Day Two - Plenary

08:00
Registration and welcome coffee
08:30
Opening remarks from the chair of the Australian Energy Week advisory panel:

Keith Orchison
Director
Coolibah Pty Ltd

08:35
Opening remarks from the chair

Elysse Morgan
Presenter
The Business

08:40
Opening Ministerial Keynote

The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio MP
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change
Victorian Government

09:00
Using innovative technologies and new business models to drive better outcomes for energy users
  • Why innovation isn’t just about new technology - it’s also about business models and financing
  • Changing business models to fit with the new reality
  • A look at AGL’s strategy for embracing disruption to deliver value

Andy Vesey
Chief Executive Officer
AGL Energy

09:30
CEOs Panel Discussion: Overcoming the real challenges from 2017 – 2020
  • What are the biggest challenges facing Australia’s energy markets between now and 2020?
  • How are businesses throughout the length of the energy supply chain adjusting their strategies to meet new market realities?
  • Identifying the policy priorities – can policy makers help smooth out what could be a turbulent transition?
  • Beyond 2020 - how will the energy market evolve?

 

Panel Moderator:

Tarandeep Singh
Partner
McKinsey & Company

Panellists:

Paula Conboy
Chair
Australian Energy Regulator

Rick Francis
Chief Executive Officer
Spark Infrastructure

Ed McManus
Chief Executive Officer
Powershop

Merryn York
Chief Executive
Powerlink

10:20
Morning tea
CREATING ‘BALANCE’ IN WHOLESALE ENERGY MARKETS WITH REGULATORY AND COMMERCIAL LEVERS
11:00
The role of the snowy hydro scheme in the electricity market and the impact of the proposed storage capacity expansion

Gordon Wymer
Chief Financial Officer
Snowy Hydro

11:30
Are market mechanisms adequate to facilitate an orderly transition to a lower carbon energy system?
  • Understanding the challenge faced by policy makers as the energy sector decarbonises
  • Developing robust policy for a period of rapid change
  • Defining clear objectives for energy and carbon policy in Australia

 

Anne Pearson
Chief Executive
Australian Energy Market Commission

12:00
LOCAL ENERGY – GLOBAL REACH

Warwick King
Chief Executive Officer
APLNG

12:20
Panel discussion: How can the transition to a lower carbon generation fleet be smoothed?
  • Can policy alone facilitate a smooth transition and what role does industry need to pay?
  • What will be the key ‘crunch’ points during the transition?
  • How much will the willingness of investors to invest in certain technologies impact outcomes?
  • The energy mix in 2025 – what might it look like?

 

Panel Moderator:
Elysse Morgan
Presenter
The Business

Panellists:

Geoff Culbert
President & Chief Executive
GE Australia

Ross Edwards
General Manager - Trading
EnergyAustralia

Stephanie Unwin
General Manager Commercial
Synergy

Clare Savage
Executive Director Policy, Energy and Climate Change
Business Council of Australia

13:00
Networking lunch
MAINTAINING A SECURE AND RELIABLE GRID DURING THE TRANSITION TO A LOWER CARBON ENERGY FUTURE
14:00
Turning disadvantage to advantage – how Horizon Power is leading the world in developing microgrids
  • Overcoming the obstacles created by small, isolated systems
  • Identifying the key factors putting pressure on the traditional utility business model
  • Examining the role of solar and storage in enhancing grids through regional Australia
  • What does the future look like for Horizon Power?

Frank Tudor
Managing Director
Horizon Power

14:30
Panel discussion: How will the grid continue to underpin a stable and secure energy system?
  • How is the role of the grid changing and how will this evolve over the coming decades?
  • What are the key threats to grid security and reliability?
  • Policy and regulation - are they enough to ensure grid reliability during the transition to lower carbon energy sources?
  • How can the entire energy supply chain collaborate more closely to meet the shared goal of reliability and security?

 

Panel Moderator:

Elysse Morgan
Presenter
The Business

Panellists:
Frank Tudor

Managing Director
Horizon Power

Craig de Laine
General Manager – Strategy and Regulation
Australian Gas Network

Karl Rodrigues
Acting Energy Business Unit Director
CSIRO

Alex Wonhas
Managing Director, Energy & Resources
Aurecon

15:15
Outside the NEM – Considerations for an isolated system
  • The changing face of generation in Western Australia
  • Insights into the future of solar and storage in WA including the Alkimos Beach energy storage trial
  • Overcoming the unique challenges facing Synergy

Stephanie Unwin
General Manager Commercial
Synergy

15:45
Afternoon tea
EMBRACING INNOVATION AND DISRUPTION TO DRIVE POSITIVE CHANGE
16:15
Room for a new player? Telstra’s role as a new entrant in the energy market

Ben Burge
Executive Director Energy
Telstra

16:45
TRANSFORMING THE ENERGY VALUE CHAIN

Andrew Walters
Analytics Services Lead
Hitachi Data Systems

17:15
Closing remarks from the Chair

Elysse Morgan
Presenter
The Business

17:20
End of Main Conference Day One and Networking Drinks
19:00
Official Event Dinner