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
Insights into the independent review into the future security of the National Electricity Market

Set to be released in the first half on 2017, this will be one of the first opportunities for industry to engage with the Chief Scientist after the release of the National Electricity Review. With its conclusions expected to shape federal energy policy going forwards, understanding the implications of potential policy changes for industry is paramount.

Alan Finkel
Chief Scientist
Australian Government

09:40
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:

Elysse Morgan
Presenter
The Business

Panellists:
Paul Broad
Chief Executive Officer
Snowy Hydro

Paula Conboy
Chair
Australian Energy Regulator

Rick Francis
Chief Executive Officer
Spark Infrastructure

Ed McManus
Chief Executive Officer
Powershop

Merryn York
Chief Executive
Powerlink

10:30
Morning tea
CREATING ‘BALANCE’ IN WHOLESALE ENERGY MARKETS WITH REGULATORY AND COMMERCIAL LEVERS
11:00
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

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
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

 

Jason Waters
Chief Executive Officer
Synergy

12:30
Networking lunch
13:30
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:
Mark Collett 
Executive – Energy
Energy Australia

Tim Nelson
Chief Economist and General Manager Sustainability
AGL Energy

Stephanie Unwin
General Manager Commercial
Synergy

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

MAINTAINING A SECURE AND RELIABLE GRID DURING THE TRANSITION TO A LOWER CARBON ENERGY FUTURE
14:15
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

14:45
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

Ben Wilson
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Gas Networks

Karl Rodrigues
Acting Energy Business Unit Director
CSIRO

15:30
Afternoon tea
EMBRACING INNOVATION AND DISRUPTION TO DRIVE POSITIVE CHANGE
16:00
Room for a new player? Telstra’s role as a new entrant in the energy market

Ben Burge
Executive Director Energy
Telstra

16:30
Building customer-centric utility – how customers will transform the energy market
  • Understanding the consumer expectations and dynamics that are driving change in the energy industry
  • Developing commercial strategies that embrace new technologies, service models and deliver outstanding consumer experiences
  • How EnergyAustralia is ensuring it is at the forefront of an evolving market

 

Kim Clarke
Chief Customer Officer
EnergyAustralia

17:00
Closing remarks from the Chair

Elysse Morgan
Presenter
The Business

17:10
End of Main Conference Day One and Networking Drinks
19:00
Official Event Dinner