Programme 2019: Strategic Summit Day One

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Day One
Industry
Roundtables
The
Downstream
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Technology
Conference
Downstream
Customer
Conference

 

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Programme -  - Day One

 

 

8.00am

Registration and coffee in the Downstream exhibition

 

9.00am

Welcome from the Chair

Mike Underhill - Director, Electra & Network Waitaki

 

9.10am

Opening keynote: Preparing for the future world of energy

The UK Energy Systems Catapult is supporting British innovators to unleash opportunities from the global energy transition. They will share their insights on the needs of the future energy system and how to help innovators overcome the challenges of the future world of energy.

  • Systems engineering and integration to take a whole-of-systems approach to energy transformation challenges 
  • Exploring new commercial models to exploit the opportunities of energy system transformation 
  • Horizon scanning across the energy landscape for new developments and assessing their impact on the future energy system

Paul Jordan - Business Leader, Innovator Support & International, UK Energy Systems Catapult

 

10.00am

The analysts’ perspective: Trends, developments and the way forward for the new energy future

Leonard Quong gives insight into the changing global dynamics that are impacting the future energy system with the latest trends to keep you up to date with a forward-thinking energy strategy. 

  • Global trends in decarbonisation – international policy, practice and new developments 
  • Creating flexibility into our energy system – managing high levels of renewable energy with improvements in battery and storage 
  • Enabling customer-centric strategy to support the decentralisation of the energy system

Leonard Quong - Head of Economics & Policy - Asia Pacific, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

 

10.50am

Morning break & refreshments 

 

11.20am

Leaders' panel – Opportunities in the evolving energy environment 

Since Downstream 2018 we have had a pricing review, zero carbon bill and increased acquisition activity amongst many other significant energy market developments.  This panel will address: 

  • The effects of the Electricity Price Review on your organisation 
  • Options to further decarbonise the energy sector.  How the energy mix will be changing over the mid-term.  The importance of deep energy storage in that aspiration 
  • Maintaining and improving New Zealand’s productivity using our energy options 
  • The impact of increased customer level energy options and engagement 
  • The unintended consequences we should avoid at all cost 

Dennis Barnes – Chief Executive, Contact Energy 
Adrienne Meikle – Chief Executive, Commerce Commission 
Judy Nicholl – Chief Executive, Counties Power 
Vince Hawksworth – Chief Executive, Trustpower 
Greg Skelton – Chief Executive, Wellington Electricity 
Lana Stockman – Board member, Electricity Authority 

Facilitator: Sheridan BroadbentDirector, Transpower 

Diamond Sponsor - Gentrack

  12.30pm

Lunch break

 

1.30pm

Main Plenary

Industry Roundtables

 

1.30pm

Reactive or proactive regulatory change for the market?  

Initial observations - six months in as the Chief Executive of the Electricity Authority. How do you navigate long, cumbersome, and complex change?  Where do you focus attention with a number of hot topics like transmission pricing, distribution pricing and the Electricity Price Review? How do you balance reactive versus proactive regulatory change to deliver a better outcome for New Zealand customers?   

James Stevenson-Wallace – Chief Executive, Electricity Authority

Roundtables – Session 1 options:

  1. Future-proofing critical communications systems 

    This roundtable session will look to explore and discuss how organisations in the energy sector are positioned for the integration and implementation of LMR (Land Mobile Radio) and LTE networks. What are the communications challenges facing utilities today, in the next five years, and beyond? Jeff McElroy will facilitate the discussion and provide some global perspectives and practical examples of how enabled applications can help utilities faced with navigating the evolving communications technology landscape. 

    Facilitator – Jeff McElroy – Global Vice President, Energy, Tait Communications 

  2. High-risk environments and our people 

    Many of our colleagues work in remote and high-risk environments.  Benefit from the combined experience of industry peers by discussing the support, safety and welfare of our people working in high-risk environments. 

    Facilitator - Casey Molloy – National Sales Manager, Smartrak 

  3. Distributed energy, generation and storage

    What is the future shape for energy companies (when you don’t know where your client is)?  The definition of an energy company isn’t so straightforward as it used to be, Kristian will lead a conversation about the direction distributed energy resources are taking us. 

    Facilitator - Kristian Jensen – Project Director Utilities and Electrical, WSP Opus 

  4. Asset inspection trends 

    Asset Inspection trends and sharing best practice – the goal of maintaining asset values and improving performance through asset evaluation.  

 

2.10pm

Open energy networks and an enabling technology platform 

Distribution network system co-ordination is an increasingly hot topic, with considerable progress in developing models that enable distributed energy resources (DERs) to participate in distribution-level markets that maximise the value of DERs for both their owners and the system.  There are, however, many issues that must be worked through in collaborative forums involving regulators and industry to provide a pathway to platform solutions that will deliver maximal value to customers.  

