INTRODUCTION FROM THE DAY ONE FACILITATOR, TOBY STEVENSON
Energy News and Conferenz have continued to build on the success of Downstream 2012 and have made some refinements for Downstream 2013. The question of how to develop our energy potential and deliver affordable power to all sectors of the community is more of a perpetual quest than a single issue to be dealt with. What changes year by year are the difficulties the industry faces at each fork in the road. Downstream 2013 contemplated:
- The outcome of the 2010 reforms
- The direction and pace of change for transport fuels and, in particular, electric vehicles
- The role of Iwi and partnerships with Iwi in the evolution of the industry
- What the modern electricity consumer offering will look like
- Smart utilities and the blurring lines between retail and distribution
- Future gas supply and transmission options
- Progress with regulation
Day One – March 6, 2013
Welcome from the Day One facilitator – Toby Stevenson
Hon Simon Bridges - Minister of Energy and Resources
Energy sector leaders' panel
A high-level discussion on the subject of the day involving the leaders of the sector.
Vince Hawksworth - TrustPower
Doug Heffernan - Mighty River Power
Albert Brantley - Genesis Energy
Patrick Strange - Transpower
Dennis Barnes - Contact Energy
Simon Mackenzie - Vector
FACILITATOR: Toby Stevenson
Powering New Zealand industry
The industrial sector is the largest user of energy in New Zealand and is quite diverse in terms of its fuel use, geographic location and energy profile. A healthy energy sector in New Zealand relies on a crucial understanding of large industry. This panel takes a look at current issues and challenges:
DISCUSSION PANEL: Simon Linge - NZ Steel; Graeme Everett – Norske Skog; Linda Mulvihill, Fonterra; John Woods – Contact Energy
FACILITATOR: John Carnegie - BusinessNZ
Infrastructure investment and regulation in gas and electricity in New Zealand
PANEL: Michael Cummings - AMP Capital; Sue Begg - Commerce Commission; Nigel Barbour - Powerco; Simon Mackenzie - Vector; John Small – Covec Consultants
FACILITATOR: Greg Houston – NERA Economic Consulting
A year in the news and what to look out for in 2013
A round-up of the key issues in the sector that have evolved over the past 12 months and a near-term outlook including:
Mike Underhill - EECA
Sponsored by Landis+Gyr
Successful maori engagement in the sector
Maori play an important role in the energy sector from community involvement through to ownership stakes in certain projects. This panel discussion looks at successful examples and learnings of Maori engagement in the energy sector.
DISCUSSION PANEL: Russell Gibbs - Nga Hapu o Poutama;
Te Horipo Karaitiana - Federation of Māori Authorities; Paul Blair - BNZ; Mahanga Maru - Te Iti Kahurangi; Aroha Campbell - Tauhaura North No.2 Trust
FACILITATOR: Morris Pita - Shea Pita & Associates
The Electricity Authority's market performance report 2013
Including a review of winter 2012
Dr Bruce Smith, General Manager Market Performance, Electricity Authority
Keynote presentation: The transport fuels sector, winds of change and infrastructure concerns
A snapshot of the downstream fuels market, challenges faced and the massive transformation underway.
Marko Bogoievski - Chief Executive, Infratil
Gas transmission in New Zealand: Platform to facilitate energy market security or key constraint?
New Zealand's energy landscape is evolving and will the operability of the current gas transmission system assist the evolution or will it constrain New Zealand's energy future?
DISCUSSION PANEL: Steve Bielby - GIC; James Whistler - Energy Market Services; Brenda Talacek - Vector; Nick McDougall - OMV; Richard Hale - Hale & Twomey
FACILITATOR: Richard Krogh - Energia
Close and networking drinks
Networking drinks sponsored by Igniter
New Zealand Downstream Gala Dinner
Sponsored by Parsons Brinckerhoff
Day Two – March 7, 2013
Welcome from the Day Two facilitator – Rod Oram
An update on key economic state-of-play indicators for New Zealand and an outsiders view of how the energy sector is currently perceived in the market.
