Programme 2019: Downstream Technology Conference

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Monday 4 March Tuesday 5 March Wednesday 6 March
Network Managers'
Strategic Summit
Day One
The Downstream
Strategic Summit
Day Two

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Programme - 





Registration and coffee



Welcome from the Chair

John Hancock - Director, Signature Consulting



International keynote: Learning from microgrid applications in Australia  

  • Ausnet’s microgrid trial: contextualising the project to develop a 100% renewable microgrid with a Cloud interface 
  • Utilising microgrid developments to support the network and applications for resilience 
  • Leveraging technology to support the growth of microgrid technology 

Justin Harding Manager Network Innovation, AusNet Services 



Leveraging the cloud to enable next generation utilities

Innovating at speed to deliver great customer experiences is more important than ever before. This session explores how you can leverage cloud technologies as a key enabler of innovating your customer service experience.

Colin BowernHead of Product, Gentrack

10.10am Morning break & refreshments 


The EV opportunity – managing the impacts and harnessing grid opportunities 

If we can get enough EV’s to New Zealand there seems to be the demand for them, but is our infrastructure ready to support them? 

  • The latest research on grid impacts and implications for vehicle-to-grid infrastructure 
  • Developing strategies to minimise peak demand issues in the network 
  • Becoming leaders in the EVolution – supporting collaboration and opportunities to promote EV uptake 

Nicolas Vessiot - Network Transformation Manager, Powerco



Insights: Applying emerging tech to drive the future of energy 

Two thought-provoking presentations highlight practical examples of how new technology is creating solutions to enhance the energy sector. These new technologies have the potential to change the way consumers, market participants and the wider industry think about, deliver and consume energy. 

Power Pilot
New options for industry using IOT communications.  A solution that can be deployed anywhere on the network to deliver metering quality data. 

Rodger Griffiths – GM Assets, Westpower

The arrival of wearable technology
How wearables went from a continuously talked about future innovation to overnight being the most sought after business productivity and performance device.

Verdon Kelliher - Executive Vice President, Vault Intel


Lunch break



“Data is the new oil”? – Delving into the infinite resource of data and its ethical applications  

  • GDPR and its regulatory and legal implications for retailers and lines companies 
  • Developing a shared data platform – overcoming challenges with data protection and current initiatives to provide access to data 
  • Data-enabled decision making: harnessing data to make smarter decisions about investment and future solutions 

Hayley MillerPartner, Kensington Swan



Regulatory support of technology-based market change 

New Zealand’s electricity market design and regulation should promote participation and support technology-based innovation which benefits the customer.  This session will cover some of the key regulatory challenges (and possible solutions) including:   

·         How to balance the short term and the long term 
·         Overcoming inertia in current systems and processes  
·         Picking the speed and timing of developments  

Craig Evans – Manager Retail and Network Markets, Electricity Authority


End of Downstream Technology Conference - All delegates move to the Main Plenary room for 2.40pm session.


Afternoon break & refreshments

All delegates in the Main Plenary room for the last two sessions.



Smarter marketing – The importance of delivering on customer experience through tech application  

How working with platforms like Facebook and Google means you need to be customer centric when designing your online presence. Understanding how emerging tech and AI can be used to deliver CX – what is the impact for your brand and how to create customer centric solutions.  Current applications – what’s possible now that won’t disrupt your existing platforms: integrating tools into your customer strategy.

Steve Dimakis - Group Media Partner, Strategy Media



Warning - Provocative content for those working in an energy business 
The future of energy – gradually and then suddenly 

Rod Snodgrass brings 20 years of telco experience to the energy sector, experiencing the greatest revolution to the industry since the invention of the telephone. With the influx of new technology, an energy revolution is on the horizon, which will have winners and losers. Snodgrass gives insight into what’s ahead, the importance of investing in R&D and aligning your strategy to become a leader in changing tides. 

Rod Snodgrass 



Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference.

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