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Thursday 28th April 2016

Day One | Day Two

8:00 Registration and morning coffee

8:45 Welcome from Informa and opening remarks from the Chair

Giles Parkinson, Founder and Editor, RenewEconomy

8:50 Global trends in deployment and regulation

Simon Currie, Global Head of Energy, Norton Rose Fulbright

9:20 Grid innovation: pathways to a low carbon future

  • What the grid of the future might look like
  • The active role TransGrid is taking to shape the grid of the future
  • A snapshot of some of the activities TransGrid is undertaking to prepare for the new energy ecosystem

Greg Garvin, Executive General Manager / People, Strategy and Stakeholders, TransGrid


9:50 Big Wind for the little people: fitting community investment into large scale wind projects

  • How the community got involved in Flyers Creek Wind Farm
  • Flyers Creek Wind Farm project progress
  • How we see our model working for others

Rachael Young, Chair, Central NSW Renewable Energy Cooperative

10:05 The Tyalgum Energy Project

- A project that has ambitious plans to take the village of Tyalgum in Northern NSW off the electricity grid. Kacey has been involved since the beginning of the project and along with Andrew Price, the Project Manager drive the project and the vision for the village.
- After a massive 2015, where a very positive feasibility study was commissioned by 'Energy for The People’, this new year has started well with the installation of electric bikes in February and the initial phases of the implementation of the project.

Kacey Clifford, Project Coordinator, Australian Radio Towers
Andrew Price, Project Manager, Tyalgum Energy Project

10:20 Australia's first community -owned renewable energy retailer

Alison Crook AO, Chair, Enova Community Energy Ltd

10:40 Morning tea

11:10 Stockland Shellharbour Solar Power Station

  • Overview of NSW largest rooftop solar PV system
  • Lessons learned from tender through to construction and operation
  • Performance to date

Greg Johnson, National Sustainability Manager, Commercial Property, Stockland

11:30 Biomass Cooperative and Hybrid Micro-Grid – Supplier and Customer benefits

  • New business model for local energy solutions using straw based biomass energy
  • Supplier Cooperative for biomass fuel
  • Hybrid Micro-Grid with SAPN
  • Profit sharing with suppliers, customers and project owners

Terry Kallis, Chairman, Yorke Biomass Energy

11:50 Co-operative Community Solar

- Pingala are pioneering the use of the co-operative form for their community energy projects
- Why a co-operative and what are the pros and cons of this approach?

April Crawford-Smith, Convenor, Pingala and Project Manager, The Valley Centre
Tom Nockolds, Director, Community Power Agency

12:10 Ministerial Address NSW

Mark Speakman, NSW Environment Minister

12:30 Lunch

Afternoon Chair: Simon Franklin, Managing Director, IT Power


1:30 The utility role in micro-grids and community energy projects

  • Current barriers and emerging opportunities
  • Outcomes and learning from customer and technology trials
  • Experience from connection of larger embedded generation and land developments

Donald McPhail, Senior Network Strategy and Policy Engineer, Ergon Energy

1:55 The Huntlee Project

  • Huntlee Project Overview
  • Brief History of the HETA process
  • The Developer Drivers
  • Future Implications for Land development
  • The commercial opportunities and challenges
  • The regulatory hurdles
  • The technical opportunities and challenges
  • Building hybrid community/commercial structures

Stephen Thompson, Project Director, LWP Property Group
Dan Hilson, Executive Manager, Energy and Urban Renewal, Flow Systems

2:25 Delivering a net zero emissions precinct at the Canberra Institute of Technology

  • Feasibility of creating a 1.4MW net zero emissions precinct on an existing site
  • Utility integration and control (1MW demand management)
  • Teaching and skills training (a live laboratory)
  • Test labs and supplier partners

Toby Roxburgh, Director, Beast Solutions

2:50 Developing utility grade microgrid projects

  • How enabling technologies are offering dispersed energy versatility.
  • Case studies, including Diesel Replacement, Community Battery, Bushfire Response and Going off the Grid

John Davidson, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Made Clean

3:15 Afternoon tea

3:40 Developing a microgrid solution to support the Kalbarri Community in WA

Seán Mc Goldrick, Executive Manager Asset Management, Western Power

4:05 ARENA Here Comes the Sun Micro-grid Study

  • Assessing options for combining rooftop solar and battery storage on existing residential buildings and identifying opportunities to optimise capital investment through shared use, reduce consumer costs and harness network benefits.
  • The study will outline the technical, financial, legal and governance issues associated with each option

Bruce Thompson, Director, Major Projects, Moreland Energy Foundation

4:30 Virtual Net Metering project – UTS ISF, Ergon, ARENA

Jay Rutovitz, Project Director, UTS Institute of Sustainable Futures

5:00 PANEL - Shifting to a decentralised energy system: addressing technical, commercial, and regulatory challenges

