Programme 2017

Announcements for the 2018 event will be made shortly.  In the meantime, here is the programme for the 2017 event.


Downstream 2017 comprised 3 main events spread over 3 days:

To view the full programme for each event, click on the appropriate link or download the full programme below.

2017 Programme Downloads

  Click here to download a copy of the full 2017 Downstream programme including the Strategic Summit and Battery-On-Grid Masterclass
  Click here to download a copy of the 2017 Downstream Network Managers' Forum invite and programme


6 March 2017
6 March 2017
7 March 2017
Summit Day One
8 March 2017
Summit Day Two
Battery-On-Grid Masterclass Network Managers' Forum Main Plenary Industry Roundtables Main Plenary Energy Technology Stream

Programme - Battery-On-Grid Masterclass

Battery storage will revolutionise the New Zealand energy landscape...

Downstream brings you the Battery-On-Grid Masterclass, a dedicated half-day event designed for asset owners, investors, boards, trustees, energy executives, policymakers, regulators and other energy sector stakeholders.  It is designed to deliver the latest information on the progress and potential of battery storage in New Zealand.

In association with the New Zealand & Pacific Solar and Storage Council.

Sponsored by Enphase Energy.



Registration - tea and coffee


Welcome from the Chair

Barbara Elliston - President, NZPSSC


PRESENTATION:  Battery-On-Grid systems update 

A synopsis of the current landscape - who's doing what, where, how much and with whom. 

Steve Blume - Director, Global Solar Council and President, Australian Solar Council


KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:  Enabling scale of storage - the need for an adaptive grid 

Market-level impact of storage requires system-level innovation and an adaptive grid.  Chris will share the technological pieces of the puzzle that will allow storage to scale, and explain how these fit into the New Zealand market context.

Chris McArthur - Strategic Account Manager, New Zealand & Pacific Islands, Enphase Energy


PRESENTATION:  A Chinese manufacturer’s perspective and global outlook

As one of the largest energy storage suppliers worldwide (with over 260MW installed) what we are seeing as major trends in battery storage internationally plus a case study of the Grand Ridge Battery Storage Facility. 

Rachel Shi - Senior Marketing Manager Australia & NZ, BYD & Daisy Shen - Managing Director, Element Energy

10.30am Morning break and refreshments

CASE STUDY:  Alpine Energy battery storage trial – expectations, results, insights and next steps

Learning by doing – Keeping up with technological advances to better understand business risks and opportunities, to evolve business strategies that better match an evolving electricity service offering expected by customers.

Andrew TombsChief Executive, Alpine Energy


PANEL: Perspectives of regulatory hurdles and bottlenecks - what needs to change

The regulatory hurdles and bottlenecks that hinder new players, products and services in the changing electricity service landscape – perspectives followed by Q&A.

Sheridan BroadbentChief Executive, Counties Power
Stephen DrewManager New Zealand, EnerNoc
Jason Woolley - Regulatory Affairs Manager, Meridian Energy

Facilitator – Ewan Gebbie Secretary, NZPSSC


PRESENTATION:  Storage, EVs and charging networks – rounding out the storage picture

Electric vehicle uptake, battery storage and the requirement for charging stations is creating a new market opportunity for the electricity sector - inside the transport sector. 

Jason Franklin - Chief Executive, Powernet


Summary remarks from the Chair and end of Masterclass