Conference Day Two

Conference Day Two – Tuesday 31 October


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Post-conference learning sessions

08:30 | Welcome coffee

08:50 | Opening remarks from the Chair

Keith Orchison, Director, Coolibah


09:00 | Securing energy supply in the NEM

  • Reflecting on the consequences of the Finkel Review
  • Supporting and implementing recommendations from the review
  • How is the NEM going to overcome the challenges of electricity security, while ensuring affordability

James Chisholm, First Assistant Secretary, Department of the Environment and Energy

09:30 | Shadow Ministerial Address

The Hon. Mark Butler, Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Federal Opposition

10:00 | Finding the ‘sweet spot’ between tariff reform, technology and customer engagement

  • How electricity tariffs can better account for impacts of various technologies
  • Avoiding ‘gold plating’ and protecting the customers
  • The role of regulation in integrating new technologies

Darren Gladman, Director Smart Energy, Clean Energy Council

10:30 | Morning tea

11:00 | Getting out of the policy paralysis in the NEM

  • Addressing the major issues facing the NEM today
  • Evaluating potential scenarios that could unfold as Australia’s transitions to a lower carbon energy mix
  • Creating a regulatory and policy environment that is technology neutral to encourage innovation and least cost investment

Kieran DonoghueDirector, Newgrange Consulting

11:25 | PANEL DISCUSSION: Changing the rules in the NEM to make electricity cheaper, more reliable and greener?

  • Is there a need to change the 30 minutes settlement rule have on the NEM?
  • Should users pay a connection charge to access the grid?
  • Discussing the possibility of a Renewable Energy Target in the NEM

Panel Moderator:

Keith Orchison, Director, Coolibah


Darren Gladman, Director Smart Energy, Clean Energy Council
Simon Camroux, Manager Wholesale Market Regulation, AGL Energy
Tennant Reed, Principal National Adviser Public Policy, Ai Group


12:05 | Integrating renewable energy in New South Wales

Amy Kean, Renewable Energy Advocate, NSW Government

12:30 | Networking lunch

13:30 | Unlocking Australia’s renewable energy future

  • Solutions for a secure, reliable and affordable electricity supply
  • Connecting large-scale renewable generation
  • Renewable energy zones to support the national electricity system

Tony Meehan, Executive Manager Regulation, Transgrid


14:00 | CASE STUDY: Insights into the largest storage battery project in the world

  • How the South Australian government has partnered with Tesla to build a 100 megawatt battery
  • The opportunities created for South Australia
  • Understanding the necessity to stabilize the grid after the recent crisis

Josh Carmichael, Director – Low Carbon Economy Unit, South Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet

14:25 | Battery storage in the South Australia - transformation from a network perspective

  • Overcoming the challenges of integrating battery storage to the grid
  • Insights into the first results after the installation of the battery
  • Understanding the challenges of managing this asset in the long term

Rainer Korte, Executive Manager Asset Management, ElectraNet

14:55 | Afternoon tea

15:25 | How battery storage can supply frequency control ancillary services

Dean Spaccavento, CEO and Co-Founder, Reposit Power

15:50 | CASE STUDY: How can the grid integrate battery storage to improve reliability in remote areas

  • Insights into the 1MW grid energy storage system AusNet Services has been implementing in Victoria
  • Improving reliability for the customers at the end of the network
  • Where can batteries be connected to the network the most efficiently?

Siham Knowles, General Manager Network Engineering, AusNet Services

16:15 | CASE STUDY: The impact of batteries on consumers – analysing the Bruny Island battery trial project

  • Insights into the Bruny Island battery trial project
  • Coordinating batteries to alleviate congestion on Bruny’s undersea power supply cable and to reduce the reliance on costly and polluting diesel generation during peak season
  • Understanding better how customers use electricity when using batteries

Andrew Fraser, Network Innovation Team Leader, TasNetworks

16:40 | Closing remarks from the Chair and drawing of the lucky door prize!

16:50 | End of Day Two and close of conference

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