The federal energy minister is set to virtually rub shoulders with oil and gas executives, while the clean energy sector looks on with disappointment.

Angus Taylor is taking part in an online Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association event on Wednesday to spruik the future of gas in Australia.

He will be discussing the fuel source alongside the heads of Santos, Elgas, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group and APPEA.

Mr Taylor’s plan to expand Australia’s gas industry has ruffled feathers, with environmentalists urging the government to invest in a clean energy path out of the coronavirus recession.

The Smart Energy Council recently held an online summit featuring speakers including former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama and the UK’s Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng.

Smart Energy Council chief John Grimes says the group will keep inviting Mr Taylor to speak at its events.

“It’s disappointing that the Australian energy minister declined the invitation to speak at the online Global Smart Energy Summit when we had leaders and energy ministers from other countries speaking,” he told AAP.

“We hope that one day he will accept our invitation.”