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Australian Renewable Energy Zones Conference

Delivering renewable energy opportunities, innovation, investment, infrastructure and jobs to regional Australia

19-20 May 2021 | Live at the Swissotel Sydney & Delivered Virtually

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Early bird rate $2,795 + GST - expires 30 April 2021

overview

Informa Australia is delighted to be holding the forthcoming Australian Renewable Energy Zones Conference, which will be held on the 19-20 May 2021 at the Swissotel Sydney.

The renewable energy industry is moving forward at a rapid pace providing opportunities for companies and communities. This event is perfectly timed to bring key stakeholders together to discuss the latest developments and initiatives in the recently announced Renewable Energy Zones (REZ).

In order to ensure reliable and affordable energy supply for energy consumers, State Governments are planning to invest in the creation of a growing number of REZ to help unlock a significant pipeline of large-scale renewable energy and storage projects while supporting private sector investment in regional Australia.  Renewable energy investment will help replace ageing coal-fired power stations, transforming the region and bringing investment into the local community.

By coordinating development in a strategic way, renewables energy zones also help us get the land use planning right, and renewables built in places that work for the community, developers and cost efficiency.

Join us to explore Australia’s REZ opportunities and developments.

Our key topics Include:

  • The need for REZ and potential impact and opportunity for regional Australia
  • The role REZ can play in regional area’s clean recovery from COVID-19
  • A look at state & local initiatives, policy and future plans for potentially 35 new zones
  • Development & investment opportunities and considerations
  • Transmission – Overcoming the barriers to achieve success….there’s no one size fits all approach
  • Stimulating regional investment, job growth, innovative infrastructure and creating thriving communities
  • Community engagement and social license
  • Stakeholder representation and strategies to ensure local content and jobs for the regions we operate in
  • The role of transparency, collaboration, alliances and clear communication to achieve success
  • Case Studies – Updates from renewable developers on their operational assets and proposed projects
  • Technology outlook

Spaces are strictly limited, don’t miss out on your chance to reconnect in 2021 and secure your all access pass today.

speakers

The Hon. Matthew Kean MP

Minister for Energy and Environment, NSW Government

The Hon. Mick de Brenni

Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen and Minister for Public Works and Procurement, Queensland Government

The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio MP

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Victorian Government

The Hon. Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP

Minister for Energy and Mining, South Australian Government

Bobby Vidakovic

Director, Clean Futures, Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Richard Lowe

Executive Manager, Business Growth, TransGrid

Simon Franklin

Managing Director, ITP Developments

Christian Reilly

Director, Altura Group

Kim Nguyen

Director, Head of Australia, Foresight Group

Simon Currie

Principal, Energy Estate

Chloe Hicks

Director, Energy Infrastructure and Zones, NSW Department of Planning & Environment

Anh Mai

Executive Director, Renewable Energy Zones, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Victoria

Meredith Anderson

Development Manager, Asset Development, Engie

Chris Jack

Senior Principal - Environment Sydney, pitt&sherry

Leanne Caelers

Director, Renewable Energy Zones | Energy Division, Department of Energy and Public Works, Queensland Government

Ash Salardini

General Manager, Trade and Economics, National Farmers’ Federation

Jacqueline Bridge

General Manager – Energy Markets (Acting), Powerlink

Lane Crockett

Head of Renewable Energy Infrastructure, Impact Investment Group

Emma Fishburn

Lead Director, Energy Transition, Deloitte

Prof Rose Amal

Scientia professor, UNSW

Killian Wentrup

Head of Solar Development, UPC\AC Renewables Australia

Bess Clark

General Manager - Project Marinus, TasNetworks

Tim Kennedy

Partner, Gilbert + Tobin

Lillian Patterson

Director Energy Transformation, Clean Energy Council

Craig Memery

Policy Team Leader, Energy + Water, Consumers’ Advocacy Program, Public Interest Advocacy Centre

agenda

8:30 am

Registration and Morning Coffee

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

9:10 am

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT KEYNOTE ADDRESS

The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio MP, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Victorian Government

9:30 am

NSW GOVERNMENT KEYNOTE ADDRESS

The Hon. Matthew Kean MP, Minister for Energy and Environment, NSW Government

9:40 am

QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT KEYNOTE ADDRESS

The Hon. Mick de Brenni, Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen and Minister for Public Works and Procurement, Queensland Government

10:00 am

  • Current situation and predicted change
  • Long term planning & security
  • Unlocking Australia’s full renewable energy potential

10:30 am

Renewable projects among Australia’s highest infrastructure priorities

10:50 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:20 am

Coordination and strategic planning is the key to success

Anh Mai, Executive Director, Renewable Energy Zones, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Victoria

11:45 am

Overview of Queensland Renewable Energy Zones

Leanne Caelers, Director, Renewable Energy Zones | Energy Division, Department of Energy and Public Works, Queensland Government

12:10 pm

Session to be advised

12:35 pm

Community interest - New investment models, cost recovery and risk sharing

Craig Memery, Policy Team Leader, Energy + Water, Consumers’ Advocacy Program, Public Interest Advocacy Centre

1:00 pm

Networking and Lunch break

2:00 pm

CASE STUDY | Uralla Renewables Energy Hub and the broader Walcha Energy Project

Simon Currie, Principal, Energy Estate

2:25 pm

What longer-term, broader transmission access reform is needed?

