Programme 2018: Strategic Summit Day Two

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Programme -  - Day Two




Registration open and coffee available in the Downstream exhibition



Welcome back from the Day Two Chair

Toby Stevenson - Director, Sapere Research Group



Ministerial address: New policies to support New Zealand's energy future

Hon James Shaw - Minister for Climate Change



Getting the electricity sector to very low emissions by 2050

The Productivity Commission have asked the question of how New Zealand might transition to a very low emission electricity sector by 2050. This work similarly addresses the implications for achieving 100% renewable electricity generation (including geothermal) in a normal hydrological year by 2035. The findings of a study addressing these questions will be announced here and this session will answer the following important questions:

  • What would the generation mix look like?
  • What is the role of consumers in making this transition?
  • What are the potential costs in making this transition?”
  • How is security of supply maintained?
  • What are the regulatory implications of prioritising a very low emissions or the 100% renewable target?

Dr Stephen Batstone – Director, Sapere Research Group
Toby Stevenson – Director, Sapere Research Group



Our energy future – a regional template for a NZ strategy 

The Energy Futures Group is part of the Tapuae Roa / Make Way for Taranaki Economic Development strategy.  They are looking at a number of opportunities to take energy in Taranaki through the transition and leverage off what skills have been developed through oil & gas, including:

  • Energy Centre of Excellence 
  • Developing a testbed for low emission and renewable technologies 
  • Developing a hydrogen ecosystem 
  • Creating a renewables export industry 

Andrew Clennett  CEO, Hiringa Energy

10.10am Morning break & refreshments 


Health and safety for the energy sector  

Health and safety is becoming a priority for the energy sector, reflecting focus from the Energy Safety Team at WorkSafe. As the energy industry continues to grow and develop, health and safety must be at the forefront of this growth.  Wayne Vernon reflects on the journey toward a best practice safe industry and the future aims of WorkSafe within the energy sector. 

Phil Parkes - incoming Chief Operating Officer, Worksafe
Craig Marriott - General Manager High Hazards and Energy Safety, Worksafe



Panel: The opportunity for EVs and the imperative to collaborate

Electric vehicles are rapidly growing in their presence around the country, creating challenges and opportunities for those within the energy sector. Hear from some of those ‘leading the charge’ on current initiatives and future plans to support the uptake of EVs and integrate them into a new energy future. 

  • Looking into the progress from networks on integrating EVs and the Grid
  • Understanding the culture shift from consumers that must take place 
  • Is there a necessity to implement regulation to allow for full optimisation of the ‘EV opportunity’? 

Mark Gilbert – Chairman, Drive Electric
David Freeman-Greene – GM Commercial, Orion Group
Mark Lloyd Senior Accounts Manager, Business Vehicle Solutions, AA
Nick Robilliard – Procurement & Property Manager, Meridian Energy
Steve West – Chief Executive, ChargeNet

Facilitator: Nigel Broomhall – Chief Executive, Chargemaster



Lunch break



Asset management and energy infrastructure investment

This is an area of increasing priority and focus for the Commerce Commission, energy infrastructure investors and large energy consumers.  The Commission will present on their priority areas for the electricity and gas sectors regulated under Part 4 of the Commerce Act. This session will include discussion on how the Commerce Commission is improving its understanding of company performance (particularly asset management capabilities and practices), in an interactive session with questions from delegates submitted both before the conference and during the session.

Paul Mitchell - Chief Adviser, Commerce Commission



Meeting our carbon targets – easy wins, tough asks and big potential

The scale of greenhouse gas reductions that all the main political parties have committed to must necessarily result in a transformation of New Zealand’s energy-using economy – particularly transport, electricity generation, and industrial process heat.  Simon Coates presents the results of a detailed analysis of the implications of trying to meet these targets:

  • What technologies, and what sectors of our energy economy have the greatest potential – and at what cost?
  • What are the barriers to achieving such potential?
  • Where is it going to be hardest to de-carbonise our energy economy? 

Simon Coates – Director, Concept Consulting



New skills and a new breed of energy professional 

It's all very well wanting to modernise and digitise the energy sector but if we don't have the people with the skills and experience to make it happen, we won't get very far.  The Young Energy Professionals Network will present their research on how the main engineering, technology and customer focused disciplines are changing and what new skills are required across networks, distributed energy technologies, energy markets and retail. 

Representative(s) from the Young Energy Professionals Network:

Margie McCrone - Genesis Energy
Daniel Gnoth - Powerco
Jonny Parker - Victoria University of Wellington

3.10pm Afternoon break & refreshments


Keynote address:  CEO Insight – Energy Sector 2030 

The sector needs to acknowledge the huge potential value of our world-class system.   To benefit from both an industry and customer perspective it needs to start thinking more about what needs to change or where we need to be in order to maximise the opportunities.  What will a ‘utility’ look like in 2030, and beyond that, what does the energy ‘system’ look like.  If we take a view of what an ‘optimal’ sector looks like in 2030, what needs to change or happen over the next 12 years to get us there? 

Fraser Whineray – Chief Executive, Mercury
Rob Jamieson - Chief Executive, Orion



Panel:  The future of the energy sector: Innovation, information and industry insight

For our final session, we bring together the leaders from the Strategic Summit, the Technology Conference, the Customer Conference and the Network Manager's Forum to debate the key areas for progress across the energy sector and discuss predictions for the future of the industry. 

  • Unlocking the digital transformation of the industry – the strategies for success and advancement
  • The future energy mix – where should you be directing your investment to make the most of current energy trends
  • Investigating the most pressing challenges within the sector – turning challenge into opportunity

Eric Pellicer – Network Transformation Manager, Powerco & Technology Conference Chair
John Perez  Group Manager Customer Omni-Channel and UX, Genesis & Customer Conference Chair
Toby Stevenson - Director, Sapere Research Group & Strategic Summit Chair
Erik Westergaard - Advisian and Network Manager Forum Chair 

Facilitator: John Hancock - Director, Signature Consulting



Closing remarks



End of conference