Day Three - NextGen Generation Stream

Note: Alan Finkel will now be speaking at 8:20 on the 22nd of June, room to be confirmed
08:00
Registration and welcome coffee
08:50
Opening remarks from the chair

Michael Brear
Executive Director
Melbourne Energy Institute

FUELLING THE ENERGY MIX OUT TO 2030 – CREATING THE FRAMEWORKS TO TRANSITION TO A NEW GENERATION FLEET
09:00
Outlook on the U.S. energy transition
  • Understanding the stakes of energy transition in the United States:  current status and trends
  • Exploring policy and market frameworks that have encouraged investment in renewable energy
  • Implementing strategies for reliably operating the U.S. grid under high penetration wind and solar scenarios: lessons learned and takeaways for Australia

 

Dr. David Mooney
Center Director of the Strategic Energy Analysis Center
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

09:30
Creating a clear direction for the development of Australia's next generation fleet
  • The critical importance of generation supply reliability
  • Why clear market signals and policy direction is critical to ensure an orderly  transition
  • Executing EnergyAustralia's $1.5bn commitment to develop new renewable assets

 

Ross Edwards
General Manager - Trading
EnergyAustralia

10:00
Panel Discussion: Building a better policy framework to balance carbon and energy policy
  • Integrating energy and climate policies after the Paris agreement
  • Discussing the current policies and their viability
  • Enabling the transition to renewables

 

Panel Moderator:

Michael Brear
Executive Director
Melbourne Energy Institute

Panellists:
Matthew Warren

Chief Executive Officer
Australian Energy Council

Stephen Davy
Chief Executive Officer
Hydro Tasmania

Simon Corbell
Renewable Energy Advocate
Victorian Government

10:45
Morning tea
11:15
Assessing opportunities to grow renewable energy in New South Wales
  • How NSW is creating and supporting renewable energy initiatives
  • Assessing market trends and current policies
  • Planning for NSW’s future energy mix

 

Amy Kean
Renewable Energy Advocate
New South Wales Department of Industry

FACILITATING EFFICIENT GENERATION INVESTMENT
11:45
Panel Discussion: How will new large scale generation assets be financed in a time of real uncertainty
  • Are the market mechanisms in place promoting investment in the energy sector?
  • Which generation investments in Australia are ‘bankable’?
  • How are political cycles impacting investment decisions in generation assets and how can this be better managed?

 

Panel Moderator:

Michael Brear
Executive Director
Melbourne Energy Institute

Panellists:
Emma Herd

Chief Executive Officer
Investor Group on Climate Change

Craig Whalen
Executive Director
Infrastructure Capital

David Green
Founding Partner
Lyon Group

 

12:30
Networking lunch
BIG SOLAR, SOLAR AND STORAGE – THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS AND ITS ROLE IN THE ENERGY MIX
13:30
The role of big solar and solar PV in the future energy mix

Ryan Willemsen-Bell
General Manager, Business Energy and Solar
Origin Energy

14:00
Case Study: Large-scale solar with large-scale battery storage projects in Australia
  • How battery storage enables the full potential of solar power in Australia
  • How large-scale storage addresses the challenges from high penetration variable renewables on the grid
  • Lyon’s experience developing large-scale solar with large-scale battery storage in Australia

 

David Green
Founding Partner
Lyon Group

14:30
Afternoon tea
PIPELINES AND POWER – THE ROLE OF NATURAL GAS IN THE NEM
15:00
Gas generation or virtual power-plants - issues, priorities, effects on prices and on investment in capacity
  • How storage batteries could be more efficient than gas power plants in case of outage with the right policy design
  • Guaranteeing  a greener and safer network
  • What is the policy needed to have a reliable virtual power plant?

 

Dylan McConnell
Research Fellow
Climate and Energy College

15:30
Panel Discussion: Pipelines and power – what will be the role of natural gas in the NEM?
  • Insights on the role of gas generation in complementing renewable energy
  • What are the prospects for gas generation despite the volatility of gas prices in Australia?

 

Panel Moderator:

Michael Brear
Director
Melbourne Energy Institute

Panellists:
Kieran Donoghue 

General Manager Policy 
Australian Energy Council

Steve Davies
National Policy Manager 
Australian Pipelines and Gas Association

Simon Camroux
Manager Wholesale Markets Regulation
AGL Energy

16:15
Closing remarks from the chair and drawing of the lucky draw prize
16:40
End of NextGen Generation Stream