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Conference Day One: Tuesday, 22 August, 2017

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM Registration and Morning Tea

9:15 AM - 9:25 AM Opening Remarks from the Chair

9:25 AM - 10:05 AM A Roadmap to Engineering Security of Supply: Evaluating Policy and Regulatory Frameworks

Hon Mark Butler MP, Shadow Minister, Climate Change and Energy
One may argue that policy and regulations are written in the past. To ensure that they continue to drive security of supply, they need to look ahead – at where we need to be, identify the main obstacles and devise a roadmap on how to get there. It needs to account for changing trends in usage , the generational shifts, finite resources and future productivity.
  • Developing regulation and market rules that are fit for purpose – addressing the change in the generation mix
  • Exploring the relationship between energy and emissions policy
  • Collaborating with users, generators, distributors and retailers
  • Addressing the rising prominence of renewables

Hon Mark Butler MP

Shadow Minister
Climate Change and Energy
One may argue that policy and regulations are written in the past. To ensure that they continue to drive security of supply, they need to look ahead – at where we need to be, identify the main obstacles and devise a roadmap on how to get there. It needs to account for changing trends in usage , the generational shifts, finite resources and future productivity.
  • Developing regulation and market rules that are fit for purpose – addressing the change in the generation mix
  • Exploring the relationship between energy and emissions policy
  • Collaborating with users, generators, distributors and retailers
  • Addressing the rising prominence of renewables

Audrey Zibelman

Chief Executive Officer
Australian Energy Market Operator

Rob Murray-Leach

Head of Policy
Energy Efficiency Council

Kieran Donoghue

General Manager Policy and Research
Australian Energy Council

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM Speed Networking

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Morning Tea and Networking

11:45 AM - 12:25 PM Optimizing the Energy Mix: Finding a Balance between Renewable and Non-Renewables to Ensure Network Stability

Paul Graham, Chief Economist – Energy Markets, CSIRO
The session will investigate the importance of finding a balance between renewables and non-renewables to maximize energy security and address the obstacles that stand in the way.
  • Understanding the interdependency between power, gas and renewables
  • Exploring how they can work together to optimize the mix
  • Tapping into non-renewables to secure the stability of the network
  • Addressing policy and regulations

Paul Graham

Chief Economist – Energy Markets
CSIRO

12:25 PM - 1:05 PM Optimizing the Energy Mix: Finding a Balance between Renewable and Non-Renewables to Ensure Network Stability

Caroline Croser-Barlow, Executive Director, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, South Australia
The session will investigate the importance of finding a balance between renewables and non-renewables to maximize energy security and address the obstacles that stand in the way.
  • Understanding the interdependency between power, gas and renewables
  • Exploring how they can work together to optimize the mix
  • Tapping into non-renewables to secure the stability of the network
  • Addressing policy and regulations

Caroline Croser-Barlow

Executive Director, Department of Environment
Water and Natural Resources, South Australia

1:05 PM - 2:05 PM Networking Lunch

2:05 PM - 2:45 PM Leveraging Energy Storage to Improve Competitiveness of the market

Tristan Knowles, Associate Director - Investment Research & State Lead, Clean Energy Finance Corporation
CEFC is currently working on developing a financing project for Australia’s largest grid scale energy storage project, in conjunction with the South
Australia government. This session will explore this cutting edge project and its potential impact on energy stability and competitiveness.
  • Exploring the impact of grid scale storage on network stability
  • Discussing it’s effect on competitiveness
  • Addressing the challenges faced and strategies to overcome them

Tristan Knowles

Associate Director - Investment Research & State Lead
Clean Energy Finance Corporation

2:45 PM - 3:25 PM Energy Users Perspective: Creating a Power Outage Response Strategy to Minimise Damage and Maximise Turnaround

Andrew Richards, CEO, Energy Users, Association of Australia
Sometimes despite our best efforts outages will happen. This session will explore strategies to deal with emergencies and crisis situation. It will also explore swift turnaround strategies.
  • Identify and understand the electrical distribution system layout to be protected
  • Tapping into emergency reserves
  • A roadmap for a quick turnaround


Andrew Richards

CEO, Energy Users
Association of Australia

3:25 PM - 3:55 PM Afternoon Tea and Networking

3:55 PM - 4:35 PM Managing Energy Demands to Reduce Strain of the Networks

Philip Cohn, Business Development & Transactions, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)
This session will explore the role of increasing efficiency of energy usage in homes and industry managing the industry discrepancy of supply and demand.
  • Strategies to improve the efficiency of energy usage through insulation
  • Collaborating with building codes to drive efficiency
  • Challenges and obstacles

Philip Cohn

Business Development & Transactions
Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

4:35 PM - 5:15 PM CASE STUDY: Integrating Energy Storage with Renewable Energy Generation – Genex Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro

Simon Kidston, Executive Director, Genex
This session will explore the Kidston project, leveraging energy storage and renewables.
  • Integration of energy storage with renewable energy generation
  • Pumped hydro – low cost, proven technology
  • Kidston pumped storage project – 1,500 MWh of energy storage integrated with 270 MW solar PV

Simon Kidston

Executive Director
Genex

Champagne roundtables

Table One

5:15 PM - 5:45 PM Forecasting, Data and Modeling to Predict and Prevent Black Outs and Secure Power Gen.

Even with the most innovative technology developments, renewables are still at the mercy of the elements. The appearance of a few clouds, change in wind speed and the temperature dropping a few degrees, all pose a risk to power generation and have the potential of causing outages. This session investigates the critical role of forecasting and modeling in a bid to prevent disruptions and predict the weather.
  • Leveraging data to predict trends in renewable generation and prevent blackouts
  • Forecasting to plan ahead for changes in weather conditions
  • Modelling and simulating the electricity system and plan ahead

Table Two

5:15 PM - 5:45 PM Exploring the Economic of Energy Storage and Evaluating Scalability

This session will look into the cost effectiveness of energy storage and its potential to scale up. It will discuss this in relation to battery storage, specifically lithium ion and molten silica. Batteries have the capability to stabilize the grid especially when working to supplement renewables. However there are many challenges that need to be addressed such as its cost effectiveness and commerciality, impact on grid integration and scalability.
  • Understanding the policy and market barriers
  • Addressing questions of frequency fluctuations
  • Discussing the cost of integration

Table Three

5:15 PM - 5:45 PM New Developments in Wind Technologies: Small Scale and Building Integrated Opportunities

This session explores wind technology in Australia and evaluates the next steps towards scaling.
  • Mitigating risks associated with implementing new wind projects
  • Implementing the most effective technical and long terms data
  • Discussing the 28 Wind monitoring stations
  • Assessing data using sophisticated & innovative methods
  • Supplementing wind power with batteries

Table Four

5:15 PM - 5:45 PM Evaluating the Renewable Energy Target: Where is it at and How to Ensure That it is Achieved on Time

Dissecting the RET for Australia to achieve by 2020 and assessing the current challenges that stand in our way. This session will give an overview of the LRET and the SRET and guide us on where we are currently at and what measures we need to take to get to 20% of electricity supply from renewable energy.
  • Overview of the Climate Change Authority from 2015 year
  • Analyzing the performance and role of the Renewable Energy target set by the Government
  • Examining the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target and achievability for Australian wind resources
  • Delving into frequencies and the scope of future reviews
  • Assessing VIC & SA Government perspectives on the RET and changing policy outlook
  • Investigating the impact of the Finkel Review

5:45 PM - 6:45 PM Networking Drinks

6:45 PM - 6:45 PM Close of Conference Day One