Re-engineering the Grid Stream

Wednesday 26 May

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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!

Adrian Hill
Acting Executive General Manager, Regulation & External Affairs
AusNet Services

Preparing for the grid of the future – designing a blueprint to transform Queensland’s distribution networks
  • Ensuring a safe and reliable intelligent grid
  • Grid scale storage strategies to manage the impact of Minimum System Demand
  • Transforming Fringe of Grid electricity supply – an efficient solution for isolated networks
  • Electricity, data and communications to provide solutions for customers and distribution businesses 
  • Demand & Energy Management programs

Rod Duke
Chief Executive Officer
Energy Queensland

IT Operations managing the re-engineering of the grid

Aleks Mitrovic
Chief Technical Officer

South Australian energy transformation initiatives
  • Stabilising power through the Dalrymple battery and synchronous condensers
  • Mitigating the risk of being islanded when interconnectors are lost
  • Strengthening the grid with stronger interconnection – Project EnergyConnect

Rainer Korte
Group Executive Asset Management

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

Darren Hill
General Manager Commercial & Business Development
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

Batteries’ role in providing grid services – opportunities and challenges

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
BDM LPG Generation Solutions
Origin Energy

Gavin Dufty
Manager Policy and Research
St Vincent de Paul Society

Lucy Moon
Head of Regulation
Energy Networks Australia

Stephanie Bashir
Non-Executive Director
Australian Energy Foundation

Improving network performance with smart technology

James Colbert
Regional Director East Asia & Pacific - Digital Grid
Schneider Electric

Transforming the grid to lead the transition to a clean energy future
  • 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
Moving Tasmania closer to Battery of the Nation (BotN)
  • Analysing the Battery of the Nation’s contribution to Australia’s to a clean energy future
  • How a comprehensive hydropower portfolio response to more interconnection will increase NEM reliability, security and affordability
  • Capitalising on the benefits of synchronous condensers
  • Innovation for the future market – introducing virtual storage

Prajit Parameswa
Commercial Lead, Battery of the Nation
Hydro Tasmania

Update on the role Marinus Link can play in the future grid
  • Providing access to Tasmania’s cost-competitive renewable energy and storage resources
  • Delivering the low cost reliable and clean energy that customers expect
  • Putting downward pressure on wholesale energy prices for all NEM regions

Bess Clark
General Manager of Project Marinus

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?


Gloria Chan
Executive Director - Future Grid
Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC)


Andrew Dillon
Chief Executive Officer
Energy Networks Australia

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