Programme 2024: Day One

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Tuesday 5 March 2024 Wednesday 6 March 2024
Conference Day One Conference Day Two

Programme | Day One

 

7.30am

REGISTRATION AND COFFEE IN THE EXHIBITION

 

7.30am

INVITE ONLY BREAKFAST | A VISION FOR BIOGAS IN NEW ZEALAND

Don Elers – General Manager Gas, Powerco
Ben Gerritsen – GM Customer and Regulatory, Clarus
Hugo Khelifa – Manager, Blunomy

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8.50am

MIHI WHAKATAU

 

8.55am

WELCOME FROM THE DAY ONE CHAIR

Esther Tomkinson – Sustainability and Strategy Analyst, Mercury and Young Energy Professionals Network Co-Chair

   

DELIVERING THE FUTURE

 

9.00am

KEYNOTE | BUSINESS AS UNUSUAL – WHAT CONSUMERS NEED AND WANT FROM THE ELECTRICITY SECTOR

As New Zealand transitions towards a low carbon future, the landscape for the electricity sector is undergoing profound change. Consumers and what they want and need from their electricity system must be at the forefront of the changes.  This presentation will explore the settings needed to meet residential and small business consumer priorities and a just transition.  It will challenge the sector, regulators, investors, suppliers and government to innovate, cooperate and change to meet the evolving needs of consumers.

Deborah Hart – Chair, Consumer Advocacy Council

 

9.30am

LEADERS' PANEL | THE LONG GAME

In the last 18 months the energy transition has endured some serious headwinds, including cyclone recovery, thermal plant reliability, market power concerns, and a new government. However new generation developments are proceeding at pace, demand-side flexibility options are growing, and decarbonisation of large energy users is well underway. The big question is, have the recent challenges affected our ability to play the long game to meet our emissions and energy related targets? Or were they just the bumps we must negotiate as we embrace the future?
Gary Holden Managing Director, Lodestone Energy
Paul Goodeve – Chief Executive Officer, Clarus
Alison AndrewChief Executive, Transpower
Tracey KaiChief Executive, Electricity Networks Aotearoa
Luke BlincoeChief Executive, The Energy Collective

Facilitator: Toby StevensonConsulting Director, Sapere Research Group

 

10.30am

MORNING BREAK AND NETWORKING IN THE EXHIBITION

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EMBRACING TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION

 

11.00am

FUTURE COMMERCIAL VEHICLE FLEET’S VIEW OF EV TRANSITION AND ELECTRICITY DEMAND IMPLICATIONS

NZ’s commercial light and heavy vehicle fleets are predominantly fossil-fuel based and while the EV transition to-date is modest, many fleet managers are assessing EV adoption. Through unparalleled insight to fleet EV intentions, EROAD’s Sustainability Lead Soumya Puri will address future commercial fleet EV demand and implications for electricity demand.

Soumya Puri – Senior Product Manager & Chapter Lead, EROAD

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11.15am

COLLABOR-ACTION: ACCELERATING ENERGY ECOSYSTEM INNOVATION

Last year it was pig poo to power beams and everything in between, with an introduction to the energy sector innovation occurring in Aotearoa New Zealand. This time we report in on the highs and lows of the entrepreneurs and risk takers seeking novel and efficient solutions to the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Cristiano MarantesChief Executive, Ara Ake

 

11.45am

DECARBONISATION – THE JOURNEY PRACTICED

Penske Australia & New Zealand is the regional distributor of mtu Rolls Royce technologies, including Microgrids and Renewable Solutions. Jip and his engineering team have been responding to the growing design and delivery demand in utility-scale Energy Storage projects within two distinct sectors:

  1. Decarbonising isolated networks in remote and rural areas previously reliant on fossil fuels and the transition of communities to renewable power and energy storage.
  2. Residential power distribution networks to manage growing levels of rooftop solar PV and their potential to stabilize the local distribution grid during periods of solar flux and consumer demand shifts.

From the boardroom to the battlefield, Jip will cover lessons learned in the practical delivery of microgrids and network storage systems.

