Day One - in-depth learning sessions







Registration and morning coffee for all sessions is at 08:30 and sessions will conclude at 17:00. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea provided.

Choose from:

SESSION A: Future-proofing the design of the NEM

Redesigning the National Electricity Market for high penetration PV, wind and storage, including lessons from recent South Australian experience

Designed for technical and strategy managers from networks, regulators and policy makers this session will give all in attendance greater insights into the challenges of continuing to maintain the reliability of the grid, including integrating new technologies into the grid and the role of policy and regulation. With current discussion around this critical issue heightened by recent blackouts in South Australia, the content will focus on both actions and strategies that can be adopted today, while also examining how the grid will continue to evolve.

Key benefits of attending include:

  • Better understand the technical and commercial challenges arising from having increasing levels of distributed generation connected to the grid, including solar PV, wind and storage
  • Analyse the outlook for the rate of adoption of these technologies, looking at various scenarios that could unfold
  • Examine policy and regulatory levers that can be used to ensure this transition is as ‘smooth’ as possible
  • Deconstruct the blackouts in South Australia, assess the role of the grid and increased intermittent resources and identify key lessons learnt
  • Develop a plan to address concerns around grid reliability

Hugh Outhred
Managing Director
Ipen Pty Ltd

SESSION B: Exploring Changing Gas Price, Supply and Demand Dynamics

This in-depth learning session has been tailored for managers, executives and analysts working within fields of policy, regulation, generation, retail and gas distribution who need to understand the quickly evolving demand, supply and price dynamics impacting gas markets in Australia. The session will examine both global and domestic factors, as well as policy and technical limitations and opportunities that are driving uncertainty around the gas outlook. With the continuous development of interrelationships between all of the energy markets, a clear understanding (or lack thereof) the Australian gas markets is now becoming critical.

Key benefits of attending include:

  • Understand the historical price outcomes, including drivers on those prices at the national and regional levels
  • Examine the key assumptions and market developments that will influence gas supply and demand over the next five years
  • Understanding the interactivity between gas and electricity markets
  • The impact of the development of Curtis Island LNG exports on the demand, supply and price
  • Delve into the coal seam gas well development in Queensland
  • Investigation into the international price linkages on the domestic gas and energy prices
  • Understanding the cost components contributing to the gas price and how they could evolved over the last and next decade, including production and transmission costs
  • Get a detailed overview of the broad price, supply and demand trends expected in the coming decade and get insights into how they will impact your organisation

Josh Stabler
Managing Director
Energy Edge

SESSION C: Analysing the Electricity Storage Outlook

Examining the real factors that will drive consumer uptake of electricity storage and identifying what customers will actually pay for.
This value-packed session is designed for managers from all parts of the energy supply chain who are responsible for developing their organisation's strategy, creating policies or regulations for storage. The session will critically analyse the models often used by utilities to create forecasts for the uptake of various storage and other technology offerings and comparing them to what we are actually seeing in consumer behaviour. The focus on the session will be on understanding consumer behaviour.

Key benefits of attending include:

  • Review the latest developments in various storage technologies and customer offerings in Australia and overseas
  • Critically analyse the way in which forecasts are developed for “what customers want”, looking at their strengths and areas for improvement
  • Develop new thinking about how to approach customers with new technologies and offerings
  • Compare these changes in the energy industry with other disruptive technologies in various markets that are now maturing
  • Gain insights into how solar cars and other battery based innovations may impact the way in which the NEM functions

Mike Swanston
Principal, The Customer Advocate
Member, AER Consumer Challenge Panel

SESSION D: Developing Scenarios to Better Understand the Future Energy Mix

Changing technology costs, new policies and financing challenges – developing multiple scenarios for the evolution of the energy generation mix.

There is hot debate around how the energy mix should and will evolve and there is a multitude of complex factors influencing this outlook. This in-depth session is designed for managers from the length of the energy supply chain and public sector, who need to be aware of how the energy mix could evolve out to 2030 to assist with their organisations forward planning and investment decisions.

Key benefits of attending include:

  • Analyse lifecycle costs of various generation technologies to form a basis for analysis
  • Examine the pros and cons of these generations assets in terms of intermittency, grid support, ability to meet peaks etc:
  • Understand the evolving policy environment at a federal and state level and how this will influence investment decisions
  • Get insights into how investors are looking at the market and determine how ‘bankable’ they view various asset options
  • Create a number of scenarios that could evolve over the next decade under the discussed circumstances and examine their implications for the broader sector

Benjamin Ziser

Founder & Managing Director
i.n. Concepts