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CONFERENCE DAY ONE
Thursday 24 November 2016

Day One | Day Two


8:00 Registration and morning coffee


8:45 Summit welcome and opening remarks


9:00 KEYNOTE | SA Government Address

Tom Koutsantonis, Treasurer, Minister for Finance, Minister for State Development, Minister for Resources and Energy, Government of South Australia


9:30 Ensuring gas delivers for Australia's energy transition

  • The policy settings required for a healthy domestic gas market
  • Gas's contribution to Australia's energy transition
  • 2050: natural gas in a very low carbon world

Ben Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Gas Networks


10:00 Increasing natural gas supply to the domestic market

  • Victorian Government's recent decision to ban development of its valuable gas reserves has undermined its own authority as a participant in East Coast gas market reform
  • The only solution to the current shortage of gas and high prices is to increase supply
  • Increased pipeline regulation will not solve a gas supply shortage
  • Natural gas is an important part of the energy mix

Cheryl Cartwright, Chief Executive, Australian Pipelines and Gas Association


10:30 Morning tea and networking break


11:00 Challenges and opportunities in developing Australia's natural gas resources

  • The economic climate
  • Getting regulation right
  • Countering critics
  • Winning community support

Senior Representative, APPEA


11:30 Opportunities for Northern Territory gas on the eastern seaboard

Richard Cottee, Managing Director, Central Petroleum


12:00 PANEL DISCUSSION | East Coast Gas - policy, supply, reform


1:00 Lunch and networking break


2:00 South Australia's (re)balancing act

  • There is no single low-cost silver bullet to the challenges facing South Australia's energy market
  • Greater interconnection to other NEM states has its downsides
  • Renewables policy needs a redesign to balance incentives with market value

Kieran Donoghue, General Manager Policy, Australian Energy Council


2:30 The Perfect Storm: Analysing the role of gas in South Australia's power prices

  • How renewable energy was used as a scapegoat by power companies to maximise profits during the South Australian energy crisis
  • How the regulatory and governance of the NEM should be reformed to focus on the transition of Australia's energy mix

Andrew Stock, Councillor, Climate Council


3:00 Does natural gas have a future in the electricity industry?

  • Does the world and Australia need a transitional fuel
  • Coal will be the last fuel forced out by renewables
  • A better reporting system is needed for gas resources

David Leitch, Principal, ITK


3:30 Afternoon tea and networking break


4:00
PANEL DISCUSSION | The road ahead for South Australia


5:00 Closing remarks


5:05 Networking drinks

CONFERENCE DAY TWO
Wednesday 19 November 2015

Day One | Day Two


8:00 Morning coffee


8:50 Day two welcome and opening remarks


9:00 Australia's evolving energy landscape

  • Australia's changing generation mix
  • Opportunities and challenges in maintaining power system security through this transformation
  • The role of interconnection with the NEM
  • Demand drivers for east coast gas consumption

Peter Geers, Executive General Manager of Markets, Australian Energy Market Operator


9:30 Interconnection: investigating solutions to enable a sustainable energy future

  • Improving capacity of supply across New South Wales
  • Stabilising power prices and supply to South Australia
  • Providing a platform for connection of renewable energy in South West NSW

Gerard Reiter, Executive General Manager, Asset Management, TransGrid


10:00 National Electricity Market: A user's perspective

Speaker to be confirmed


10:30 Morning tea and networking break


11:00 Managing South Australia's renewable suply

  • What does an optimal generator bid stack look like?
  • What is going to power your Tesla or other EV in 2030?

Gordon Wymer, Chief Financial Officer, Snowy Hydro


11:30 Integrating energy and climate change policy

  • Appropriate market design for high penetration renewables systems
  • Orderly transition to a low emissions capital stock
  • Incentivising new renewable energy

Tim Nelson, Head of Economics, Policy and Sustainability, AGL Energy


12:00 PANEL DISCUSSION | Redesigning the NEM for the modern era


1:00 Lunch and networking break


2:00 Advances in solar technology and battery storage

Speaker to be confirmed


2:30 Operating a solar farm with a difference

  • Sundrop Farms is a leader in sustainable horticulture for the arid world; growing high-value crops using seawater and sunlight
  • The drive towards renewable energy can be beneficial not only to Australians, but globally

Steve Marafiote, Managing Director, Australia, Sundrop Farms


3:00 Gas versus Solar: Cost effective strategies for small energy consumers

  • In updating its 2014 modelling of the cost-effectiveness of gas compared to electricity as a cooking, space heating, and water heating fuel, the Alternative Technology Association is also considering the value of home generation
  • This session will present provisional findings, and offer some thoughts on the future prospects of gas as a residential fuel

Damien Moyse, Senior Energy Analyst, Alternative Technology Association


3:30 Afternoon tea and networking break


4:00
PANEL DISCUSSION | The future of renewable energy in the Australian market


5:00 Closing remarks

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