Day Three - NextGen Generation Stream

08:30
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
Guiding the transition to lower carbon energy generation to ensure a bright future
  • Defining the goals of the Department’s policies
  • Forecasting future demand for energy across Australia to help inform decision making
  • Examining all possible supply options and creating mechanisms to allow industry to invest appropriately

 

Rob Heferen
Deputy Secretary Energy 
Department of the Environment and Energy

09:30
Creating a clear direction for the development 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

 

Mark Collette
Executive – Energy
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

Luke Menzel
Chief Executive Officer
Energy Efficiency Council

10:45
Morning tea
11:15
Outlining major policy and program initiatives affecting the NSW energy sector in its pursuit of reliable and affordable electricity
  • Outlining major policy and program initiatives affecting the NSW energy sector
  • Adapting to the state’s changing energy landscape and designing a network to cope with inter-regional dynamics
  • Overcoming the challenges of a shift in the energy policy in the most populated state

 

Kylie Hargreaves
Deputy Secretary Resources and Energy 
NSW Department of Industry

FACILITATING EFFICIENT GENERATION INVESTMENT
11:45
Partner presentation - finance
12:05
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

12:50
Networking lunch
BIG SOLAR, SOLAR AND STORAGE – THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS AND ITS ROLE IN THE ENERGY MIX
13:50
The role of big solar and solar PV in the future energy mix

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

14:20
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

14:50
Afternoon tea
PIPELINES AND POWER – THE ROLE OF NATURAL GAS IN THE NEM
15:20
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
Melbourne Energy Institute

15:50
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

Tom Walker
Senior Economist
Australian Energy Market Commission

16:30
Closing remarks from the chair and drawing of the lucky draw prize
16:40
End of NextGen Generation Stream