Re-engineering the Grid Stream

Wednesday 17 February


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Registration and welcome coffee

Opening remarks from the chair

Mark Paterson
Chief Strategy Officer & Managing Director, Australia Pacific

Maximising the effectiveness of existing grid infrastructure

KEYNOTE: Grid transformation - opportunities for improvement and innovation
  • Putting energy consumers at the centre of grid reform
  • Adapting the grid to meet the growing challenges of reliability and decentralisation
  • Integration of the electricity and gas markets
  • Accurately gauging the outlay necessary for reform – and who is likely to end up paying!

Nino Ficca
former Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director
AusNet Services

From basket case to market leader: how South Australia is remodelling its grid


The Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan
Minister for Energy and Mining
South Australia Government

Responding to AEMO’s final Integrated System Plan (ISP) from the ‘end of the line’
  • Stabilising power through the Dalrymple battery and synchronous condensers
  • Coping with being islanded when interconnectors are lost
  • Strengthening the grid with Project EnergyConnect - will the net benefits justify the costs?

Steve Masters
Chief Executive Officer

Morning tea in the expo hall
Meeting the challenges of integrating VPPs and DER


Optimising consistency of supply in isolated grids – the Denham solar powered hydrogen plant
  • Accurately calculating hosting capacity
  • Feed in management and DER orchestration
  • Machine learning, predictive analysis
  • Integrating renewables into existing grid structures

Stephanie Unwin
Chief Executive Office
Horizon Power

Working within the existing grid model to allow domestic imports - overcoming challenges of integrating intermittent resources into the grid
  • Structuring hybrid grids to allow for intermittent DER imports
  • Encouraging behavioural demand response
  • Improving the engagement of installers to ensure inverter standard compliance
  • Transitioning to more sophisticated connection options for customers

Bryn Williams
Future Network Strategy Manager
SA Power Networks

CASE STUDY: Integrating distributed assets through the world's largest virtual power plant - South Australia’s 50,000-home program
  • Ensuring that that distributed assets are able to match the service provided by utility scale assets
  • Prioritising customer value in the reforms required to make VPPs and DSOs function
  • Addressing the key impediments for DER assets to participate in the existing energy markets
  • Learnings from the South Australia Home Battery Scheme

Mark Twidell
APAC Director – Energy Products

Networking lunch in the expo hall

Improving network performance with smart technology
PANEL DISCUSSION: Creating a more effective financial structure to enable the future grid – tariff reform
  • What regulation do we change to make a two sided market possible?
  • How can we co-ordinate renewable energy zones to avoid concentrations of DER?
  • How do we resolve equity issues for consumers who cannot participate in DER?
  • What needs to happen to ensure that transition is orderly and timely?
  • How can we build a service regime for exporters that is clearly understood by both sides?


Mark Paterson
Chief Strategy Officer & Managing Director, Australia Pacific


Simon Camroux
Head of Regulation
SIMEC Energy

Gavin Dufty
Manager Policy and Research
St Vincent de Paul Society

Lucy Moon
Head of Regulation
Energy Networks Australia

Partner presentation
Developing IOT-driven networks to deliver a better user experience
  • Increasing resilience to faults
  • Understanding IOT’s self-healing capabilities
  • Linking service desk and self-service capabilities to log faults proactively
  • Spotting trends early to maintain service levels

Eva Hanly
Executive Manager Strategy, Innovation & Technology

Afternoon tea in the expo hall
Strengthening grid performance through new infrastructure – interconnectors and transmission issues
How the Battery of the Nation will impact on energy storage and firming in the NEM
  • Battery of the Nation - a whole of portfolio response to more interconnection
  • How long / deep duration storage will increase NEM reliability, security and affordability
  • Insights in managing short, medium and long term storages
  • Actively developing deep storage pumped hydro opportunities – project update
  • Synchronous Condensers – a technology already in use in Tasmania

Christopher Gwynne
Project Director – Battery of the Nation
Hydro Tasmania

Partner presentation
PANEL DISCUSSION: Building the physical infrastructure to ensure reliable supply – overcoming the challenges to stability
  • Can we integrate the grid through transmission upgrade projects?
  • Are interconnectors in dispersed locations appropriate in a joined state grid?
  • How do we build system-wide resilience against links being knocked out in crisis situations?
  • What is the impact of the loss of coal-fired power over the next decade?
  • How feasible are the proposed KreangLink, Marinus link, Project EnergyConnect and East-West link?


Tony Callan
Executive Manager Marketing
Delta Electricity


David Edwards
Technical Visionary
Horizon Power

Tony Wood
Energy Program Director
Grattan Institute

Andrew Dillon
Chief Executive Officer
Energy Networks Australia

Closing remarks from the Chair
End of Re-engineering the Grid Stream