Audrey Zibelman to leave AEMO to take new role at Google X

The CEO of the Australian Energy Market Operator, Audrey Zibelman, is to leave the organisation and take up a new position as head of Google X, now known simply as X, and described as a “moonshot” initiative to develop new reliable and affordable clean energy.

The announcement was made on Tuesday, and comes a little over three and a half years after Zibelman took up the role as the head of AEMO, which was under severe pressure at the time after the state-wide blackout in South Australia.

“AEMO is an amazing organisation and what Australia is learning and accomplishing through the energy transformation is critical not only for our nation but is being watched by the rest of the world,” she said.

Her departure was met with messages of regret from many in the industry.

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