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NETWORK MANAGERS’ FORUM (Invite-only)
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3 MARCH 2015
1.30pm to 5.00pm
The forum held on the afternoon before Downstream 2015 brings together New Zealand’s electricity network managers and their teams to discuss important sector issues including:
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4 MARCH 2015
8.00 Registration - Coffee & Tea - Exhibition opens
9.00 Conference opening: Welcome from the Day One MC
James Elliott - Professional MC
9.10 MINISTERIAL ADDRESS
Hon Simon Bridges - Minister of Energy and Resources
9.30 LEADERS’ PANEL DISCUSSION: Shifting focus from large capital projects to delivering consumer value - challenge to the industry
All key energy companies are in the business of delivering value to consumers but how good are they at it? With a great deal of new technology set to ‘revolutionise’ the customer experience, how does the sector justify the net benefit to energy users?
Alison Andrew - Chief Executive, Transpower
Facilitator - Toby Stevenson - Director, Sapere Research Group
In association with GENTRACK
10.30 PRESENTATION: The consumer - perception and reality
Consumer expectations of brands and businesses are continuing to change in a post-digital era. It's easy to assume that competitive and reputational advantage is to be found in better meeting category needs. Murray Streets will argue that brands in a low involvement, low interest category must move beyond generic category needs if they are to stand any chance of forging better reputations. Drawing on revelations from consumer research and trends and using examples from other categories and brands, Murray will issue a series of engaging provocations for the sector.
Murray Streets - Director of Strategy, Saatchi and Saatchi
11.00 Morning break & refreshments
11.30 INTERNATIONAL INSIGHT: Addressing peak demand: the opportunities and risks for low income and vulnerable consumers
Dr. Lynne Chester - Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney
In association with PwC
12.00 PANEL DISCUSSION: Panel reply: New Zealand’s response to addressing energy hardship and peak demand
"25% put up with “unacceptably cold” homes in the past year as they struggle to pay bills"
These are results from a UK survey, how would New Zealand score? With increasing political focus on this issue, what is the New Zealand energy sector doing to address energy hardship.
Dr. Lynne Chester - Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney
Facilitator - Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman, Director, Sustainable Cities
12.50 Lunch Break - sponsored by Landis+Gyr
1.50 USER PROFILE: Large Energy Consumer - Auckland Council
Large energy users will be more aware than most of energy sector issues and opportunities. These organisations implement company wide initiatives designed to better identify and implement energy-saving opportunities.
Michelle Dawson - Principal Corporate Sustainability Advisor, Auckland Council
2.15 10-10-10: Innovation in optimising energy use
This session will feature three short case studies on emerging technology designed to monitor, control and optimise energy (electricity and gas) use.
Scott Noyes - Energy Management Specialist, Schneider Electric & Chairman, EMANZ
2.55 FOUNDATION PARTNER ADDRESS: Demand response - competition for load
The results of the recent Transpower demand response trials are now known. Given that the value of demand response is becoming increasingly transparent to a number of industry participants including lines owners, generators and end users, what will this mean for the ‘load market’ going forward?
Siobhan Procter - Strategy and Investment Manager, Transpower
3.35 Afternoon break & refreshments
4.00 Communities, consultation and consenting
As the latest large scale generation project to be completed, the Mill Creek Wind Project has experienced a challenging journey to commissioning. Chris Jones, the Mill Creek Project Manager, will provide an insight into what was involved. Without doubt, conditions that result in a longer build or complex stakeholder requirements will increase the cost of a project, and ultimately the price of power generated. With little new large-scale generation planned in the immediate future, it is a good time to take stock of the current environment for developing a modern renewable energy project. A lull in activity may be the ideal time to reflect upon the need for practical outcomes from consent conditions.
• How difficult and complex has it been navigating the development, construction and commissioning pathways and what does this mean in terms of effects on project duration and cost?
