Wednesday 8 June: Re-engineering the Grid Stream

Attend Live or Virtual Event

  • Lyndon Frearson
    Project Director
    Alice Springs Future Grid
  • Usman Saadat
    General Manager Customer and Commercial
    Jemena
  • Cara Graham
    Power & Utilities Partner
    EY Australia
  • John Cleland
    Chief Executive Officer
    Essential Energy
  • Laura Walsh
    Network Planning and Engineering Lead
    Ausnet Services
  • Stephanie Unwin
    Chief Executive Officer
    Horizon Power
07:00
Women in Energy Breakfast

The breakfast features an interactive panel discussion with energy industry trailblazers and dedicated time to network.

This event is free of charge for registered AEW2022 attendees.

08:15
Women in Energy Breakfast concludes
08:30
Welcome Coffee

08:50
Opening remarks from the chair

Mark Paterson
Managing Director, Australia / Lead Systems Architect
Strategen

EXAMINING THE ROLE OF NETWORKS IN SUPPORTING THE ENERGY TRANSITION

09:00
Taking an engineering approach to future proof the grid
  • Network transformation to meet Australia’s National Electricity Market (NEM) to 2050
  • Keeping the lights on while integrating renewables and storage for wholescale electrification
  • Engineering innovation brings about grid transformation

Rod Duke
Chief Executive Officer
Energy Queensland

09:25
Locusview presentation

09:45
Ensuring that renewables do not drive the bus - putting security at the centre of a re-engineered system
  • Remaining clear sighted about the importance of system security
  • Understanding the role of grid forming inverters in supporting energy security as synchronous generators are withdrawn
  • Assessing the additional integration technology (eg transmission and system security services) which renewable energy requires
  • Meeting the challenge of resilience without overbuilding 

Craig Stallan
Executive Manager - Delivery
TransGrid

 

10:10
Delivering an effective transmission system to match supply and demand
  • Developing a roadmap for a socially responsible Victorian network to enable sustainable transition while maintaining energy security, reliability, and affordability
  • Efficiently navigating deeply complex transmission requirements
  • Collaborating with stakeholders to develop practical solutions and foster the social license required

Laura Walsh
Network Planning and Engineering Lead
Ausnet Services

10:35
Morning tea in the expo hall
REMAKING THE GRID AROUND DISTRIBUTED RESOURCES

11:10
Managing the impact of increased demand from EVs
  • Ensuring the EV load is flexible and controllable to complement the new energy system
  • Using existing infrastructure to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles
  • Improving charging infrastructure to overcome ‘range anxiety’
  • Investigating tariff opportunities to support electric vehicle adoption and efficient charging behaviour

John Cleland
Chief Executive Officer
Essential Energy

11:35
What is required for a smooth & fast re-engineering of the grid?
  • The energy transition, transformation and the critical enablers for re-engineering the grid
  • Identifying the factors that will accelerate grid transformation
  • Building the skills to deliver the scale and speed of change required

Cara Graham
Power & Utilities Partner
EY Australia

11:55
Smart Engineering the future of energy transformation
  • ​Opportunities and challenges of distributed resources in the energy ecosystem
  • Embracing Smart Engineering solutions to digitise, automate and accelerate energy transformation
  • R&D studies, design, construction and operational maintenance of renewable energy systems

Parijat "Roy" Roychowdhury
National Energy Executive Lead -Smart Industry, Data Analytics & AI Solutions
Modis

12:15
Integrating multiple renewable energy sources to create a stable microgrid
  • Transitioning to a modular grid that can connect AND stand alone
  • Intelligent energy management through advanced data and analytics tools
  • Giving remote sites more energy reliability and price control

Stephanie Unwin
Chief Executive Officer
Horizon Power

12:40
Lunch in the expo hall

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AS A KEY TO GRID OPTIMISATION

13:50
Using AI to improve our electricity and gas networks
  • Harvesting useable information from the 500 billion electricity network data points that smart meters provide to understand our customers and our network better
  • Application of big data and AI for to identify efficiency and lost opportunities
  • Making informed predictions on what our future electricity and gas networks will look like and choosing appropriate infrastructure, including preparing our network for hydrogen gas

Usman Saadat
General Manager Customer and Commercial
Jemena

14:15
Modelling networks to enable renewable energy and energy storage in microgrids and isolated systems
  • Advancing the renewable energy transition by adapting existing solutions to a unique environment
  • Modelling the impact of various interventions to enable more efficient, resilient and reliable options to supply clean electricity
  • Testing technology in simulated conditions before deployment to save time and money

Lyndon Frearson
Project Director
Alice Springs Future Grid

MECHANISMS FOR BUILDING SYSTEM STRENGTH TO MITIGATE INTERMITTENT GENERATION

14:40
PANEL DISCUSSION: What are the best ways to use demand response programs to match generation and usage?
  • What fine tuning (or wholescale change) does the Wholesale Demand Response Mechanism (WDRM) need?
  • Which technologies are most critical in delivering grid stability?
  • Is there such a thing as a DR program that is too effective and how close to capacity should networks run?
  • What are the best ways of getting the timing right in DR – predicting and responding to fluctuations in demand and supply?

Moderator:

Rosemary Barnes
Consultant
Pardalote

Panellists:

Stacey Sleeman
Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary
Tomago Aluminium

Terese Milford
Senior Future Technologies Development Engineer
Energex & Ergon Energy

Andrew Mears
Chief Executive Officer
SwitchDin

Scott Ryan
Chief Asset and Operating Officer
Endeavour Energy

15:20
Afternoon tea in the expo hall

15:55
Smart grid solutions with customer participation

Eli Fratkin
Senior Solutions Engineer
Generac Grid Services

16:15
The flexible grid – a demand side transformation
  • Projections for electricity demand and distributed energy resources
  • Implications for electricity networks and the market more broadly
  • Opportunities for increased customer and community value through leveraging flexibility and latent network capacity

Mark Vincent
GM Strategy and Transformation
SA Power Networks

16:40
PANEL DISCUSSION: What are the best ways to combat anti-transmission line sentiment?
  • How does the industry improve the social licence for transmission infrastructure in Australia?
  • What can we learn from the renewables sector in gaining social licence?
  • Are new compensation models needed and what would they look like?

Moderator:

Anh Mai
Acting Deputy Secretary, Energy
Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)

Panellists:

Andrew Dyer
Australian Energy Infrastructure Commissioner
Australian Government

Damien Sanford
General Manager Infrastructure
AusNet Services

Gerard Reilly
General Manager Communications, Customer and Engagement
Powerlink Queensland

Richard Bolt
Principal
Nous Group

Tim Edwards
Managing Director
CutlerMerz

 

17:20
Closing remarks from the Chair
17:25
End of Re-engineering the Grid stream and main conference