Rod Oram - Business Journalist
International keynote: The challenge and promise of our intelligent utility future
• Emerging opportunities and the drivers for change
• Developing and proving the technology that will allow our customers to play a more active role in how they consume, produce or store energy
• Photovoltaic and electric vehicles integration: meeting the challenge
• Key lessons from pilots/trials
• Reflections on the pathways New Zealand could take
Bob Darwin, Manager Emerging Opportunities, Ergon Energy
Alternative transport fuels - Electricity and more
New Zealand’s reliance on petroleum for its transport fleet contributes over half of the total primary energy consumed per annum. Rising oil prices and carbon emissions concerns have all brought to the surface the question around alternatives.
PANEL: Danusia Wypych - Z Energy; Gareth Wilson - MBIE; John Boys - University of Auckland; Elizabeth Yeaman - EECA; Bob Darwin - Ergon Energy
FACILITATOR: Rod Oram
What tomorrow might bring?
We know the world is always changing, but sometimes it can be hard to see the wood for the trees. Should we care about photovoltaics? What about carbon? Does the US gas industry affect New Zealand?
This session will look at some recent trends and developments across the energy industry – both in New Zealand and internationally – covering upstream, midstream and downstream sectors. Equally importantly, it will look at the commercial implications of these trends – what they might mean for customers, suppliers, investors and policy makers.
David Hunt - Director, Concept Consulting
Electricity leadership panel
Increasingly the evolution of technology and regulation is blurring the lines of responsibility in New Zealand’s disintegrated electricity supply chain. The roles of retailer and distributor are not clearly defined. Is there a collision course between the two emerging and what is the happy future that ensures the optimal adoption of technology and outcome for consumers?
DISCUSSION PANEL: John Rampton - Electricity Authority; Bill Highet - Meridian Energy; Julian Elder - WEL Networks; James Munro - Mercury Energy; Andrew McLeod - Powerco
FACILITATOR: John Hancock - Signature Consulting
Foundation partner address: Can the market continue to deliver security?
The competitive electricity market had its origins in the industry reforms of the 1990s.
By analysing the available data related to the short, medium and long term security and reliability indicators, an assessment of whether the market is delivering too little (or too much) security and reliability for both industry participants and consumers is possible.
By projecting current trends, speculation is possible on the future path for security and reliability, and whether this will meet consumers’ needs.
Kieran Devine - System Operator, Transpower
ELECTRICITY HEDGE MARKET QUINELLA
Discussion Panel One: Hedge market functionality for small and new entrant retailers
While the electricity hedge market grows in liquidity and number of participants, are the benefits largely only being felt by larger gentailers hedging their positions? One of the original desired outcomes of the hedge market was to provide a vehicle for new entrant retailers to enter the market, and for existing retailers to expand their customer base without having to purchase generation. We take a look at:
DISCUSSION PANEL: Tim Street - Electricity Authority; John Schollum - Prime Energy; Rob Foster - King Country Energy; Steve Gawn - ANZ; Mike Roan - Meridian Energy
FACILITATOR: Toby Stevenson
Keynote address: The Brownlee Reforms –an update and assessment
Two and a half years after the passing of the Electricity Industry Act 2010 we update the status of all the recommendations made by the Ministerial Review of Electricity Market Performance.
Brent Layton – Chair of the Electricity Authority and Chair of the Technical Advisory Group that advised Minister Brownlee on the reforms provides his assessment
Panel discussion two: Hedge market functionality for large users
Is the electricity hedge market a useful tool for large users of energy or is it still too complex, too illiquid, and priced out of range? In fact are direct contracts-for-differences still the best way to go. We take a look at the Fletchers example and discuss:
DISCUSSION PANEL: Sara Double - Fletcher; Shaun Hayward - Energy Select; Ashley Wall - Independent Consultant
FACILITATOR: Toby Stevenson
Gas supply outlook 2013
Respected upstream industry commentator John Kidd delivers his annual outlook on New Zealand’s forward gas curve. New technologies are playing an important role globally so we take a look at a New Zealand perspective around deepwater exploration and the big shale play.
John Kidd - Edison Investment Research
Close of New Zealand Downstream 2013