Conference Day One

Conference Day One – Monday 30 October 2017

 

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Post-conference learning sessions


08:15 | Registration and welcome coffee


08:50 | Opening remarks from the Chair

Luke Reedman, Lead, Energy Transition Pathways, CSIRO


FUTURE PROOFING THE NEM – PREPARING FOR THE NEXT GENERATION


09:00 | Developing an agile mindset to help you innovate

  • Developing the right cultural climate to speed the way for innovation
  • Promoting collaboration inside and outside the company
  • Selecting the right innovation methods, tools and processes to transform your organisation

Megan Fisher, Head of Digital and Innovation, AusNet Services


09:30 | PANEL DISCUSSION: How will new technologies and business models reshape the NEM?

  • What are the major factors that are driving change in the industry and how might they play out?
  • How will digital transformation affect the way the NEM operates?
  • Utilities vs regulators – who will truly shape the future?
  • What will be the consequences for energy users?

Panel Moderator:

Luke Reedman, Lead, Energy Transition Pathways, CSIRO

Panellists:

Megan Fisher, Head of Digital and Innovation, AusNet Services
Peter Tickler, Digital Innovation and Advisory Leader, ERM Power
Craig Chambers, Executive General Manager - Strategy, Portfolio and Innovation, Energy Queensland


FINDING NEW OPPORTUNITIES ARISING FROM TECHNOLOGICAL DISRUPTION


10:15 | How new technologies are impacting the way the grid operates

  • Responding to disruption with innovation to stay ahead of the market
  • Exploiting new technologies to respond better to the demand
  • Revolutionizing consumer service with data analysis

James Seymour, General Manager New Energy, Jemena


10:45 | Morning tea


11:15 | Embracing new technologies and ideas – the view from Powershop

  • The changing NEM, what are the specific challenges for a smaller retailer and renewable generator?
  • How Powershop thinks about deployment of capital of all forms: financial, intellectual and human
  • Understanding the need to put customers first

Ed McManus, Chief Executive Officer, Powershop


11:45 | CASE STUDY: Insights into South-Australia’s first ‘Virtual Power Plant’

  • How AGL has successfully launched the first ‘Virtual Power Plant’ in Australia
  • What were the challenges along the way?
  • Insights into some of the results of the trial to date

Gregory Abramowitz, Manager Market Development, AGL Energy


12:15 | Examining investment models and financing challenges for new energy technologies

  • Overcoming the challenges of policy uncertainty in Australia
  • Securing client’s superannuation funds while making investments in new technologies
  • Facilitating the progression of clean technologies in Australia

Simon Sheik, Founder and Managing Director, Future Super


12:45 | Networking lunch


RESPONDING TO THE NEEDS OF THE ENERGY CONSUMER


13:45 | CASE STUDY: How local customers will benefit from replacing traditional energy companies

  • Understanding the concept behind Energy Locals
  • What’s the market for locally generated electricity?
  • How Energy Locals has managed to keep prices low for their consumers
  • Insights into future projects

Adrian Merrick, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Energy Locals


14:15 | PANEL DISCUSSION: What does the consumer want?

  • What are the factors influencing the consumer’s decision?
  • How are customers comparing different solutions available, including solar, batteries and hybrid systems?
  • Do consumers want the services being offered today?
  • How can utilities innovate to meet these needs?

Panel Moderator:

Luke Reedman, Lead, Energy Transition Pathways, CSIRO

Panellists:

Gavin Dufty, Manager Policy and Research, St Vincent de Paul Society
Ed McManus, Chief Executive Officer, Powershop
Adrian Merrick, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Energy Locals


15:00 | Afternoon tea


15:30 | Roundtable sessions:

Attendees will have the option of attending 3 of the concurrent sessions, which will run for 30 minutes each.

Roundtables are interactively moderated group discussions where delegates get the chance to debate and discover common issues, challenges and solutions.

  •  Understanding the challenges and advantages of peer-to-peer electricity trading

           David Martin, Managing Director, Powerledger

  •  Implications of the gas exports restrictions on the electricity market

           Simon Camroux, Manager Wholesale Market Regulation, AGL Energy

  • Data analytics and consumer insights

          Benjamin Zisser, Founder and Managing Director, IN Concepts

  • Can the grid respond to the growing demand for electric cars?

          Behyad Jafari, Chief Executive Officer, Electric Vehicle Council

  • Demand-response mechanism in the NEM

           Rob Murray-Leach, Head of Policy, Energy Efficiency Council
 


17:00 | Closing remarks from the Chair


17:10 | End of Day One and networking drinks


18:30 | Official event dinner


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