Sarah Paparo Senior Consultant, Marchment Hill Consulting 
Ryan Wavish – Chief Executive, Marchment Hill Consulting

Roundtables – Session 2 options:

  1. Future-proofing critical communications systems 

    This roundtable session will look to explore and discuss how organisations in the energy sector are positioned for the integration and implementation of LMR (Land Mobile Radio) and LTE networks. What are the communications challenges facing utilities today, in the next five years, and beyond? Jeff McElroy will facilitate the discussion and provide some global perspectives and practical examples of how enabled applications can help utilities faced with navigating the evolving communications technology landscape. 

    Facilitator – Jeff McElroy – Global Vice President, Energy, Tait Communications 

  2. High-risk environments and our people 

    Many of our colleagues work in remote and high-risk environments.  Benefit from the combined experience of industry peers by discussing the support, safety and welfare of our people working in high-risk environments. 

    Facilitator - Casey Molloy – National Sales Manager, Smartrak 

  3. Distributed energy, generation and storage

    What is the future shape for energy companies (when you don’t know where your client is)?  The definition of an energy company isn’t so straightforward as it used to be, Kristian will lead a conversation about the direction distributed energy resources are taking us. 

    Facilitator - Kristian Jensen – Project Director Utilities and Electrical, WSP Opus 

  4. Self-healing networks

    Opportunities for self-healing networks as a key to unlocking practical resilience in New Zealand energy networks. 

 

2.50pm

DSO - The practical challenge of balancing the two-way distribution network 

One of the keys to extracting the most value out of distributed energy resources is balancing the power flows and voltages on the grid.  From a network operations perspective, Wellington Electricity will provide some practical insights including what UK Power Networks is doing and from recent trials in its own network.  

Ray Hardy General Manager Asset Management, Wellington Electricity 
Geoff Thorburn – Network Control Manager, Wellington Electricity 

Roundtables – Session 3 options:

  1. Future-proofing critical communications systems 

    This roundtable session will look to explore and discuss how organisations in the energy sector are positioned for the integration and implementation of LMR (Land Mobile Radio) and LTE networks. What are the communications challenges facing utilities today, in the next five years, and beyond? Jeff McElroy will facilitate the discussion and provide some global perspectives and practical examples of how enabled applications can help utilities faced with navigating the evolving communications technology landscape. 

    Facilitator – Jeff McElroy – Global Vice President, Energy, Tait Communications 

  2. High-risk environments and our people 

    Many of our colleagues work in remote and high-risk environments.  Benefit from the combined experience of industry peers by discussing the support, safety and welfare of our people working in high-risk environments. 

    Facilitator - Casey Molloy – National Sales Manager, Smartrak 

  3. Distributed energy, generation and storage

    What is the future shape for energy companies (when you don’t know where your client is)?  The definition of an energy company isn’t so straightforward as it used to be, Kristian will lead a conversation about the direction distributed energy resources are taking us. 

    Facilitator - Kristian Jensen – Project Director Utilities and Electrical, WSP Opus 

  4. The Road To Network Reliability

    Challenges, solutions and different approaches to achieving our network reliability goals. 

 

3.30pm

Afternoon break & refreshments

 

4.00pm

Priorities and direction for the gas industry co-regulator 

There have been tectonic developments in the gas industry from a market, operational and political perspective over the last year.  The new Chief Executive will provide insight on the key developments including: 

  • Gas Transmission Access Code progress 
  • Improving information disclosure 
  • New Zealand gas supply and demand 
  • The future direction and priorities for the co-regulator 

Andrew Knight – Chief Executive, Gas Industry Company

 

4.30pm

Transforming business to realise New Zealand’s sustainable energy future 

Alison Andrew will talk about the role of diversity in finding solutions to tomorrow’s challenges, as well as the steps Transpower is taking to transform its business for the future. 

  • Realising Aotearoa New Zealand’s sustainable energy future will require new and novel ideas from a diverse and capable workforce 
  • How can the energy industry transform operations to ensure New Zealand has the right workforce and ideas for the future? 
  • What else needs to be done to ensure the industry can attract and retain the talent required for tomorrow’s energy system? 

Alison AndrewChief Executive, Transpower 

 

5.00pm

Transforming the workplace

Is your business fully prepared for the future of work? 

  • The technology curve is accelerating exponentially 
  • The potential of data, automation, robotics and AI are changing the way we work, but only with the help of very human skills 
  • Is your business ready to embrace a different way of working for a very different future? 

Dr Claire Barber - Chief Digital Officer, Spark 

 

5.30pm

Summary remarks from the Chair

 

5.35pm

New Zealand Downstream Networking Drinks

 

6.30pm

THE DOWNSTREAM DINNER

- with guest Hon Dr Megan Woods, Minister of Energy and Resources.

The 2019 Downstream Dinner will feature a three-course dinner followed by a evening of entertainment.  This is the perfect opportunity to socialise with your colleagues from around the energy sector.

Reserve your place now.  Corporate tables of ten can be booked.  Book your dinner tickets on the registration page.