Programme 2019: Network Managers' Forum

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Monday 4 March Tuesday 5 March Wednesday 6 March
Network Managers'
Forum
Strategic Summit
Day One
Industry
Roundtables
The Downstream
Dinner
Strategic Summit
Day Two
Downstream
Technology
Conference
Downstream
Customer
Conference

 

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Programme - 

Held during the afternoon of Monday 4 March, before the main 2019 Downstream conference, the forum brings together New Zealand’s network managers and their teams to discuss important sector trends and opportunities.

This event is open to all network staff involved with managing, designing, operating and building New Zealand’s transmission and distribution systems.

This event is free to attend for Network staff attending the main Downstream conference.  There are a limited number of paying registrations available, see Registration page for details.

To register, please click on the REGISTER page link at the top of the page. 

Sponsored by Nexans.

 

1.30pm

Registration - tea and coffee

 

2.00pm

Welcome from the Chair

 

 

2.05pm

Leaders panel: Network management and the human influence
Networks don’t look after themselves and we know a network’s performance is a function of the people who manage it.  This panel will cover the key sector trends that could influence network management, such as:

  • The impact of automation and AI
  • The need for digital skills and experience
  • The importance of diversity and tackling it
  • Training, development and education needs

Jo BirnieGroup Human Resources Manager, Powerco
Paul BlueGeneral Manager Asset Management, WEL Networks
Andrew McLeodChief Executive, Northpower

 

2.45pm

Network Transformation Roadmap
The roadmap is designed to enable electricity distribution network businesses to best prepare for change occurring in electricity use.  Jonathan will provide insight in to the consultation, feedback and progress so far in developing a roadmap designed to support consumers with the adoption of emerging technology, and to support the New Zealand economy with reliable and renewable electricity.

Jonathan Kay – on behalf of the Electricity Networks Association

 

3.15pm      

Pioneering technology and long-life assets

The story of a cable company in provincial New Zealand and the role it played in pioneering the technologies that sees quality medium voltage cables with a life expectancy of over 50 years.

David GriffithsTechnical Manager, Nexans

 

3.30pm

Afternoon tea
 

4.00pm

International insight: Smart Meter Voltage Management solution

The SMVM project conducted in Victoria took a different approach to managing demand during peak events.  It involves lowering voltages quickly across the network and at scale. However, there are some key LV network related technical and customer-facing challenges to overcome.  Find out the technical details behind the system including the network data analytic solution and ultimately how effective the trial has been.

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

 

4.30pm

Investing in the future while not breaking the bank

Electricity demand and distributed generation is likely to increase significantly as New Zealand electrifies large parts of its economy.  What solutions exist to help distribution networks meet increased demand without over-building infrastructure needed to meet the peak demand of the coldest, darkest day of the year? This interactive panel discussion will introduce the latest research from Transpower’s Te Mauri Hiko – Energy Futures with key insights into potential implications for distribution networks.

Stephen Jay – GM Grid Development, Transpower
Andrew Renton – Senior Principal Engineer, Transpower

 

5.00pm

Summary remarks from the Chair

 

5.05pm

Networking drinks and canapes
 

6.00pm

End of Forum