Programme 2018: Strategic Summit Day One

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Monday 12th March Tuesday 13th March Wednesday 14th  March
Network Managers'
Forum
Strategic Summit
Day One
Industry
Roundtables
NZ Downstream
Gala Dinner
Strategic Summit
Day Two
Downstream
Technology
Conference
Downstream
Customer
Conference

 

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Programme -  - Day One

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

 

8.00am

Registration and coffee in the Downstream exhibition

 

9.00am

Welcome from the Chair

John Hancock - Director, Signature Consulting

 

9.10am

Ministerial Address

Hon Dr Megan Woods - Minister of Energy and Resources

 

9.30am

Opening keynote:  Creating a world-leading energy sector through innovation and data 

Apparently, we (the energy sector) still have our head in the sand and we are not prepared for what is coming at us over the next decade.  Vic will take us through her recipe for creating a world-leading innovative energy sector, responding to this modern customer focused business environment and the priority of democratic access to data.

​​​​Vic Crone - Chief Executive, Callaghan Innovation

 

10.10am

International keynote:  What's really coming at us - the distributed, democratic, flexible energy market

The latest developments from Europe which will materially affect the New Zealand energy sector with a focus on flexibility markets, energy storage trends and the latest behind the meter technologies that are being rolled out to consumers.  Pip will bring these developments to life with case studies that really demonstrate the new models being introduced in Europe. 

Dr. Philippa Hardy – Senior Analyst, Delta-EE 

 
10.50am

Morning break & refreshments 

 

11.20am

Leaders’ panel:  A world of energy opportunity

The New Zealand energy sector is getting bigger and more diverse.  Not only are there more companies but more customers are getting involved.  Global developments are having more of an impact and technology is changing everything.  Complexity and change makes for interesting times, so how do we (as a sector) make the most of this ‘energy opportunity’:

  • Optimising sector structure for customer benefit 
  • Technologies that deliver the best opportunities 
  • Coping with the faster pace of change, increased uncertainty 
  • Preparing for the new whilst improving the existing 
  • The global trends being watched, staying informed 

Nigel Barbour – Chief Executive, Powerco
Neal Barclay – Chief Executive, Meridian Energy
Nikki Davies-Colley – Director/Chair, Northpower
Barbara Elliston - Director, Counties Power
Carl Hansen – Chief Executive, Electricity Authority
Steve O'Connor – Chief Executive, Flick Electric Co.

Facilitator - John Hancock

Diamond Sponsor - Gentrack

  12.30pm

Lunch break

 

1.30pm

Main Plenary

Industry Roundtables

 

1.30pm

International keynote:  Gas in a decarbonised energy future – transforming the industry

There is gathering interest in New Zealand about how hydrogen could play a part in decarbonising the energy supply and potentially transform the gas industry.  In the UK, Dan Sadler is front and centre of some ground-breaking energy initiatives which could help secure our energy future:

  • The H21 Leeds City Gate Project has proved that a conversion of the existing gas grid from natural gas to 100% hydrogen is technically possible.
  • UK Ministers are supporting critical evidence over the next few years.  This evidence may enable a policy decision on converting the gas grid to 100% hydrogen which would require an associated £50bn - £150bn investment.
  • In the UK a hydrogen conversion of the gas grid to decarbonise heat and support decarbonisation of transport and electricity is anticipated to cost in the region of £145bn (NPV Basis) less than an all-electric alternative.

  • The conversion could start across the UK as early as the late 2020s and would be the single biggest contributor to the UK meeting its climate change obligations.

  • Hydrogen gas grid could provide a long term solution to climate change allowing the world to trade clean and/or green energy. This could also represent a great opportunity for New Zealand. 

Dan Sadler - Programme Director (H21),Head of Energy Futures, Northern Gas Networks

Roundtables – Session 1 

  1. Microgrids and their best fringe-of-grid applications
      - BESS for network support at the grid's edge
      - BESS for renewables integration on weak grids
      - Microgrids
      - Microgrid control

    Facilitated by: Owen Lock - Grid Solutions Application Director, S&C Electric Company
    S&C Electric/Electropar 
     

  2. How do we secure our operational technology from cyber attacks in a digital world
    This roundtable session will look to explore and discuss how organisations in the energy sector are positioned to protect their critical infrastructure from cyber-attacks.
    Mike Conboy will facilitate the discussion and will provide some insights on how programmatic security improvement can be applied to assist industry sectors that are undergoing continual business and operational technology transformation.

