Conference Day Two

Wednesday 24 February 2016

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08:30 | Registration and welcome coffee

08:50 | Opening remarks from the Chair

Jim Snow, Executive Director, Oakley Greenwood

Examining the evolution of new business models that are adapting to the integration of storage

09:00 | KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Preparing for the changing dynamics of the modern electricity business model

  • Operating in a dynamic new environment of prosumers and distributed energy resources and increasing consumer engagement on price and technology
  • Evolution of the design principles for new operating models in the electricity market and the supply and demand drivers for service and technological change
  • Why the shifting business strategy to focus on regional priorities makes sense and how electricity storage will drive this transition
  • How the convergence of localised renewable generation, energy storage, and smart software will change the business model of the future

Frank Tudor, Chief Executive Officer, Horizon Power

09:30 | Evaluating the impact of advancing battery storage and other technologies on energy economics

  • Assessing the economics of storage against existing assets and examining the payback period if adoption proceeds at pace
  • Comparing the key elements that catalysed the solar boom including rising electricity prices and government incentives and how this would resonate for advancing storage adoption
  • Considering the point at which economies of scale will begin to take effect with more production and innovations as cost of production and installation fall

Gerard Reiter, Executive General Manager Asset Management, TransGrid

10:00 | KEYNOTE PANEL: Positing potential changes to business models as distributors, networks and retailers adjust to expansion of storage

  • Debating how far and how quickly utilities will engage to expand and integrate storage
  • How prepared are traditional market and economic structures as storage offerings and options grow?
  • Managing the infrastructure adaptations brought on by integration of storage
  • Developing a business model that allows for flexibility to ensure the optimal level of investment in distributed storage to maximise multi stakeholder benefits

Panel Moderator:
Jim Snow, Executive Director, Oakley Greenwood
Phil Mackey, General Manager Solar and Emerging Businesses, Origin Energy
Frank Tudor, Chief Executive Officer, Horizon Power
Gerard Reiter, Executive General Manager Asset Management, TransGrid

10:40 | Morning tea

11:10 | Developing a clear view of the investment opportunities for battery storage

  • Complexities of the investment case for storage considering technology, market conditions, applications and users
  • Assessing the development and nature of the market, cost-competitiveness, operating risks and regulatory frameworks
  • Creating innovative financial solutions to fund the storage market at different scales and levels of risk
  • Translating the technical case for batteries into a business case that is investable

Zeno Atherton, Associate Director, Corporate and Project Finance, Clean Energy Finance Corporation

11:40 | PANEL DISCUSSION: Examining the economics of storage for multiple stakeholders in the energy chain

  • Assessing the potential of increased storage uptake for reliability, demand response, transmission, flexible generation
  • Increasing the penetration and value of renewables to individuals, network operators and investors
  • Examining the importance and necessity of batteries within isolated renewable energy systems
  • What will be the biggest challenge for suppliers, networks, generators and users?

Panel Moderator:
Jim Snow, Executive Director, Oakley Greenwood
Matthew Warren,
Chief Executive Officer, Energy Supply Association of Australia
John Bradley, Chief Executive Officer, Electricity Networks Association
Gavin Dufty,
Manager Policy and Research, St Vincent de Paul's Society
Daniel De Schutter,
General Manager, Strategy, ARENA

Gauging the commercial prospects and opportunities for community level storage systems

12:20 | CASE STUDY: Energy storage for commercial renewable integration - pursuing the installation of the first large scale non-hydro energy storage asset in the South Australian transmission network

The ESCRI project will be the first time that utility scale non-hydro storage has been assessed across all of these elements in Australia. The project will provide a business case that determines if energy storage is a commercial prospect for integrating intermittent renewable energy into the electricity grid.

  • Supporting the National Electricity Market with frequency control services and black-start capability for fossil power stations
  • Opportunities for optimising power generation in South Australia
  • Providing value to the transmission network through peak load management and/or deferral of potential transmission capital upgrades

Rainer Korte, Executive Manager Asset Management, Electranet

12:50 | Networking lunch

13:50 | Assessing the cost and reliability of deploying a high penetration hybrid renewable system in remote locations

  • Installing wind and solar PV generation with storage, to enable high penetration of renewable energy and demand management flexibility
  • Demonstrating an advanced renewable solution for small off-grid communities with multi stakeholder engagement
  • Reducing the reliance of the both King Island and Flinders Island community on expensive, shipped-in diesel with deployments of alternative hybrid systems
  • The relevance of storage technology in enabling reliable and cost efficient off grid systems

Simon Gamble, Manager, Hybrid Off-Grid Solutions, Hydro Tasmania

14:20 | Leveraging the opportunities of an intelligent grid and distributed renewable energy generation for regional Australia

  • Transforming the electricity grid from a largely centralised generation and supply driven development model to a highly decentralised customer focused model
  • Adapting the opportunities offered by distributed generation to fuel regional viability and profitability
  • Allowing more environmentally friendly technologies to be adopted for a smart energy future

Vassilios Agelidis, Director, Australian Energy Research Institute

14:50 | Afternoon tea

Defining the transformation of the energy consumer and implications for service delivery

15:20 | Enabling the integration of storage as an option for consumers for affordability and energy efficiency

  • Considering why consumers will adopt storage – cost vs non-dependency on grid
  • Reviewing the movements in electricity policy and prices and the impact on vulnerable consumers
  • Understanding the role of storage and other emerging systems in enabling access, value and engagement for consumers

Gavin Dufty, Manager Policy and Research, St Vincent de Paul’s Society

Technological innovation spotlight

15:50 | Developing low-cost, long-life battery technologies that can be installed on the electricity grid for resilient and reliable energy supply

  • Comparing the pros and cons for Lithium-ion and lead acid batteries for stationary energy storage
  • Surveying the energy storage options are available today for the stationary power market; capacitors, compressed air, pumped hydro, flywheels and rechargeable batteries
  • Comparing the differences in technical and economic characteristics of the battery types for different applications

Anthony Vassallo, Delta Electricity Chair for Sustainable Energy Development, University of Sydney

16:20 | Closing remarks from the Chair and drawing of the lucky door prize!

16:30 | End of Day Two and close of conference

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