  • Utility integration
  • Network services
  • Electricity prices
  • Smart grids

Jay Rutovitz, Project Director, UTS Institute of Sustainable Futures
Donald McPhail, Senior Network Strategy and Policy Engineer, Ergon Energy
Greg Garvin, Executive General Manager / People, Strategy and Stakeholders, TransGrid
Elena Basic, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Panel Chair: Simon Franklin, Managing Director, IT Power

5.30 Networking drinks

Friday 29th April 2016

Day One | Day Two

8:30 Morning coffee

8.50 Opening remarks from the Chair

Giles Parkinson, Founder and Editor, RenewEconomy

Ministerial Address ACT

Simon Corbell MLA, Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, ACT

9:20 Ministerial Address SA

The Hon. Ian Hunter MLC, Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, SA


9:40 National Community Energy Strategy

  • Community energy models
  • Finance and funding
  • Capacity building
  • Profile raising and stakeholder support
  • Policy and regulatory reform

Nicky Ison, Founding Director, Community Power Agency

10:00 Lessons from Sydney Renewable Power Company

  • What has been achieved
  • How this has been done
  • Lessons for other projects
  • Next iterations of community solar projects

Andy Cavanagh-Downs, Director, Sydney Renewable Power Company, and Executive Director, Embark

10:25 Harnessing People Power

From a Property Developer's perspective, how can the wider Community be engaged to participate in large-scale energy generation that delivers triple-bottom-line benefits for a Building Owner? Darling Harbour Live, the new convention centre precinct in Sydney, is in the process of finding out.

This session will explore some insights into;

  • Connecting underutilised rooftops with willing investors
  • Finding the right Community Enabler
  • Establishing a workable contractual arrangement
  • Delivering Certainty and Minimising Risk

Matt Williams, Sustainability Manager NSW & ACT Building, Lendlease

10:50 Networking and refreshment break

11:20 Lighthouse Community Energy Project

  • Developing an effective and scalable community energy financing program by partnering with a local financial institution which issues Community Clean Energy Bonds (CCEB) to retail investors. CCEB’s are a form of retail bonds with a fixed maturity date and earning a fixed rate of interest, certified under the global Climate Bond Standard
  • This novel and highly innovative method makes it easier for members of the community to invest in a portfolio of community energy projects that they are passionate about

Alec Roberts, Chair, Clean Energy Association of Newcastle and Surrounds (CLEANaS)

11:40 SunCrowd and Repower Shoalhaven

Chris Cooper, President, Repower Shoalhaven

12:00 Can the shared economy offer a path to local & community solar?

  • Distributed energy is increasingly creating consumer value versus grid power
  • For much of the population though (renters, homes that are unsuitable and apartments) accessing solar is infeasible
  • Local energy collectives can overcome investment hurdles but fairly apportioning costs and benefits requires more than financial mechanisms

Chris Mrakas, CEO & Co-founder, Matter

12:20 PANEL DISCUSSION: Community energy

Discussing current opportunities and barriers for local energy project implementations

  • Partnership and business models for community energy
  • Community and stakeholder engagement
  • Evaluating regulatory issues
  • Investment regulation including equity crowd funding reform
  • Role of enabling technologies for the long term sustainability of renewable energy projects
  • Finance and funding options
  • Contract agreements
  • Long term impact of community energy projects on the energy market

Panel Chair: Amy Kean, NSW Renewable Energy Advocate
Andy Cavanagh-Downs, Director, Sydney Renewable Power Company
Bruce Thompson, Director, Major Projects, Moreland Energy Foundation
Toby Roxburgh, Director, Beast Solutions
Dr Christina Kirsch, Director, ClearSky Solar Investments
Cr Mathew Dickerson, Mayor of Dubbo

1:00 Lunch

2:00 WORKSHOP facilitated by ARENA

ARENA supported the National Strategy for Community Energy (C4CE) and is currently supporting a Community Energy Financing Tool-kit as a key action that emerged from the National Strategy. ARENA continues to see significant potential for community energy in Australia but also recognises that such projects are diverse and face many challenges that can be common to other renewable energy projects.

ARENA’s current Investment Plan highlights capacity building, reducing costs and developing innovative business models as possible areas where ARENA investment may have an impact on the uptake of community energy in Australia.

The purpose of the workshop is to:

  • Discuss briefly relevant ARENA projects, including those focused on community energy
  • Discuss challenges and priorities for community energy and explore where these overlap with other ARENA funding priorities
  • Discuss alternative approaches that could be considered to make accessing funding more efficient for community energy projects (e.g. lower transaction costs)
  • Discuss the role of other stakeholders and sources of funding

Dan Sturrock, ARENA
Phil Cohn, ARENA

4:00 End of the Conference

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