Programme 2021: Day Two

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Monday 29 March 2021 Tuesday 30 March 2021
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Programme | Day Two




Coffee and networking within Downstream Expo



Sponsored breakfast (TO BE CONFIRMED)



Sponsored by wsp

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Dr Rowan Dixon  –  Principal Specialist - Sustainability & Resilience, WSP



Welcome back from the Day Two Chair

Ben GerritsenGeneral Manager Customer and Regulation, Firstgas Group


Energy Transitions




New emissions targets for energy  

The recently established Climate Change Commission will be reporting to government on emissions budgets and emissions reduction plans. This advice will set the tone for how quick and how hard New Zealand needs to go, and the role of the energy sector in support.   

  • The emissions targets and pathways to meet New Zealand’s climate targets  
  • Low emissions practices, technologies and infrastructure for the energy sector  
  • Assessing the long-term climate benefits of energy sector investment  
  • Our international reputation  
  • Progress and direction of the findings for government  

Jo Hendy – Chief Executive, Climate Change Commission  



(Major Energy) Consumer demand for new renewable generation

Large energy consumers are leveraging their balance sheets and exploring the idea of being renewable power project developers, deviating from the traditional methods of energy procurement. Recent examples of this emerging trend include Watercare and Refining NZ, both involved with new solar projects.

Represented by the Major Electricity Users Group (MEUG), organisations including Ballance Agri Nutrients, Fonterra and Oji Fibre Solutions, have gone to market for new renewable power projects with a stated goal of reducing their emissions by up to 500,000 tonnes per year. Suppliers responded with 18 proposals from 15 different bidders.   

  • The organisational drivers of this trend
  • Alternative energy solutions being considered
  • Outcomes being sought by large energy consumers
  • Disadvantages of existing traditional energy procurement offerings

Linda MulvihillHead of Energy & Climate, Fonterra
Shane DufaurGM Operations & Supply Chain, Ballance Agri-Nutrients
Alan Eyes – Energy Manager, New Zealand Steel

David Thomas – Director, Energy and Environment



Digital Adoption and mobile operations in the field

Sponsored by SOTI

Digital adoption and a mobile first strategy is more critical today than ever for field service organisations. Technology selection must not only be based on durability and functionality but on whether it can be remotely deployed, secured, updated, managed and supported. During this presentation, we will outline the role the SOTI ONE Platform can play as part of an integrated mobility strategy, which is critical to help business adapt to the challenges of the ‘new normal’. Working on any device, in any location, at any time, over any network is no longer “nice to have”, it is a necessity.

Michael Dyson –  Vice President, Sales - APAC, SOTI



The transport fuel (and EV) opportunity  

Transport accounts for over 40% of national energy demand but contributes over 50% of our energy-related greenhouse gas emissions.  99% of our transport energy demand is met through fossil fuels. Those with a stake in lower emissions (or renewable) transport fuels are lining up to grab more of the market. There might be a few barriers to overcome (like price) before we stop importing crude or refined liquid fuels but the opportunity is apparent.  

Jimmy Ormsby – Managing Director, Waitomo Group 
Andrew Clennett – Chief Executive, Hiringa Energy
Alan Pearson – Chief Executive, TIL Group
Buddhika RajapakseManager - Energy Futures, Mercury

Jesse Corlett – Manager, Policy and Engagement, EECA  



Morning break & networking within the Downstream Expo

Scheduled meetings using the Downstream Mobisite / App



The RMA and the reforms – challenges and opportunities

The challenge of electrification - RMA reform and its impact on the sector. With a detailed review of the RMA undertaken, and its reform being front and centre on the reform agenda, what are the opportunities and risks for the sector.

