Day Two - Plenary

Tuesday 16 February

in-depth learning sessions   re-engineering the grid   future retail

                                                  C&I energy management   generation 2.0   

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07:15
Registration and welcome coffee

08:30
Opening remarks from the Chair

Elysse Morgan
Host of "The Business"
ABC TV 

Resolving the current crisis in the energy sector and defining future directions
08:45
INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE: Future of energy in the Asia Pacific region
  • How should energy sector leaders respond to Asian market forces as they strategise for the next decade?
  • What are the most disruptive forces shaping the region’s energy sector now and in the next 10 years?
  • How is the region’s energy sector innovating to meet the challenges and opportunities of a rising Asian economy?
  • How will the region’s energy sector drive the energy transition?
  • What is the role of LNG in the growth of energy transition in Asia?

Oliver Tonby
Chairman
McKinsey & Company

09:15
PANEL DISCUSSION: Leadership challenges in a period of transition in the energy market
  • Does strategic alignment influence business robustness?
  • What can be done to ensure continuity and profitability in an era of disruption?
  • Who is creating the flexibility and agility to adapt to new technologies?
  • What is the response of the energy sector to consumer empowerment and environmental objectives?

Moderator:

Tarandeep Singh Ahuja
Partner
McKinsey & Company

Panellists:

Rod Duke
Chief Executive Officer
Energy Queensland

Steve Masters
Chief Executive Officer
ElectraNet

Richard van Breda
Chief Executive Officer
Stanwell

Greg Joiner
Vice President Shell Energy Australia & Chief Executive Officer
ERM Power

Stephanie Unwin
Chief Executive Officer
Horizon Power

09:55
Snowy 2.0 - its critical place in Australia’s transition to a cleaner reliable energy future

Paul Broad
Chief Executive Officer
Snowy Hydro

10:25
Morning tea in the expo hall
Navigating disparate state and federal energy policy

10:55
PANEL DISCUSSION: On the tipping point - Western Australia: evolving WA’s grid to meet the challenges of decentralised generation
  • How can the dangers of uncontrolled input be managed?
  • How should the rollout of smart inverters be paced to ensure rooftop solar doesn’t overburden the power network’s stability?
  • Can batteries be used as storage facilities to balance the system?
  • Are we there yet? Comparing the WA Whole of System Plan and DER road map
  • What are the lessons for the rest of Australia from the WA experience?

Moderator:

Elysse Morgan
host of The Business
ABC TV

Panellists:

Peter Kerr
Executive Manager of Growth
Western Power

Alex Wonhas
Chief System Design and Engineering Officer
Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)

Jason Waters
Chief Executive Officer
Synergy

Kate Ryan
Executive Director, Energy Policy WA
Energy Transformation Taskforce

11:35
Ensuring continued innovation and growth in renewable energy in Victoria

The Hon Lily D’Ambrosio
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change & Minister for Solar Homes
Victorian Government

11:55
PANEL DISCUSSION: Increasing the resilience of the grid and power reliability in the face of climate-linked extreme weather events
  • Future-proofing energy continuity – lessons from the 2019-20 fire crisis
  • Coping with higher temperatures, more heatwaves, and more frequent demand spikes
  • Is the answer building more interconnectors or the modernisation of transmission networks?

Moderator:

Elysse Morgan
host of The Business
ABC TV

Panellists:

Paul Italiano
Chief Executive Officer
Transgrid

Kevin Kehl
Interim Chief Executive
Powerlink

Paul Broad
Chief Executive Officer
Snowy Hydro

Jill Cainey
General Manager Networks
Energy Networks Australia

12:35
Networking lunch in the expo hall
Pushing the boundaries: solutions within the current framework
13:35
Making the grid future ready
  • Integrating large-scale and DER better into the grid
  • Future reform to make the grid more flexible
  • Enabling investment through Renewable Energy Zones

Alex Wonhas
Chief System Design and Engineering Officer
AEMO

14:05
Partner presentation

14:35
Delivering the future energy system: opportunities and challenges for transmission

Paul Italiano
Chief Executive Officer
Transgrid

15:05
Afternoon tea in the expo hall
The role of technology and innovation in securing Australia’s long term energy future
15:35
PANEL DISCUSSION: Are new technologies going to create paradigm shifts in how the energy sector operates?
  • Can new technology solve the problems of the energy sector?
  • Which technologies will be game changers for how the energy sector does business?
  • How important is being agile in a shifting market?

Moderator:

Elysse Morgan
host of The Business
ABC TV

Panellists:

Ben Burge
Member of the Team, Belong
Director, Telstra Energy

David Edwards
Technical Visionary
Horizon Power

Michelle Taylor
Manager, Intelligent Grid New Technology
Energy Queensland

Simon Moorfield
Executive General Manager, Future Business & Technology
AGL Energy

16:15
Using the insights provided by Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to redefine product offerings
  • Understanding the current limitations of implementing AI/ML
  • Moving to proactive rather reactive responses using AI/ML - customer-facing benefits
  • Providing better services at a lower cost
  • Resolving customer requests in the first instance

Simon Moorfield
Executive General Manager, Future Business & Technology
AGL Energy

16:45
PANEL DISCUSSION: Will hydrogen live up to all the hype? Assessing the feasibility of hydrogen as an energy source
  • What could prevent hydrogen from achieving its potential?
  • How accurately can we price production costs?
  • How quickly can it be introduced?
  • What are the traps energy producers and users need to be wary of?

Moderator:

Elysse Morgan
host of The Business
ABC TV

Panellists:

Godart van Gendt
Senior Executive
McKinsey & Company

Vicky Au
Engagement and Strategy Lead | Hydrogen Industry Mission
CSIRO

Scott Nargar
Senior Manager of Future Mobility
Hyundai Australia

Michael Gantois
GM Hydrogen
Fortescue Metals Group

Stephen Quilter
Executive General Manager Energy Trading and Commercial Strategy
Stanwell

17:25
Closing remarks from the Chair

17:30
End of Conference Plenary Day and start of networking drinks
19:00
Official Event Dinner