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




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 Distributed Energy & Innovation Manager, AusNet Services 



The digital transformation of the energy sector

  • Developing innovation in the energy sector – how to transform legacy systems and remain agile
  • Harnessing the opportunity of new technology to deliver greater customer benefit
  • Positioning yourself at the forefront of change – upskilling for the future of the industry
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 

Eric PellicerNetwork Transformation Manager, Powerco



Quickfire: Applying emerging tech to drive the future of energy 

Four 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. 


Lunch break



International insight - an innovative approach to managing network demand 

A recent trial has seen network congestion events managed using smart meters without any customer involvement or impact.  A cost-effective smart meter voltage management solution eases pressure on the network in times of peak demand.  Our presenters explain the system and what has been required to get this working, as well as covering off the network and customer benefits of the project. 

Steven Neave – General Manager Electricity Networks, CitiPower | Powercor | United Energy 
Luke Skinner – Head of Digital-Network, CitiPower | Powercor | United Energy



“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


Afternoon break & refreshments

All delegates move to the Main Plenary room for the last two sessions.



International insight – meeting community expectations as an energy sector 

How do we ensure that we ‘collectively’ as a sector are doing right by our communities, especially in the world of ‘new energy’?  Nevenka was the initiator and a driving force behind The Energy Charter, an innovative whole-of-sector initiative that brought together energy industry CEOs from across the supply chain to develop a common vision and set of commitments for the industry so as to deliver better outcomes for all. 

Nevenka Codevelle – Chair of The Energy Charter & Group Executive Governance, Risk & Legal, APA Group



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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