  • The challenges of the RMA – planning and consenting lead times, lack of national direction, investment uncertainty
  • Experience from the COVID-19 (Fast-track consenting) Act 2020
  • How might the reform help or hinder electrification
  • What are the opportunities and risks for the sector
  • The role of Te Tiriti in the reforms
  • Stakeholder engagement to get the best outcomes

Raewyn Moss – General Manager External Affairs, Transpower
Jo Mooar – Senior Corporate Counsel, Transpower


Energy affordability



Enhancing New Zealanders’ lives, prosperity and environment through electricity

James Stevenson-Wallace – Chief Executive, Electricity Authority



Lunch and networking within the Downstream Expo

Sponsored by LeasePlan

Scheduled meetings using the Downstream Mobisite / App



Energy, industrial activity and international competitiveness  

With several ‘strategic reviews’ underway, future industrial energy demand is looking uncertain. Given the contribution of industrial consumers to the wider economy and specifically to the cost of core energy infrastructure, it is fair to ask how sensitive industry is to changes in the cost of energy, and to explore the role of the energy sector in supporting New Zealand’s industrial capability. 

  • Is enough weight given to the impact on large industrial and exporting consumers when making important industry decisions  
  • The effect of Tiwai closing on remaining industrial users   
  • The trade-off between support for domestic or industrial consumers  
  • National energy security and economic independence (exposure to disrupted international supply chains)  
  • Options for improving energy supply to industrial consumers  
  • International examples of supporting your domestic industrial base/export sector  
  • Risks around transmission pricing going forwards  

Catherine Beard – Executive Director, Export NZ 
Gretta Stephens – Chief Executive, New Zealand Steel
Dieter Adam – Executive Director, The Manufacturers' Network
Dean Richardson – Managing Director, Methanex New Zealand

Emily Calvert – Senior Policy Advisor, BusinessNZ Energy Council


Regulation and governance



Governance of an energy asset owner  

With the Commerce Commission releasing their final report on the Aurora review by the end of March next year, the need for good governance of energy assets is in the spotlight. Governance failures lead to sub-optimal energy price and quality outcomes for consumers.  

  • Good energy asset governance practices  
  • The right governance structure for an energy asset owner  
  • The different ownership models, stewardship and long-term interests (versus near-sighted incentives)  
  • Managing a board’s competing interests  
  • Lessons learned from recent examples  
  • Increased regulatory focus on governance  

Carl Findlater – Chair, Southland Power Trust  
Richard Fletcher – Chief Executive, Aurora Energy 
Richard Westlake – Managing Director, Westlake Governance

Julie Hardaker – Deputy Chair, Governance New Zealand  



Afternoon break & networking within the Downstream Expo

Scheduled meetings using the Downstream Mobisite / App



Regulatory developments – competition and performance  

The Commerce Commission is planning to increase the use of its Information Gathering and Summary Analysis powers which will place more regulated entity performance data in the public domain. The Commission can use its position to promote and regulate the use of new technology and associated data as it becomes increasingly important to the market and consumers. Information sharing will extend beyond a bilateral exchange between the Regulator and regulated entity to one where other stakeholders have access, and have the ability to analyse the data.  

This session will provide the context for this change and highlight similar moves being made by energy regulators around the world.

Andy Burgess – Head of Energy, Airports and Dairy Regulation, Commerce Commission


Customer focus and data



Internet of Things – a role for the electricity sector in rural IoT

New Zealand has been long awaiting widespread machine-to-machine connectivity enabled by IoT. Wireless internet service providers have become the primary source of internet services to our rural communities, connecting more than half our farms with city-grade, affordable broadband through a network of many thousands of hilltop towers. This short presentation will examine the pathway towards an IoT network for the good of the farming, local government and energy sectors.

Mike SmithChairman, WISPA.NZ (Wireless Internet Service Providers Association)



Modern energy retailing  

Never underestimate the importance of that final link in the supply chain. The retail sector features fierce competition, more data, increasing customer participation and energy affordability challenges to name a few. It also has big opportunities around behind-the-meter services, and a large number of competitors ready and waiting to invest in this space.   

  • Digital tools needed for energy retail 2.0  
  • Evolving customer needs  
  • Delivering better customer outcomes  
  • Innovation and customer-centricity  
  • Product bundling, gas, LPG, triple play solutions and strategic partnerships  

Fiona Smith – General Manager Customer Operations, Trustpower
Mary Ollivier – Commissioner and Chief Executive, Utilities Disputes
Tracey Hickman – Chief Customer Officer, Genesis

Hon Heather Roy



Closing remarks from the Day Two Chair



Close of conference