Programme 2020: Strategic Summit Day One

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Monday 3 August 2020 Tuesday 4 August 2020
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Programme -  - Day One




Registration and coffee in the Downstream Engage Zone



Sponsored Breakfast (by invitation)

Sponsored by Jacobs



Welcome from the Chair

Sheridan Broadbent - Director, Transpower



International keynote: Energy system decarbonisation - lessons from the UK and Europe

  • The evolution of policy and business strategy in the UK energy market
  • Delivering net zero – institutional and policy requirements – lessons from Europe
  • Broken business models and the future of liberalisation
  • Green growth – aligning the innovation and delivery agendas
  • From coal to clean

Simon Skillings - Senior Associate, E3G (UK)



Customer focused and data driven business transformation

  • How to build a customer led digital business – what does this mean for your organisation?
  • Gaining insights from data to continuously improve the consumer experience
  • Understanding how connected digital technology, new service models, fully digitalised consumers and a ruthless focus on the customer experience are coming together to drive change in energy businesses the world over
  • Why data is the game changing key to an efficient energy system

Jessica Venning-Bryan - Chief Client Officer, Flux Federation


Platinum Sponsor



Morning break & networking within the Downstream Engage Zone

Scheduled meetings using the Downstream App



Leaders' panel – Leading the transition 

Exploring the opportunities and critical issues facing all segments of the sector.

  • Are New Zealand’s energy businesses able to deliver the collaborative models of working required to transition to the fully optimised, highly productive and affordable energy system of the future?
  • Addressing the energy hardship questions and delivering ‘accessible’ and ‘fair’ energy services
  • Social license and the energy business - exploring new ways of thinking about purpose, value and stewardship of resources
  • Addressing the workforce challenges driving risk and costs in the sector – do we have the solutions?
  • Is the sector prepared to deliver the culture shift to meet the future energy needs of customers including the associated digital revolution?

Paul Goodeve Chief Executive, First Gas
Margaret CooneyChief Executive, Powershop
Luke Blincoe - Chief Executive, Electric Kiwi
Alison AndrewChief Executive, Transpower
Elena Trout - Director, Contact Energy
Marc England - Chief Executive, Genesis Energy

Facilitator - Toby Stevenson - Director, Sapere Research Group



Lunch and networking within the Downstream Engage Zone


Delegates have the option to set up scheduled catch-ups with Interaction Zone sponsors including the Electricity Authority and Commerce Commission, as well as attend the following seminars and roundtables.



Downstream seminars in the Pop up Theatre

Industry Roundtables
 - Day One

Delegate meetings in
the Interaction Zone



Seminar 1

12.25pm - GIS saves lives

GIS is about much more than making maps; it is the basis for grid modernisation solutions.  Energy Queensland is one such modern utility. Hear how GIS at Energy Queensland is raising awareness of powerline hazards and risks, assisting businesses to keep their workers safe and be legislatively complaint, saving lives in the process.
Matt Piper - Global Director for Utilities, Water and AEC, Electrical Safety Consulting
Glen Cook - Powerline Safety Specialist, Electrical Safety Consulting, Eagle Technology

Seminar 2

12.45pm - Disrupting the regulatory development process

In times of rapid technology development and disruptive business models, new products and services often don’t fit well within an agency’s existing policy and regulatory framework. How can regulators better equip themselves to keep up, adapt, and respond to innovation within an industry?
Nick Williamson - Principal Consultant, Align

Seminar 3

1.05pm - Prescriptive Asset Management in the age of Artificial Intelligence

On the face of it, Artificial Intelligence and predictive modelling appear capable of delivering on the promise of Prescriptive Asset Management.  But will it succeed, or be a white elephant for businesses who try it?  This presentation will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of AI, and how these could guide Prescriptive Asset Management into the future.
Matt Deshon - R&D Evangelist, Technology One

Seminar 4

1.25pm - The challenge of public safety

Peter Berry - Executive Director, Electricity Engineers’ Association (EEA)
Trish Allen - National Chairperson, EEA Public Safety Working Group & Corporate Safety and Health Specialist, Meridian Energy

Seminar 5

1.45pm - Battery energy storage, grid stability and network deferral

Warwick O'Dell - Australia Pacific - Microgrid & Storage Solutions, Aggreko


Sponsored roundtables including:

WSP Opus

Kegs vs Bottles:  Solving the generation mix formula for increased renewables whilst managing dry year risk and the energy trilemma.

Facilitator Nigel Matuschka - Principal Mechanical Engineer, WSP Opus


Aligning Business Risk to Critical Infrastructure
Josh Alcock - Principal Security Strategist, Fortinet

Limited spaces available, sign up for the Roundtables using the Downstream Mobisite (a link on your registration email will be arriving soon).

Delegates will use the Downstream Event App to arrange one-on-one meetings with key representatives from the industry, meeting in one of the designated areas set up within the Engage Zone.



Industry energy transitions panel: Meeting the future energy needs of New Zealand businesses

Hear quickfire case studies from leading New Zealand businesses on how they are planning for the transition to a new energy future. Share their thinking about how they plan to power their businesses and explore their plans for electrification and the use of alternative energy sources. Analysing the different future fuel options that could both power business growth and deliver decarbonisation of the economy.

Fonterra – The role of electrification of industrial processes in our vision for a low emissions future
Linda Thompson - Sustainable Energy and Utility Manager, Fonterra

New Zealand Post - Powering business
Chad Foley - Sustainability Projects Manager, New Zealand Post

Refining NZ – Why a petrochemical business plans to build the country’s biggest solar farm
Dr Julian Young - Chief Development Officer, Refining New Zealand



The role of the Infrastructure Commission in the planning and co-ordination of energy infrastructure

  • Exploring the focus of the new Commission and its overlaps with the energy sector
  • Explaining of the links between New Zealand’s long-term wellbeing and infrastructure investment and performance
  • The link between the 30-year infrastructure strategy and energy
  • Understanding how the role of the Commission connects with the roles of the current market and economic regulators

Dr Alan Bollard - Chair, Infrastructure Commission



Afternoon break & networking within the Downstream Engage Zone



Updating Te Mauri Hiko – Analysing energy futures

  • Updating our analysis of the consequences of future growth in demand for new connections
  • What will be the uplift in volume of new connections needed by increased process heat demand, EV charging and renewable generation?
  • Exploring the impact of these changes from a network perspective
  • Understanding the changes in business models and regulation this will drive

Richard HobbsGeneral Manager Strategy, Transpower



Distributed energy, micro grids and innovation at the grid edge

  • How the expansion of renewables and microtrading will drive change within the energy system
  • Solutions and business models advancing the transition toward a decentralised, distributed and transactive electric grid
  • Achieving the aggregation and optimisation of distributed energy resources and overcoming the
  • load management issues for energy systems
  • How to ensure that low income households benefit from the value created by grid edge technologies

James T. Gallagher - Executive Director, New York State Smart Grid Consortium (USA)



Chairs closing comments



Networking drinks within the Downstream Engage Zone




- with guests Hon Dr Megan Woods, Minister of Energy and Resources, Jonathan Young MP, Gareth Hughes MP, Fletcher Tabuteau MP

The 2020 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.

Since it is election year and things are heating up politicly, we will hold the Political Fireside Chat at the dinner, where representatives will discuss the big energy issues and opportunities as they see them.

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