    Facilitated by:  Mike Conboy - Consultant, Kaon Security
     

 

2.15pm

Emerging technologies:  how can we prepare for the future

There has been much discussion around the looming disruption of the electricity industry due to rapid uptake of emerging energy technologies. This presentation will explore:

  • an overview of Transpower's work on new and emerging technologies, and
  • how these are being used to drive New Zealand's electricity future.

Stephen JayGeneral Manager Grid Development, Transpower
John ClarkeGeneral Manager System Operations and Innovation, Transpower

Roundtables – Session 2 

  1. Microgrids and their best fringe-of-grid applications
      - BESS for network support at the grid's edge
      - BESS for renewables integration on weak grids
      - Microgrids
      - Microgrid control

    Facilitated by: Owen Lock - Grid Solutions Application Director, S&C Electric Company
    S&C Electric/Electropar 
     

  2. How do we secure our operational technology from cyber attacks in a digital world
    This roundtable session will look to explore and discuss how organisations in the energy sector are positioned to protect their critical infrastructure from cyber-attacks.
    Mike Conboy will facilitate the discussion and will provide some insights on how programmatic security improvement can be applied to assist industry sectors that are undergoing continual business and operational technology transformation.

    Facilitated by:  Mike Conboy - Consultant, Kaon Security
     

  3. Opportunities for gas in a decarbonised energy future
    Join our international keynote, Dan Sadler from Northern Gas Networks in the UK, for a roundtable discussion on:
      - What are the opportunities for gas in a decarbonising energy future
      - The future role of gas in electricity generation
      - Industrial and commercial energy opportunities

    Facilitated by: Stuart Dickson - General Manager Gas, Powerco

 

2.55pm

Finding value in the data you have and the data you have coming

We’re all aware of the new data that’s coming (IoTs, smart meters, EVs?), and some of us have even started collecting it. But what’s the value in this data, where can AI improve efficiency, and how can new digital experiences make the most of it?

  • Redefining customer segments
  • Leveraging machine learning to find new value in your data
  • How you integrate customer facing capabilities, like chatbots, to make the most of this data, and fast!

John Ascroft - Chief Innovation Officer, Jade Software

 

3.30pm

Afternoon break & refreshments

 

4.00pm

Panel discussion: Achieving distribution pricing nirvana 

The industry led reform in distribution services pricing is well under way across the sector.  This much needed change not only affects all market participants but also has to keep customer incentives, choices and preferences central to inform pricing decisions.  

  • Progress made to date 
  • The key to successful collaboration and co-ordination 
  • Achieving efficient and fair pricing for everyone 
  • Using pricing to unlock distributed energy technology 
  • Practical next steps and managing the transition 

John Rampton – General Manager Market Design, Electricity Authority
Graeme Peters – Chief Executive, ENA
Jenny Cameron – Chief Executive, ERANZ
Mike Hensen - Senior Economist, NZIER

Facilitator: Simon Coates - Director, Concept Consulting

 

4.50pm

Guest presentation – Data, dinosaurs and a power-ful story

Alex Garkavenko thinks the world could learn a thing or two about smart cities from dinosaurs. At Dexibit, Alex and the team bring insight to the world’s 75,000 museums by using artificial intelligence along with data from across the visitor experience to help museums manage for performance – by understanding what you saw, did, bought, ate, and even what the weather was doing outside. Alex takes a look at how data is helping to predict the future of our history, at the scale of the individual, the institution and the urban, drawing insightful parallels on how big data can brighten the power of New Zealand.

Alex Garkavenko – Head of Product, Dexibit

 

5.30pm

Summary remarks from the Chair

 

5.35pm

New Zealand Downstream Networking Drinks

 

6.30pm

NEW ZEALAND DOWNSTREAM GALA DINNER

 

'Full House' at the Downstream Dinner - We are going all-in this year, which will make the 2018 Downstream Dinner one not to miss.

The 2018 Downstream Dinner will feature a three-course dinner followed by a casino-themed evening of entertainment and networking.  This is the perfect opportunity to meet the high rollers of the energy sector and for those that want to, take on the blackjack and roulette tables (just for fun).

Reserve your place now for what is sure to be a full house.  Corporate tables of ten can be booked.  Book your dinner tickets now on the registration page.