Programme 2020: Strategic Summit Day Two

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Monday 16 March Tuesday 17 March Wednesday 18 March
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Programme -  - Day Two




Coffee and networking within Downstream Engage Zone opens



Sponsored breakfast (by invitation)

Sponsored by Eagle Technology



Welcome back from the Day Two Chair

Tina Schirr – Senior Policy Advisor - Energy & Innovation, Business NZ Energy Council



Achieving accelerated electrification to drive the decarbonisation of New Zealand

  • Why the electricity system is central to decarbonisation of the whole economy
  • Prioritising the accelerated electrification of transport and process heat
  • How do we overcome barriers to consenting further development required to meet the energy demands of future electrification and decarbonisation?

Exciting speaker under invitation – watch this space, announcement will be made shortly.



What is the opportunity that 5G technology presents to the energy sector?

Technology analysts predict that the energy sector will be one of the biggest future users of 5G.  However, while 5G is the future, it is also the here and now. This session explores the use cases that will drive 5G adoption in the energy sector and analyses where it will deliver the greatest impact in the short to medium term.

  • Analysing the impact of the 5G enabled 4th Industrial Revolution on energy consumption
  • Exploring how 5G ultra reliable low latency communication (URLLC) will better enable connected network control structures
  • Realising the vision of an Internet of Energy – how 5G will allow companies to manage their assets and enable better management of energy demand
  • Understanding the spectrum and resilience challenges that could impact energy systems

Jason Paris - Chief Executive Officer, Vodafone New Zealand



Analysing the findings of the Electricity Pricing Review

  • Delivering the Review’s recommendations and predicting the short, medium and long-term outcomes
  • The regulatory changes that the EPR will drive
  • Establishing a Consumer Advisory Council to ensure that the consumers voice is heard
  • Exploring how the Review will provide a catalyst to the industry to work collaboratively and find solutions to tackling energy hardship

Miriam R Dean CNZM QC - Chair, Electricity Price Review



Morning break within the Downstream Engage Zone



Blackouts – could it happen again in New Zealand?

With large-scale blackouts being experienced all over the world, we hear two perspectives on the lessons that the New Zealand energy system can learn to avoid it happening here.

  • Understanding the lessons that can improve our system resilience
  • Stress testing the performance of the network –planning for the worst possible scenario
  • Exploring the interdependence of our resources – are we at increased risk of fragility as we transition?
  • Protecting our energy system from the risk of cyber-attack

John Clarke - General Manager Operations, Transpower
Ryno Verster - General Manager: Asset Strategy and Investment, Powerco



The new Electricity Authority strategy

They develop, administer and enforce the market rules that govern nearly every aspect of New Zealand’s electricity industry, and their strategy is changing. The last Statement of Intent, which outlines strategic intentions, was published in 2017.
This session will reveal the new strategy.

Board Member, Electricity Authority



Lunch and networking within the Downstream Engage Zone



Downstream seminars in the Pop up Theatre - Day Two

Industry Roundtables - Day Two

Delegate meetings in the Interaction Zone






Seminar 1

12.45pm - Tackling energy hardship
Miranda Struthers - Accessible Energy Advocate, Electricity Retailers’ Association of New Zealand

Seminar 2

1.05pm - Blockchain applications in energy
Dr Dermott McMeel - Lecturer, University of Auckland

Seminar 3

1.25pm - Case study: Achieving an acceleration of electrification
Hamish Reid - Director, Sustainability and Brand, Synlait

Seminar 4

1.45pm - Cyber Security 

Four sponsored roundtables including WSP Opus.   More details to follow shortly.

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.



Smart meters in smart homes in smart cities linked to smart grids

  • Realising the promise of smart electric grids, smarter homes, and smart utility metering to deliver tangible benefits to customers and energy businesses
  • Exploring how smart metering allows consumers to make their homes and our grid more intelligent and energy-efficient and how this creates a more resilient, less wasteful and affordable energy system
  • Doing smart things with the smart data from smart meters


Panel discussion: Meeting the demands of New Zealand’s energy peak

New Zealand’s unique energy mix means we are better placed than many to reduce our reliance on carbon. But with decarbonisation potentially driving up demand for electricity by 50% or more, hard questions have to be asked about where the energy will come from. Base load may not be a problem, but to meet the needs of future peak load and achieve the system reliability and resilience required, innovative solutions will need to be found.

  • Cost and reliability perspectives on the right level of renewables
  • What is the potential scale of the shortfall in capacity at peak load?
  • Analysing the ongoing role of gas within the New Zealand energy system
  • Gas storage – can we store the capacity we need for emergencies and to provide flexible supply
  • Assessing the viability of battery technology to provide the storage needed to respond to peak demand

Andrew Knight - Chief Executive, Gas Industry Company
Ralph MatthesExecutive Director, Major Electricity Users Group
Grenville GaskellChief Executive, New Zealand Wind Energy Association
Marcos Pelanur - Group Manager Strategy and Engagement, EECA



Afternoon break & refreshments



Beyond electricity: Innovation challenges for harder-to-decarbonise sectors

  • Exploring the limits of electrification for deep decarbonisation: hard-to-electrify transportation (aviation, shipping); industrial heat and process emissions; and non-CO2 gases such as methane from agriculture
  • Carbon capture and storage for heavy industry
  • Zero-carbon fuels for aviation and shipping, and high-temperature heat for industrial processes
  • Negative emissions technologies to counter residual emissions from sources that are difficult, if not impossible, to eliminate
  • Accelerating innovation & scaling up climate solutions: combining technology push with market pull

Dr Colin Cunliff - Senior Policy Analyst, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (USA)



Closing remarks from the Chair



Close of conference