Chris Jones – Senior Project Manager, Meridian Energy
4.40 PANEL DISCUSSION: Lapsing consents and flattening demand
Peter Armstrong - Electricity Planning Manager, Powerco
Facilitator - Steve Wightman, Managing Consultant, PA Consulting Group
5.30 Summary remarks from the Chair
5.35 New Zealand Downstream Networking Drinks - Sponsored by ABB
7.00 NEW ZEALAND DOWNSTREAM DINNER - Sponsored by Jade Software
5 MARCH 2015
8.00 Registration - Coffee & Tea - Exhibition open
9.00 Welcome back from the Day Two MC
John Hancock - Director, Signature Consulting
9.05 PRESENTATION: Is utility convergence and increased share of wallet worth the journey?
With the purchase of Energy Direct in July 2013, the launch of the new triple service offering (gas, electricity and telecom) in November 2013 and the re-entry into the metropolitan market in 2014, there has been a significant strategic change at Trustpower over the last few years. Chris O’Hara will provide some insight into these decisions and hopefully answer the question, what next?
Chris O'Hara - General Manager Commercial Operations, Trustpower
9.45 PANEL DISCUSSION: The changing retail market and leveling the playing field
Increased competition and new market entrants characterise the energy retail sector currently. This panel discusses the changing retail environment and considers whether these trends will continue.
Murray Dyer - Commercial Director, Simply Energy
Facilitator - Bill Heaps - Managing Director, Strata Consulting
10.35 Morning break & refreshments
11.05 Multi-utility investment challenges
An update from the chairman of the country’s largest utility. Vector is a company in the thick of some of the county’s largest infrastructure challenges – Auckland infrastructure planning; The northern gas pipeline capacity; Smart grids; and, Fibre-to-the-home.
Michael Stiassny - Chairman, Vector
11.40 PANEL DISCUSSION: Finding regulatory balance and efficiency
With a separate economic and market regulator, how does the New Zealand regulatory environment stack up? The cost associated with regulating the sector is borne by all, so are we getting value for money. If there was ever a case for regulatory reform, who will advise whether we have the regulatory balance right?
Mark Berry - Chairman, Commerce Commission
Facilitator - John Hancock, Director, Signature Consulting
12.30 Lunch break - sponsored by Pulse Energy
1.30 PRESENTATION: Changing dynamics in the downstream gas market
The downstream gas market today is experiencing change on a number of fronts, from large user to residential. Merger and acquisition activity, new entrants, technology options, and increased supply options make for an interesting landscape. We take a look at the overall landscape and highlight the key issues facing both gas and electricity retailers, users, and distributors.
Simon Coates - Director, Concept Consulting
2.10 PANEL DISCUSSION: Gas smart metering - future opportunity
Gas smart metering trials have been completed and the industry is contemplating the possibilities around gas tariff differentiation, improved customer service, remote meter reading, technology options and better credit management. There will be teething issues and some opportunities may not be as clear when compared to those for electricity metering, but what are the possibilities and what are the consequences for the customer?
Stuart Dickson - General Manager Gas, Powerco
Facilitator - Jonathan Kay, Director, Lone Wolf Enterprises
3.00 Presentation: A city’s changing energy profile - Auckland
What are Auckland’s current energy use profiles and emerging trends for both electricity and gas?
Brenda Talacek - Group Manager Commercial Relationships - Networks, Vector
3.40 Afternoon break & refreshments
4.00 PANEL DISCUSSION: Large energy user feedback
The industry is frequently told times are changing and that we need to listen to our customers. Energy demand growth is flat, new technologies are becoming more prevalent, so what do large consumer’s want from their energy supplier. Five large energy consumers provide some feedback to the industry about their frustrations with and requirements from the sector.
Alan Eyes - Energy Manager, NZ Steel
Facilitator - John Carnegie, Manager Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, Business NZ
4.50 20:20: Smart homes – the possibilities
By supporting the technology and social changes we need to understand the best way a utility can structure prices and offer services (alongside others in the value chain from suppliers to EECA) to meet (enable) people's real energy needs. Their real energy need is not just kilowatts or who to call for faults. It is what they use energy for; health, comfort, social, material, value and environmental needs.
This may mean changes in the regulatory or business models. For instance if we show we can offer people warmer, healthier homes for longer with lower bills with a different regulatory and business model, why would we not strive to deliver the political, regulatory and commercial environment to make that happen?
Two of our largest energy companies update us on recent smart home trials.
Jamie Silk - Business and Research & Development Manager, Powerco
5.30 Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference