Programme 2022: Day Two

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




Registration and coffee in the Downstream Expo



Invite only Breakfast



Welcome from the Day Two Chair

John Hancock –  Director, Signature Consulting


Generation and demand dynamics




International Keynote: Optimising flexible assets

The emergence of distributed energy resources (DER) such as battery storage, rooftop solar, electric vehicles (EV) and demand response applications have great promise to deliver a lower carbon, more efficient energy system.  As New Zealand begins to venture into utilising these resources, it is key that we take lessons from overseas to overcome the challenges that DER presents. This session will address questions such as: 

  • What technologies are having the biggest impact in overseas markets such as the UK, Australia and the US? 
  • What is the investment case for these assets, and do they require subsidies or regulatory support?
  • Who is optimising and managing these assets – utilities, network operators, third parties, or automated software?
  • What impact could DER have in New Zealand? Who should own and operate them, and in which markets? 

Ben Irons – Co-Founder, Managing Director, Habitat Energy



Energy distribution 2.0

Powerco is the country's second largest distributor of electricity and gas, with networks covering the upper, central, and lower North Island. New chief executive James Kilty has committed to driving the delivery of the final two years of Powerco’s five-year investment plan while also focusing on the next stage of the company’s growth. So, what opportunities does this former Contact deputy chief executive see for Powerco and energy distribution at large? 

James Kilty – Chief Executive, Powerco



Session to be confirmed



Datacom presentation

Sponsored by



Morning break & networking within the Downstream Expo

Scheduled meetings using the Downstream App



PANEL DISCUSSION |  Insight into the current energy landscape for our major industrial energy consumers

There have been a lot of developments within our major industrial energy consumers since Downstream 2021. A new chief executive has started at Tiwai, Marsden Point has wound down as a refinery, and a power purchase agreement was signed between Contact, OJI Fibre and Pan Pac. Reviews of wholesale pricing and transmission pricing implementations are also soon to be reported on and are at the forefront of major energy users' minds.  

  • How has the recent PPA shaped future discussions between major energy users and generators?
  • What is being seen in the wholesale market review?
  • Exploring other options for improving energy supply to industrial consumers 

Chris Blenkiron – Chief Executive, New Zealand Aluminium Smelters 
Jason Dale – Chief Commercial and Financial Officer New Zealand and Pacific Islands, and General Manager BlueScope Pacific Islands, BlueScope
Linda Mulvihill – Head of Energy & Climate, Fonterra

David Thomas – Director, Energy and Environment


Energy transition and security



Fuelling the transition with gas

Gas supply challenges in 2021 highlighted the current dependency on gas for thermal backup generation. As New Zealand’s energy mix transitions towards renewable electricity generation this relationship will change. Gas also plays a key role in providing heat and as a raw input to industry. What needs to happen on the supply and demand side to provide investment confidence during this transition? Speaking from the supply side, major gas producer OMV have several significant work programmes scheduled, including some high expectations for its Māui B programme.

Henrik Mosser – General Manager, OMV New Zealand



Lunch and networking within the Downstream Expo

Scheduled meetings using the Downstream App

Sponsored by 



PANEL DISCUSSION to be finalised

John Kidd – Director, Head of Research, Enerlytica 



Low Carbon Energy Roadmap

The Aotearoa Circle’s Low Carbon Energy Roadmap defines a pathway to a low carbon energy system that ensures energy security, affordability, a healthy environment, and a just transition. The work has been progressed by a diverse group of private and public sector stakeholders within the Leadership Group, led by Co-Chairs Bella Takiari-Brame and Chris Jewell, and the Technical Advisory Group, who have provided deeper insights into various topics. The roadmap has been designed to provoke discussion across the sector and inform Government thinking and decisions regarding emissions reductions and the proposed energy strategy.

The Aotearoa Circle



PANEL DISCUSSION | Energy security, is it time for something disruptive? 

The events of 9 August 2021 highlighted how customers are adversely affected by the current systems used to balance generation and load. When discussing New Zealand’s energy security, the conversation often revolves around market settings, network organisation monopolies, separating generation and retail and avoiding collaboration for fear of collusion. With the Government setting a highly ambitious target of achieving 100% renewable electricity generation by 2030, is it time to get creative in how we manage energy security to minimise overbuild and maintain affordability?

Huia BurtChief Strategy Officer, The Energy Collective
Caitlin Tromop van Dalen – Senior Advisor, Gas Industry Company
Geoff Swier Principal, Farrierswier

John Hancock –  Director, Signature Consulting



Afternoon break & networking within the Downstream Expo

Scheduled meetings using the Downstream App


Recovery and reopening



Political debate | Economic recovery and the energy sector

The Government has set some ambitious targets in recent years regarding emissions reduction, renewable electricity generation and environmental protection – with affordable, secure energy having a role to play in the pathway to a prosperous, clean, green, net-zero New Zealand. However, with the New Zealand Battery project in process, major regulatory reform on the go, post-Covid-19 considerations and fuel switching challenges to overcome, is the pathway forward clear? Let’s see what the political leaders think about the settings and strategy required for the energy sector to play its part in our economic recovery.

Under invitation:
Hon Dr Megan Woods – Associate Minister of Finance and Minister of Energy and Resources
David Seymour – Finance Spokesperson and Party Leader, Act Party
Andrew Bayly – Shadow Treasurer (Revenue) Spokesperson, National Party

Facilitator: Brigid McArthurPartner, Greenwood Roche



Closing remarks from the Chair