Monday 6 June: Full day in-depth learning sessions

Choose one area to deep-dive and walk away a master of the topic. Please note that apart from Masterclass C, the workshops are NOT available for remote participants, they are in-person only. Masterclass C is ONLY available online, no in-person option at this stage. Choose between:

Masterclass A: Australian Energy industry boot camp


Specifically for professionals new to the energy sector, this workshop will take you through the multiple agencies and major players in the Australian market. If you are still figuring out the difference between DR and DER, this workshop is for you.

08:30 Registration and coffee

09:00 Brief history of Australian energy – why things are the way they are

  • Who’s who of regulatory bodies and how they interact

10:30 Morning tea

11:00 Understanding the elements that will impact current structures as the energy system

  • Overview of technical terms and basic engineering for energy

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Impact of projected hydrogen hubs and renewable energy developments

  • Analysing timelines for these projects to come online and how they will integrate into the current system (or not!)

15:00 Afternoon tea

15:30 Forward planning – the basics of energy analytics and how to use these

17:00 Concludes

Carol Bond
Senior Lecturer, College of Business and Law

Masterclass C: Upgrading NEM design to manage a more decentralised industry


(Please note that this workshop will take place wholly online).

Analysts, traders, transformation managers, research directors, data scientists and policy officers will benefit from this deep dive into the brave new world of decentralised energy with renowned energy commentator, Hugh Outhred.

The Masterclass will explore how these changes are already affecting the NEM via the Engineering Framework, the Integrated System Plan, Renewable Energy Zones and Distributed Energy Resources, such as rooftop PV, batteries, and Virtual Power Producers.

08:30 Registration and coffee

09:00 How are variable renewable energy, reversible storage, and power electronic devices affecting electricity industry design and operation?

10:30 Morning tea

11:00 How will NEM transmission and distribution networks be affected?

12:30 Lunch

13:30 How will NEM operation and security management be affected?

15:00 Afternoon tea

15:30 How will NEM wholesale and retail markets be affected?

17:00 Concludes

Hugh Outhred
Managing Director
Ipen Consulting

Masterclass D: Cost modelling hydrogen and other renewable gases


Lead by the redoubtable Jim Snow, immerse yourself in a full day of hydrogen. This session will examine the fundamentals that need to be understood when adopting hydrogen as an energy source. Analysts and financial planners will benefit from this in-depth investigation of the capex, opex and potential profitability of the emerging hydrogen energy chain.

08:30 Registration and coffee

09:00 Hydrogen and other renewable gases: getting to know the options

  • Introductions and expectations for day
  • Understanding the range and potential uses of the full range of renewable gases – hydrogen, biogases (biomethane), renewable methane
  • Accounting for and correctly costing the economic trade-offs involved, such as the limitations of hydrogen (storage, transporting, locating sizeable plants, utilisation, etc.)
  • Where can renewable gases be produced to gain early wins?
  • Defining the various “colours” of hydrogen – green, blue, etc.
  • Identifying the benefits of specific renewable gas options – by application and end markets

10:30 Morning tea

11:00 Markets and end uses which are accessible for renewable gases – pros and cons

  • Examining the markets for renewable gases and how these can be modelled – hybrid gases, reticulated gases, feedstock, etc
  • Domestic and international markets – but a major focus on domestic market decarbonisation – of electricity, gas and liquid fuels.
  • Looking at the drivers for hydrogen developments – are timelines practical, can the capital be sourced, and plants built?
  • Comparing renewable gases with existing gas markets
  • Where are current investments being made and why?

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Markets and end uses continued

  • Using renewable gases as a storage medium for renewable electricity – case study from South Australia
  • Analysing potential subsidies that may flow into the development of renewable gases
  • The collateral damage – how do you treat sunk investments? How do you keep the lights on and companies in business in the transition?
  • Going all the way: using renewable gases to displace liquid fuels; exploring the massive domestic market; electrification versus renewable liquids

15:00 Afternoon tea

15:30 Commercial analysis and development issues

  • Commercial modelling on the understanding that development is a multi-stage process
  • Critically reading published work related to cost benefits of hydrogen
  • Cost curves over time and their use
  • What are the capital considerations – how will economic “gravity” act on decisions?
  • Ensuring your investment is strategic and properly accounts for production variables
  • Should you focus development work on key cost issues related to scale – and the delivered costs rather than just production costs – will this change the whole focus?
  • How can you achieve cost offsets in the modelling?
  • Your questions answered

17:00 Concludes


Jim Snow
Executive Director
Oakley Greenwood

Rohan Harris
Senior Principal Consultant
Oakley Greenwood

Angus Rich
Principal Consultant
Oakley Greenwood