ARENA CEO and Board update

The Morrison Government has reappointed Mr Darren Miller as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) for a further three years.

Mr Miller has done an exceptional job leading ARENA since his appointment in 2018.

Under Mr Miller’s strong and effective leadership, ARENA has undertaken an increasingly prominent role in energy innovation including support of projects related to storage technologies, electric vehicles, distributed energy and hydrogen.

His reappointment will ensure ARENA continues to benefit from his significant experience and expertise as it works to deliver on priorities under the Morrison Government’s Technology Investment Roadmap.

Mr Miller’s reappointment will commence on 27 August 2021 and run until 26 August 2024.

The Morrison Government has appointed Mr Stephen McIntosh to the ARENA Board for a two-year term. Mr McIntosh is a former Rio Tinto Group Executive with experience in green metals, wind, solar and batteries. He has also worked across hydrogen and carbon capture technologies during his time with the company.

Ms Stephanie Unwin has also been reappointed to the Board for a further two years.

Their appointments will ensure the Board continues to benefit from their significant experience and expertise in renewable energy, technology, commercialisation, business investment and corporate governance.

The ARENA Board sets the investment strategies and priorities, oversees the running of the agency, and approves funding for projects up to $50 million.

I thank departing Board member Mr Dougal McOmish for his service to the Board, to ARENA and to Australia’s renewable energy sector.

I look forward to continuing to work with Mr Miller and the entire ARENA Board to progress the development of new and emerging energy technologies. Bringing a portfolio of technologies to commercial parity with higher emitting alternatives will help reduce emissions while protecting industries and jobs, and creating new ones.


ARENA was established in 2012 to improve the competitiveness of renewable energy technologies in Australia. Since then, ARENA has supported 586 projects with $1.7 billion in grant funding, unlocking $6.92 billion of total investment in renewable energy. Through the 2020-21 Budget, the Government increased ARENA’s funding by $1.6 billion. 

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