Jip Brouwer – Microgrids and Renewables Solutions Manager, Penske

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12.00pm

ACCELERATING THE TRANSITION WITH AI

In an engaging session, technology futurist Ben Reid explores the fusion of exponential technology and the energy transition, starting with the cutting-edge applications of artificial intelligence (AI) and culminating in its profound impact on the energy sector. In the near term, applications such as AI-driven predictive maintenance, enhanced grid management and robotic asset maintenance will improve efficiency and productivity across the industry – while in the longer term, AI will fundamentally accelerate the pace of scientific discovery and technology development, which could lead to near infinite renewable energy sources such as nuclear fusion and space-based solar within a decade. This raises the question: is Aotearoa prepared for the rate of change that is coming?

Ben Reid – Director, Memia

 

12.30pm

LUNCH BREAK AND NETWORKING WITHIN THE EXHIBITION

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MAXIMISING OUR FLEX

 

1.30pm

DEMAND-SIDE FLEXIBILITY PART 1 – RECENT ACTIVITY AND INSIGHTS

Over the past several years efforts to benefit from demand-side flexibility have increased. This session will provide short updates from three organisations on recent activity and insights with flexibility, to set the scene for the following panel discussion.

Evie TroloveHead of Market and Customer Innovation, Orion
David Charlton – Head of Product, Octopus Energy
Pam Walklin – Head of Commercialisation, Ara Ake

 

2.00pm

DEMAND-SIDE FLEXIBILITY PART 2 – PANEL | LET’S FLEX

Following on from the previous updates the panel will look to answer a few of the big demand-side response questions:

  • Has this coordination been working and what’s been the outcome?
  • How far can demand-side flexibility contribute to reducing renewable overbuild and help with intermittency and peaks?
  • How can we value and reward flexibility to deliver positive outcomes?
  • What’s holding us back from accelerating and maximising the benefits of flexibility?

Evie TroloveHead of Market and Customer Innovation, Orion
David Charlton – Head of Product, Octopus Energy
Pam Walklin – Head of Commercialisation, Ara Ake
Chris OttonManager, Operations – Market policy, Electricity Authority
Tim Hewitt – Principal Adviser, Infrastructure Regulation, Commerce Commission

Facilitator: Stephen BatstoneDirector, Sapere Research Group

   

BUILDING RESILIENCE

 

2.55pm

SOLUTIONS FOR SUPPORTING NEW ZEALAND’S ENERGY SECURITY AND RESILIENCE

New Zealand’s economy, at the end of global supply chains and vulnerable to natural hazards, would be expected to have energy security as a top priority. However, on many metrics we underperform developed nation peers on our ability to resist and be resilient to disruption. The good news? It wouldn’t take much to turn things around. Learn about how existing infrastructure and modest policy changes can be adapted to provide our economy an effective energy insurance policy.

Alan Young – Associate Director, Enerlytica

 

3.25pm

AFTERNOON BREAK AND NETWORKING WITHIN THE EXHIBITION

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4.00pm

MINISTERIAL ADDRESS | ENERGY

Hon Simeon Brown – Minister for Energy

 

4.25pm

PANEL | HONEST REFLECTIONS ON DISASTER RECOVERY

In February 2023, Severe Tropical Cyclone Gabrielle devastated parts of the North Island. A year on, what are the reflections for energy transmission and distribution organisations? How can we improve our response during the next crisis and what have we learned about managing and maintaining our networks?

Caz Haydon – Head of Network Operations, Powerco
Harsharan Singh – Operations Manager - Energy Networks & Renewables, Ventia
Mark Ryall – General Manager Grid Delivery, Transpower
Jason Larkin – General Manager Commercial and Regulatory, Unison Networks

Facilitated by: Roger Sutton – Principal Strategic Advisory, Deta

 

5.15pm

REVIEW OF DAY ONE AND PREVIEW OF DAY TWO

 

5.20pm

NETWORKING BREAK

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6.45pm

DOWNSTREAM DINNER

Our MC for the 2024 Downstream dinner, is Brendan Dooley. Brendan is a dynamic magician and entertainer dubbed "A New Generation Of Talent" by The Press. With a fusion of world-class magic, quick wit, mind-reading, and audience participation, Brendan has become a global favourite.