Programme 2019: Strategic Summit Day Two

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Registration open and coffee available in the Downstream exhibition



Welcome back from the Day Two Chair

Jen Nolan – Director External Relations, New Zealand’s Aluminium Smelter



Ministerial address: The Climate Change Commission, more renewable generation and decarbonising New Zealand

Hon James Shaw - Minister for Climate Change



New Zealand’s gas sector in 2050? 

Analysis of the medium to long-term outlook for the New Zealand gas sector, particularly in the context of New Zealand and international decarbonisation. 

  • Where does gas fit in a low carbon future? 
  • Is peaking gas-fired generation a complement to increased variable renewables? 
  • Will gas continue to be a cost-effective energy fuel? 
  • Is carbon leakage to overseas producers an issue for NZ’s major gas-consuming sectors? 
  • Does NZ have sufficient gas to meet future demand – and appropriate policy settings for upstream development in a low carbon world? 

Simon Coates – Director, Concept Consulting



Major gas users panel - executive view 

As well as consuming vast amounts of energy, the following four organisations are key energy market participants who watch sector progress very closely.  How much of a concern is ‘energy’ from our biggest customers perspective, including:

  • Recent energy market performance and impact on confidence
  • Ability to manage risk around price and security of supply and outlook for future supply
  • Information disclosure and responding to market events
  • Key energy improvements which support their business going forward

Jason DaleChief Financial Officer, NZ Steel
Mike FugeChief Executive, Refining NZ
Tony Oosten - Energy Manager, Fonterra
Terry Skiffington Chief Operating Officer, Oji Fibre Solutions

Facilitator - Richard Hale

10.20am Morning break & refreshments 


The threat to New Zealand’s national energy security 

The NCPO’s remit includes cyber resilience, cyber capability and cyber crime.  Following the energy sector’s digital revolution, where are the breaches in security occurring and why all leaders need to take responsibility for their organisation’s cybersecurity.   

Paul Ash Director, National Cyber Policy Office, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 

Gold Sponsor - Datacom



Making the most of New Zealand’s energy options  

Compared to most around the world, New Zealand’s lower carbon energy options are plentiful.  So how do we use that wealth for the best outcomes both nationally and globally.  

  • The energy decisions and opportunities ahead 
  • Exporting our low carbon energy 
  • New Zealand’s role in the global energy challenge 
  • New Zealand’s energy options for industry and competitiveness 
  • Lower carbon energy technologies and options such as CCS and hydrogen 

Kate Bromfield Chair, Net-Zero Emissions Committee, PEPANZ  
Phil Gibson – General Manager Hydro & Wholesale, Mercury  
Paul Goodeve – Chief Executive, First Gas 
Stew Hamilton – Chief Executive and Site GM, New Zealand’s Aluminium Smelter  
Neil Holdom - Mayor, New Plymouth District Council  
Gareth Hughes – Energy and Resources Spokesperson, Green Party  

Facilitator – John Kidd – Director, Sector and Equity Research, Woodward Partners



Lunch break



Innovating for future dry year risk 

You can’t talk about New Zealand’s electricity system without robust discussion of dry year risk. Huntly Power Station is currently central to dry year support and Genesis has been thinking about how this can be provided in a more renewable market.  

  • How do we maintain Security of Supply as the market becomes more renewable?
  • How quickly can New Zealand get to 90, 95 and 100 percent renewable?
  • What technologies are on the horizon to provide deep energy storage?

Tracey Hickman - Executive General Manager of Generation and Wholesale, Genesis Energy
Shaun Goldsbury - General Manager Wholesale, Genesis Energy



First look – The BEC2060 New Zealand energy futures  

Ever wondered what NZ’s energy future might look like out to 2060?  Or wondered how your business might respond if there are multiple possible futures that look quite different to each other? How might technology and societal changes play out over this timeframe? The work of the BusinessNZ Energy Council is your best clue.  Over 50 organisations have helped shape the inputs that inform the storylines and scenario modelling and this will be a first look.  With outputs your shareholders will want to see, the presentation might fundamentally change your business plan. 

John Carnegie - Executive Director, BusinessNZ Energy Council 



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’?  The Energy Charter, is 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. 

Sabiene Heindl - Director, The Energy Charter

3.20pm Afternoon break & refreshments



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



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