Programme 2022: Day One

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Tuesday 29 March 2022 Wednesday 30 March 2022
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Programme | Day One 




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Mihi Whakatau



Welcome from the Day One Chair

Angela Ogier Associate Director | Infrastructure Advisory, EY


Views from the top



NEW PERSPECTIVES | Exploring market design differences between New Zealand and Australia 

Reviewing and comparing the pros and cons of the NZEM and NEM provides an opportunity to understand different approaches and analyse whether there are elements that would benefit us here in New Zealand:

  • Market governance
  • Carbon reduction policy mechanisms
  • Resource adequacy
  • Wholesale and retail competition 
  • Demand-side and prosumerism 
  • Network cost recovery

Greg Williams – Senior Economist, Australian Energy Markets Commission (AEMC) 




Leaders' panel

In the past 12 months the sector has once again faced some significant challenges and surprises, including the normalisation of operations under shifting Covid-19 alert levels. With tightening gas supply, wholesale electricity price volatility, pending regulatory change, grid-scale solar projects and NZ Battery developments, it’s been a wild ride. Join our cohort of leaders as we kōrero on how to accelerate decarbonisation, secure talent, maintain sector well-being and keep customer needs front of mind.

Alison Andrew – Chief Executive, Transpower
Marc England – Chief Executive, Genesis
Neal Barclay – Chief Executive, Meridian
Naomi James – Chief Executive Officer, Refining NZ

Toby Stevenson – Director, Sapere Research Group 



Morning break and networking within the Downstream Virtual Events Platform (VEP)



Price discovery project update

The Electricity Authority’s Market Development Advisory Group (MDAG) has commenced a project investigating how the wholesale electricity market might operate (including price discovery and new investment) under a 100% renewable electricity supply. Projections suggest that new renewable generation will need to be built at a rate materially faster than the industry achieved over the market’s first 15 years. MDAG’s project is looking at several important questions that are critical to effective investment in generation and operation of the market, given the expected increase in electricity demand and retirement of fossil-fuelled thermal generation.

Joey Au – Chief Strategy Officer, Electricity Authority
Tony Baldwin – Chair, MDAG



Industry insights

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Joe Delaney – Industry Strategy Director, Energy & Utilities, Salesforce





Future regulations and their collective influence

An array of regulations and initiatives are currently being rolled out that affect the energy sector. How will all the individual acts and directives fit together and will they collectively enable or hinder efforts to decarbonise the energy sector? And are you ready for the effects of the updated or new RMA, NBA, ETS, TPM, EPR projects, mandatory climate change risk disclosure legislation the New Zealand Battery project and… 
Catherine SoperGM Government and Regulatory Affairs, Acting GM Sustainability, Genesis 



Lunch break and networking within the Downstream Virtual Events Platform (VEP)


Improving outcomes



PANEL DISCUSSION | Providing energy for our population’s needs: A focus on energy and consumer hardship

The transition towards a lower emissions economy has the potential to increase the energy poverty gap. It is essential that through this transition, energy hardship is prioritised in decision making and services are delivered in a way responsive to the population's needs. Addressing energy hardship requires joined-up action across industry, regulators, and government and as the sector transitions towards lower emissions, it is important that those experiencing energy hardship have fair and reasonable access to energy. 

Deborah HartChair, Consumer Advocacy Council 
Ruth SmithersChief Executive, FINCAP
Miranda StruthersAccessible Energy Advocate, ERANZ 

Tracey HickmanChief Customer Officer, Genesis



NEW PERSPECTIVES | Open data benefits for New Zealand's payments system 

Data does not flow easily between different organisations in the energy sector. A functioning, open data ecosystem would enable the sector, policy makers and other institutions to make decisions that are timely, effective and accelerate the transition to net zero. Payments NZ has set up an API centre that has developed standards which allow for safe access and sharing of data. How was this open data sharing achieved, what hurdles were overcome to protect the information and what opportunities have arisen? 

Steve WigginsChief Executive, Payments NZ



Afternoon break and networking within the Downstream Virtual Events Platform (VEP)



600% Renewable Energy

New Zealand is blessed with abundant natural energy resources. There is an immediate opportunity to move beyond the goal of 100% renewable electricity by 2030 to a more ambitious but realistic target of 600% renewable energy by 2050.  This recognises NZ can become a globally significant exporter of renewable energy in the form of green hydrogen and e-fuels and green manufactured products.   Simon and Brett will discuss where this potential lies, the improvement to security of supply for New Zealand and the region, the global challenge of decarbonising energy supply by 2050 and how NZ Pure (energy) can make a difference.

Simon CurriePrincipal, Energy Estate
Brett Rogers – Director, Elemental Group



Mercury rising

In a bold move, Mercury agreed to buy Trustpower’s retail business in March 2021 for $441 million, leaving Trustpower to focus on building its generation business. The acquisition will accelerate Mercury’s retail strategy centred on delivering the right product mix and value for customers. Mercury is retaining the Trustpower brand with its complementary products. Find out what’s driving this customer focus and the objectives longer term.

Vince HawksworthChief Executive, Mercury



Review of Day One



Transpower message

Sponsored by Transpower



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