2:50 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION | Rethinking the role of transmission in transitioning to renewables

Jacqueline Bridge, General Manager – Energy Markets (Acting), Powerlink

Richard Lowe, Executive Manager, Business Growth, TransGrid

Bess Clark, General Manager - Project Marinus, TasNetworks

Moderator: Tim Kennedy, Partner, Gilbert + Tobin

3:30 pm

Networking and refreshment break

4:00 pm

Emerging technologies for Renewable Power-to-X : Opportunities and Challenges

Prof Rose Amal, Scientia professor, UNSW

4:20 pm

Hear from some leading companies working at the forefront of this industry in developing technological breakthroughs, that will help propel the Australian Renewable Energy industry forward.

4:55 pm

CASE STUDY | Central West Pumped Hydro

Christian Reilly, Director, Altura Group

5:20 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair and Networking drinks

8:30 am

Registration and Morning Coffee

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

9:10 am

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT KEYNOTE ADDRESS

The Hon. Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP, Minister for Energy and Mining, South Australian Government

9:25 am

  • Key investment considerations
  • Building investor confidence
  • Are banks are getting more comfortable with the risks associated with renewables projects and less conservative in their lending?
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • CEFC’s role in supporting REZs
  • Transmission network expansion – What’s needed to attract new investment?

10:10 am

CASE STUDY | Hills of Gold Wind Farm

Meredith Anderson, Development Manager, Asset Development, Engie

11:00 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:35 am

Renewable Energy Zones in NSW

Chloe Hicks, Director, Energy Infrastructure and Zones, NSW Department of Planning & Environment

12:00 pm

  • Competitive advantage for REZ in regional and rural areas
  • The importance of consultation with landowners and local governments
  • Place-based economic development
  • Impacts (positive and negative) and challenges to rural communities and industries

12:25 pm

CASE STUDY | Orange Community Renewable Energy Park

Simon Franklin, Managing Director, ITP Developments

12:50 pm

Networking and Lunch break

1:50 pm

  • Community Benefit Schemes -maximise local and regional benefits
  • Ensuring local workers and industries reap the economic benefits of the transition to renewable electricity whilst also considering the best interests of electricity customers
  • Partnering for productivity – Wind and solar opportunities and addition income opportunities for agricultural producers

2:20 pm

Unique perspectives on navigating the complexities of securing environmental approvals for Renewable Projects

Chris Jack, Senior Principal - Environment Sydney, pitt&sherry

3:05 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

3:15 pm

Close of Conference

sponsors

pricing

Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$3195$2795+GST Early Bird Rate Early Bird Rate
Virtual Pass$1350+GST

Package(Two Days)- Face to Face

  • Early bird: $2,795 + GST (register before 30/04/2021)
  • Standard: $3,195 + GST (Register from 01/05/2021)

Virtual Pass includes:

  • Dedicated live stream page
  • Unique stream login pass
  • Full access to live Q&A
  • On-Demand access for up to 2-months
  • Access to the event networking tool during the event

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

RECONNECT AND RE-ENGAGE WITH YOUR INDUSTRY COLLEAGUES

There are many opportunities for networking, making this not just a conference… but an all-encompassing industry “experience”.

Event sponsorship or exhibiting will allow your organisation to:

  • Build relationships with potential and existing clients
  • Generate leads from a high-level, targeted audience
  • Close sales in a more personal manner than via phone
  • Demonstrate your product in person
  • Network with the industry
  • Build brand awareness

To see what is on offer please contact:

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
E: Megan.Rogulski@informa.com.au
T: +61 (0)2 9080 4030

COVID Safe

The event will be held in a COVID-safe format, with an online streaming option also available. There are limited places for face to face conference passes so register now to avoid disappointment.

As the world’s leading events’ organiser, Informa has developed a detailed set of enhanced measures to provide the highest level of hygiene and safety at its events, providing everyone with reassurance and confidence they are participating in a safe and controlled environment.

For additional information, please see our complete list of commitments on how we’ll keep this event AllSecure: www.informa.com.au/allsecure/

when & where

19 - 20 May 2021

Live at the Swissotel Sydney & Delivered Virtually
68 Market St,
Sydney NSW 2000

The event will be held in a COVID-safe format, with limited places for face to face delegates and an online streaming option also available

Swissotel Sydney Special Accommodation Rate: 10% discount off best available rate at the time of booking. In order to qualify, please call the Reservations Team on 02 9238 8888 between 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday or email res.sydney@swissotel.com and quote INFORMA

contact

Still have a question?

Alexandra Bennet
Conference Manager
+61 (2) 9080 4315
Alex.Bennet@informa.com

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
+61 (2) 9080 4030
Megan.Rogulski@informa.com.au

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