Our Story - Flow Power

Our story It all started with a single lightbulb moment.

Flow Power empowers Australian businesses to unlock value from the wholesale energy market.  From retailing electricity, to providing the latest technology and expert advice, we partner with businesses to reshape how they manage energy.

In February 2018, Flow Power welcomed a major investor in the business Canadian Pension Fund, OPTrust . Committed to investing heavily in Australian renewables, OPTrust identified Flow Power as an integral player in the Australian energy market. Drawn to its innovative thinking, IP and technology, OPTrust believes that Flow Power holds real promise for the future of Australian businesses and the electricity sector at large.

A story of ideas.

You could say the story of electricity in Australia is a story of clever thinking. It all began in Sydney, back in 1863, when a single electric arc light was assembled on Observatory Hill in celebration of the Prince of Wales’ wedding.

This was Australia’s first lightbulb moment.

Slowly, the light continued to spread, until Australia was completely electrified — clever. Creating a National Energy Market in Australia.

This is what we now call the ‘wholesale energy market’.

But today, the fixed rate model means that traditional retailers block market signals. People are kept in the dark about the effects of supply and demand on the market, and there’s no incentive to change behaviour — even when we need to.

In 2009 a local engineer built a way for businesses to buy wholesale power. It allowed them to buy in a way that suited them and saved them money.

Today, with more control and options, Australia is putting more emphasis than ever on businesses powering their own success.

And now, with Flow Power, you can even buy power for your business direct from the wholesale energy market.

You can choose to manage your own energy, or put an expert in charge.

Today, we’re 100 people across five states

Matthew
van der Linden

CEO

Matthew is Founder and Managing Director of Flow Power and energy management practice Utilacor. His vision is to create better energy retail options and transform the way the Australian industry uses energy. Drawing from his deep knowledge and experience in the deregulated United Kingdom energy market, Matthew became heavily involved in the deregulation process in Australia in 1994. He developed the energy management tool kWatch® Intelligent Controller to address the needs of large customers across the National Electricity Market. 

In 2009, Matthew began the energy retailer formerly known as Progressive Green Energy that became Flow Power in 2017. Flow Power specialises in addressing the needs of commercial and industrial energy users across the National Electricity Market (NEM) – South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales and Queensland. This innovative business works with customers across industries as diverse as cold storage, quarries, agriculture to schools, councils and iconic Australian organisations to leverage wholesale electricity market, improve their energy outcomes and support the creation of a renewable energy future. 

Byron Serjeantson

Chief Operating Officer

Byron Serjeantson has a background in engineering, economics and business, and a wealth of experience in the energy and renewables sectors.

In his 15 years in the industry, he has worked across Australia, the United Kingdom and the Middle East with global engineering firms, Australian renewable developers and Commonwealth Treasury. Byron is former Director of consulting and engineering business Beast Solutions. He joined Flow Power as part of its acquisition of Beast Solutions in 2019. As Chief Operating Officer, Byron leads the engineering divisions in their delivery of energy projects for customers, as well as the growth and development of Flow Power’s renewable portfolio. 

Jonathan Mitchell

General Counsel & Company Secretary

Jonathan Mitchell has an extensive background in energy and resource law and leads Flow Power’s Legal division, and General Council. 

Jonathan Mitchell is an experienced energy and resources lawyer with expertise across major projects, joint ventures, acquisitions and divestments, utilities regulation, commercial contracts, corporate restructuring, electricity and gas supply contracts and carbon advisory. Prior to joining Flow Power in 2019, Jonathan was a Senior Associate at King & Wood Mallesons, specialising in energy, resources and projects. 

Jacob Mahoney

General Manager, Energy Solutions

Jacob Mahoney has been in the energy industry for over 8 years previously working in Energy Consultancy firms specialising in tenders and customised energy management solutions for commercial and industrial clients. 

He has extensive experience in energy consultancy, business development and account management. Jacob is passionate about providing customers with real energy solutions that deliver excellent value to customers, ones that can give them competitive advantage in their energy. His dedication to customers is of the highest level implementing strategies that resulted in retention rates of >90% of Flow Power’s load under management. 

David O’Connor

General Manager Human Resources

David O’Connor commenced consulting with Flow Power in 2012 when there were only a few employees. David built Flow Power’s HR framework to support the extensive expansion into the business it’s become today.

Preceding his appointment as General Manager Human Resources in February 2015. His background includes 20+ years in senior management positions across legal, banking & finance, energy and education sectors. He brings extensive knowledge to Flow Power; day-to-day HR Management and specialises in Industrial Relations and Remuneration & Benefits.  

AUSVEG

Vegetable and Potato industries

AUSVEG is the peak industry body for the Australian vegetable & potato industries and the leading horticultural body representing Australian growers.

They advocate and ensure a high quality service provision. Flow Power is committed to helping their members cut power costs and provide tailored energy strategies for the unique power usage of Australian vegetable growers.

Clean Energy Council

The Clean Energy Council is the peak body for the clean energy industry in Australia.

They are committed to accelerating the transformation of Australia’s energy system to one that is smarter and cleaner.

Primarily to develop and advocate effective policy to accelerate the development and deployment of all clean energy technologies.

CMPA

The Construction Material Processors Association (CMPA)

CMPA is dedicated to the representation and service of its Members in the Victorian Earth Resources Industry.

The CMPA was formed to represent a broad spectrum of those involved in construction material processing businesses. Specifically businesses involved in the extraction, processing or otherwise working in hard rock, gravel, sand, masonry, clay, lime, soil, gypsum or recycling.

Flow Power is a preferred supplier of CMPA and is committed to helping Quarries and construction industry buy better power on the wholesale market.

EUAA

Energy Users Association of Australia

EUAA plays a critical role in helping companies navigate uncertainty in energy markets, participate in driving changes in market rules and the way the network is managed, to ensure better outcomes and reduced costs for energy users.

Flow Power is a voice for large energy users in Australia and it is important they are part of the dialogue to deliver a stable and affordable energy supply for all users.

RWTA

Refrigerated Warehouse and Transport Association of Australia Ltd

Representing Australian businesses involved in the storage, distribution and transportation of temperature controlled products, throughout the Australian Cold Chain.

Flow Power works with a number of cold stores and storage businesses and understands the energy demands of these businesses.

EEC

Energy Efficiency Council

The Energy Efficiency Council is Australia’s peak body for energy efficiency, energy management and demand response.

Flow Power is a corporate member of the Energy Efficiency Council because we need to promote stable government policy, provide clear information to energy users and drive the quality of energy efficiency products and services.