Wednesday 12 June - Australia’s Energy Market Outlook (Plenary)

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07:15
Registration and welcome coffee
08:30
Opening remarks from the Chair
8:45
Ministerial address
Strategies for ‘unsticking’ a stalled transition
09:00
Pulling together all elements of the energy puzzle to provide stability and growth
  • Articulating clear direction and real solutions in the operation, design and regulation of the whole market
  • Deploying storage, renewable generation and transmission to best effect
  • Defining the strategies which will move the transition forward

Daniel Westerman
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director
Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)

09:25
FIRESIDE CHAT: Addressing the uncertainties and risks in Australia’s decarbonisation plans

Damien Nicks
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
AGL

09:50
CEO PANEL: What are the clear, consistent, and long-term policies to build confidence for investors and stakeholders?
  • How effective will the expanded “Capacity Investment Scheme” be in preventing grid instability as coal and gas exit the system?
  • How should the CIS and transmission planning (and delivery) be coordinated? Where does this leave consumers and Distributed Energy Resources?
  • What specific levers need to be pulled to accelerate the transition?
  • How can the low emissions energy infrastructure be delivered with urgency?

Moderator:

Tarandeep Singh Ahuja
Partner
McKinsey & Company

Panellists:

Stephanie Unwin
Chief Executive Officer
Horizon Power

Brett Redman
Chief Executive Officer
Transgrid

Guy Chalkley
Chief Executive Officer
Endeavour Energy

Rik De Buyserie
Chief Executive Officer
ENGIE Australia & New Zealand

10:30
Morning tea in Expo Hall
11:00
Energy market update

McKinsey & Company

(re) Building a stable and forwarding thinking policy and regulatory framework
11:30
Reforming the electricity market to accelerate the transition - perspective of the rule maker and market developer
  • Analysing the results and opportunities from recent strategic reviews, and the pathways forward
  • Finding long term solutions that will enable and support the transition
  • Defining what needs to be done to deliver reliable, secure energy at the best price for consumers

Anna Collyer
Chair
Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC)

11:55
Accelerating new renewable energy and storage developments before closing the existing system
  • Defining the energy production challenge Australia faces to ensure a well-managed clean energy transition
  • Public and private sector roles – policy priorities, mobilising capital, managing the reliability of legacy generation assets, and the importance of dispatchable storage capacity
  • Supporting consumers through the transition with reliable, affordable energy

Mark Collette
Managing Director
EnergyAustralia

12:20
Lunch in Expo Hall
13:20
Efficiently coordinating all aspects of the energy system through the transition
  • Examining how appropriate current regulation frameworks are for the challenge ahead
  • Ensuring that the design and regulation of the whole market remains fit for purpose
  • Directions and solutions that will address and resolve sticking points

Clare Savage
Chair
Australian Energy Regulator (AER)

13:45
Thriving in a world of rising energy demand

David Ryan
Partner
Herbert Smith Freehills

14:15
PANEL DISCUSSION: What does energy regulatory utopia look like?
  • Do current business models stack up anymore; how does the regulatory framework work and not work; what needs to be done to fix it?
  • How do we resolve the tension between institutional investors and household PV?
  • How can we ensure all government agencies are aligned in their transition roadmap?
  • Is the current tripartite regulatory system the largest problem?
  • At what point are the regulators forced to stand aside whilst government bulldozes transmission and generation projects through at any cost?

Moderator:

Mark Paterson
Principal
Energy Catalyst

Panellists:

Justin Oliver
Board Member
Australian Energy Regulator (AER)

Matthew Warren
Principal
Boardroom Energy

Nick Baker
Global Co-Head of Energy
Herbert Smith Freehills

Stephanie McDougall
Executive General Manager of Regulatory
Energy Queensland

14:55
Afternoon tea in Expo Hall
Identifying and implementing the technologies that will get us to net zero
15:25
Using a million willing customers to dial up the velocity of the transition
  • Maintaining a safety net for a “high-wire” walk between energy security and progressing the transition
  • Taking a “big bets, no regrets” approach to the clean energy shift

Jeff Dimery
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Alinta Energy

15:50
Partner presentation (reserved for IBM)
16:20
Focussing on where we need to go and how to get there – the National Reconstruction Fund’s role in the Energy Transition
  • How will the NRF approach the investments in energy transition?
  • What does the NRF see as the key value-add and manufacturing opportunities as they relate to energy?
  • What factors will the NRF take into account when making investment decisions?

Martijn Wilder
Chair
National Reconstruction Fund (NRF)

16:55
PANEL DISCUSSION: What is ‘Plan B’ if current projections and plans fail?
  • How realistic are nuclear or hydrogen energy as backups for an intermittent generation (or is it always going to be gas?)
  • Which energy storage technologies will work best to balance supply and demand?
  • What is the paradigm-shifting tech that could change the whole energy landscape?

Moderator:

Ben Burge
Member of the Team, Telstra Energy
Telstra

Panellists:

Peter Price
Executive General Manager Engineering
Energy Queensland

Zoe von Batenberg
Chief Investment Officer
Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

17:35
Closing remarks from Chair
17:40
End of day one, drinks reception in Expo Hall
18:30
Energy Week Conference Dinner

The official Energy Week dinner is the perfect opportunity to network, unwind and socialise with industry peers during your time in Melbourne. Tickets are $230. Includes drinks and dinner.

Venue: Sovereign Room, MCEC, level 1 (above Eureka Rooms)

Time: 18:30 – 22:30

Dress: As you are!

Bring your AEW24 Name Badge for entry