Day Three - Digital Disruption and Innovation Stream

07:30
Registration and welcome coffee
08:50
Opening remarks from the chair

Glenn Platt
Research Director, Energy
CSIRO

RE-ENGINEERING THINKING IN INCUMBENT UTILITIES TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NEW MARKET OPPORTUNITIES
09:00
Developing and launching new products and better engaging with innovative ideas
  • Designing products to give customers the control on their consumption
  • Promoting renewable projects to drive positive change in Australia
  • How to encourage innovation by organising hackathons and workshops

 

Ed McManus
Chief Executive Officer
Powershop

09:30
Opportunities for the Australian energy start-ups in a global energy market
  • Presenting the EnergyLab acceleration program and its goal
  • Creating opportunities for Australian innovators internationally
  • How Australian energy companies can work with accelerators, incubators and investors to engage with innovative ideas

 

Piers Grove
Co-Founder and General Manager
EnergyLab

10:00
How can corporates innovate like start-ups?
  • What is making start-ups more innovative than traditional businesses?
  • Identifying the principles of innovation that can be applied to the energy sector
  • Seeing new business models as an opportunity rather that a threat

 

Karen Lawson
Chief Executive Officer
Slingshot

 
10:30
Morning tea
THINKING INNOVATIVELY TO ENGAGE WITH THE EVOLVING ENERGY CONSUMER
11:00
Adapting to a new generation of customers
  • Are energy customers different today? Examining how consumers are evolving
  • Opportunities for utilities to deliver innovative service offerings by thinking outside the box
  • Delivering and executing on these new strategies

 

Barbara-Anne Bensted
Chief Digital Officer
Energy Queensland

11:30
The power of digital in driving better results from existing technologies
  • Utilising digital technology to unlock the value of solar and storage
  • The critical importance of engaging consumers – why the interface is so important
  • Beyond solar and storage – how will consumers engage with their energy usage in the future?

 

Luke Osborne
Chief Operations Officer
Reposit Power

EXAMINING THE POTENTIAL OF STORAGE AS A TRUE DISRUPTOR
12:00
A network’s perspective on the potential of storage
  • Thinking outside the box and looking at innovative ways to support the grid with storage
  • Assessing the potential and limitations of storage in balancing intermittent loads
  • Partnering with the City of Sydney – how TransGrid is looking to power Sydney’s future

 

Andrew Kingsmill
Manager Network Planning
TransGrid

 
12:30
Networking Lunch
13:30
Home energy systems – the enabler of true disruption?
  • Mapping out all the parts of a home energy system and how they interact with both the home and the grid
  • Where home energy system technology is at today and what it could look like in 5 years

 

Emlyn Keane
Chief Executive Officer
EverGen

14:00
Panel discussion: What is the unrealised potential of residential and grid scale storage?
  • How cost efficient can storage get and in what time frame?
  • Does existing grid infrastructure limit the potential of storage? If not, what are the grid implications of high levels of adoption?
  • What role will electric vehicles play in accelerating storage?
  • Where might storage be in 2020, 2025 and 2030?
  • Discussing other limitations to the widespread adoption of storage, including disposal, and resource depletion

 

Panel moderator:

Glenn Platt
Research Director, Energy
CSIRO

Panellists:

Craig Chambers
Executive General Manager, Strategy, Portfolio and Innovation
Energy Queensland

Ben Burge
Executive Director Energy
Telstra

Lara Olsen
Regional Manager Business Development & Policy
Tesla

Luke Osborne
Chief Operations Officer
Reposit Power

14:45
Afternoon tea
ENGAGING WITH NEW CONSUMER TRENDS AND INNOVATIVE IDEAS TO BETTER MEET ENERGY USER EXPECTATIONS
15:15
What will the customer pay for?

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

15:45
Meet the Disruptors – engage with innovative energy start-ups

In this session we will have a number of leading Australian based start-ups give short presentations outlining their businesses ideas, strategies and how they will impact the way in which people use energy. It’s your chance to meet, hear from and question leading innovators.

Facilitator:

Piers Grove
Co-Founder and General Manager
EnergyLab

Are you a disruptor? Contact us on +61 (0)2 9977 0565 to see how you could get involved.

16:10
The power of data to better understand consumer behaviour
  • Showing how data gives insights the energy sector has never had before
  • Highlighting the big trends impacting companies today
  • Integrating these new insights into company strategy

 

Renate Egan
Co-founder and Director
Solar Analytics

 
16:35
Thinking like the new consumer – how emotions are replacing logic when buying new energy products and services
  • Aligning with the surge in consumer interest in new energy storage technologies
  • Determining what actually drives consumer decision – price, marketing, desire?
  • The opportunities for new players responding to consumer wishes that aren’t being met by incumbents

 

Finn Peacock
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Solar Quotes

17:00
Closing remarks from the chair and drawing of the lucky draw prize
17:10
End of Digital, Disruption and Innovation Stream