLD Health etc.). FNQEB was merged into Ergon Energy in the late 1990’s, and Alvan moved into a senior/executive operational management role and was part of a restructuring team focusing on defining the business in areas of Customer service delivery, works management and delivery, distribution construction, cost estimating, contract management and retail metering.

Following the formation of Ergon Energy, Alvan was appointed General Manager for the Transmission & Distribution Services group managing and delivering a 5 year generation, transmission & distribution works program of $1.7B. During this period there were significant cyclonic events in Northern QLD, with the worst being Cyclone Larry, where Alvan was recognised by both the Prime Minister (John Howard) & QLD Premier (Peter Beattie) for outstanding leadership during restoration of power. In his later years with Ergon Energy, Alvan managed the largest electricity distribution service delivery business in Australia (over 1,000 staff plus collaborative panel and direct contractors) including establishing Alliance partnerships for Turnkey Contracts, panel Contractors and Substation construction.

For the last 4 years, Alvan’s career has moved into the consultancy field where his role has been assisting major customers with network connection strategies, acting in Owner’s Engineers roles, and Project Director for many significant generation and load connection projects.