Day Three - Future Grid Stream

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

Hugh Gleeson
Non-Executive Director
Energy Queensland

THE FUTURE GRID – DEVELOPING A STRONG NETWORK FOR AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE
09:00
Ensuring security of supply for all Australians – why security is a whole-supply-system issue and not just a network issue
  • Analysing the multitude of factors contributing to security of supply and why maintaining security of supply today is more challenging than it has been in the past
  • Understanding the role of generation and demand response in maintaining supply
  • Forecasting demand to allow for better forward planning
  • AEMO’s plan to assist in ensuring security of supply going forwards

 

Tony Marxsen
Chairman
Australian Energy Market Operator

09:30
How distribution networks are re-thinking the way in which they will operate in the future
  • Reviewing the current market challenges facing the South West Interconnected Network (SWIN)
  • How Western Power plans to transform its grid over the next decade
  • Integrating distributed generation resources into the grid to provide support services

 

Guy Chalkley
Chief Executive Officer
Western Power

INSIGHTS INTO THE CHANGING FACE OF ENERGY IN QUEENSLAND
10:00
Ministerial Keynote Address: Energy Queensland - one network for more efficiency

The Hon. Mark Bailey MP
Ministry for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply
Queensland Government

10:15
Executing a new strategy for delivering energy in Queensland
  • Examining the new role of Energy Queensland post the merger of Ergon and Energex
  • Delivering on big expectations with a clearly defined strategy – how Energy Queensland will deliver value to consumers
  • Creating opportunities for the development of regional Queensland

 

David Smales
Chief Executive Officer
Energy Queensland

10:45
Morning tea
11:15
Investigating solutions to ensure security of supply for a new energy ecosystem

Gerard Reiter
Executive General Manager, Asset Management
TransGrid

USING INCREASED INTERCONNECTION TO STRENGTHEN SECURITY OF SUPPLY
11:45
Panel discussion: Increased interconnection – saviour of the NEM or next stranded asset?
  • What role can increased interconnection play in improving grid stability and decreasing emissions?
  • With uncertainty around future demand and slow moves away from centralised generation, what is the best strategy for making sound investment decisions?
  • Where are the best locations to increase connection for optimal grid efficiency?

 

Panel moderator: 

Hugh Gleeson
Non-Executive Director
Energy Queensland

Panellists:

Gerard Reiter
Executive General Manager, Asset Management
TransGrid

John Bradley
Chief Executive Officer
Energy Networks Australia

Joe Dong
Head Clean Intelligent Energy Networks
University of Sydney

12:15
Networking lunch
13:15
Understanding the way customers really act – and how this should impact the way utilities engage
  • Predictable irrationality - the missing factor in economic models
  • Insights into how consumers really make decisions when thinking about energy
  • Adapting a strategy in line with consumer’s expected behaviour – not ideal economic behaviour

 

Karen Stenner
Director and Behavioural Economist
concentric.energy

13:45
Planning today for the grid of the tomorrow – the transformation roadmap for networks
  • Mapping out the evolution of the grid from now until 2050, looking at different scenarios that could evolve
  • Utilising the grid to enable the transition to a lower carbon energy system
  • Comparing the CAPEX required in different scenarios and understanding implications for energy users

 

John Bradley
Chief Executive Officer
Energy Networks Australia

INTEGRATING NEW TECHNOLOGIES TO ENHANCE THE GRID AND PROMOTE LOW CARBON ENERGY
14:15
Panel discussion: Integrating new technologies to enhance the grid and promote low carbon energy
  • How can challenges stemming from more large and small scale intermittent generation be overcome?
  • What role can grid scale and residential scale storage play in managing intermittent generation?
  • Defining the biggest technical challenges

 

Panel moderator:

Hugh Gleeson
Non-Executive Director
Energy Queensland

Panellists:

Michael Thomson
Chief Executive Officer
Power and Water

Guy Chalkley
Chief Executive Officer
Western Power

David Stephens
Engineering Lead – Grid Automation
Horizon Power

14:50
Afternoon tea
THINKING LATERALLY – IDENTIFYING SOME OF THE BIG TRENDS THAT COULD DRIVE CHANGES IN THE GRID
15:20
More intelligent and efficient buildings – how will they change the way commercial developments consume energy?
  • Addressing the change in consumption from commercial buildings already happening
  • Will self-sufficient buildings become the norm?
  • Mirvac’s vision for how commercial buildings will engage with the grid

Paul Edwards
Board Director
Mirvac Energy

15:50
Smart cars don’t need smart roads, do smart consumers need a smart grid?
  • What insights can the energy sector get from similar transformations in other industries?
  • How will customer relationships impact the networks and access to DER?
  • How will we develop the “business case” for a smart grid?

 

Anthony Seipolt
Technical Adviser
Australian Energy Regulator

 
16:20
Closing remarks from the chair and drawing of the lucky draw prize
16:30
End of Future Grid Stream