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South Australia Energy Developments Conference

The key networking forum for South Australia’s dynamic energy sector

18-19 June 2024 | Adelaide Convention Centre

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Join us in June for the South Australia Energy Developments Conference, where we showcase the state’s pioneering efforts in the global energy transition. South Australia is at the forefront, aiming for 100% net renewables by 2030. According to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), renewable energy could make up around 85% of the state’s energy mix by 2025/2026. With over A$6 billion already invested in large-scale renewable energy and storage projects, and a further A$20 billion in the investment pipeline, South Australia is committed to various initiatives including large-scale renewable energy generation and storage, distributed energy resources, hydrogen production, energy efficiency, zero-emission vehicles, supply chain optimization, and low-carbon technology adoption to achieve its ambitious targets.

Co-located with the Australian Hydrogen Conference (East), this premier event will bring together the state’s dynamic energy industry. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore leading-edge case studies on the latest developments in solar, wind, battery storage, renewable energy zones (REZ), and transmission. Beyond knowledge sharing, this conference offers a unique platform for networking and fostering connections within the industry.

Topics will include:

  • South Australian energy market
  • Government policy and updates
  • Case studies of clean energy projects including wind farms, large scale-solar, battery storage, community batteries
  • Transmission infrastructure developments
  • Investments for the roll-out of energy projects
  • Decarbonising operations
  • Engaging with First Nations and community
  • Clean energy supply chain
  • The latest advances in clean energy technology
  • Community engagement in the construction of energy projects
  • Skilled workforce shortages and the renewable energy transition


Hon Tom Koutsantonis MP

Minister for Energy and Mining, Government of South Australia

Rainer Korte

Chief Operating Officer, ElectraNet

Kristin Raman

Head of Strategy and Sustainability, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG)

Nipun Arora

Development Director, EnergyAustralia

Richard Petterson

Chief Executive Officer, Tindo Solar

Graham Davies

Associate Principal | South Australia Energy and Resources Lead, Arup

Jay Gordon

Energy Finance Analyst, Australian Electricity, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA)

Jessica Morris

Chief Customer and Strategy Officer, SA Power Networks

Dr Paul Heithersay

Chief Executive, Department for Energy and Mining, Government of South Australia

Leon Cermak

Community Virtual Power Plant Manager – Australia and New Zealand, Tesla

Professor Michael Goodsite

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Energy Futures), Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Resources, Division of Research and Innovation, University of Adelaide

Dr Ariella Helfgott

Director of Strategic Foresight, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Government of South Australia

Madeline Richardson

Deputy Chief Executive, Head of Skills SA, Department for Education SA

Edit Mucsi

Director, Minerals and Energy, Invest SA, Department for Trade and Investment

Jordan Parham

Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships Director, HILT CRC

Joel Alexander

Managing Director & CEO, Pacific Green Technologies

Callan Markwick

Executive Director, Industry and Workforce Capability, Department for Industry, Innovation and Science

Alexandra McIntosh

Investment Director, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

Sabiene Heindl

Chief Executive Officer, The Energy Charter

Lisa Lumsden

Senior Projects Officer, The Next Economy

Chris Davies

Group Manager, Future Energy Systems, AEMO

Sam Crafter

Chief Executive Officer, Office of Hydrogen Power South Australia

Jennie Burdeniuk

Future Energy Leader - SA, GHD

Dr Ian Overton

Principal, Natural Economy


8:30 am

Registration & Morning Coffee


9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

9:10 am

OPENING MINISTERIAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Government of South Australia keynote address

Hon Tom Koutsantonis MP, Minister for Energy and Mining, Government of South Australia

9:30 am

South Australia’s hydrogen journey

Sam Crafter, Chief Executive Officer, Office of Hydrogen Power South Australia

9:50 am

The Hydrogen Headstart Program

Alexandra McIntosh, Investment Director, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

10:10 am

Networking and refreshment break


10:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

11:00 am

  • South Australia’s world leading clean energy transition.
  • Major electricity transmission projects update.
  • Electricity demand growth and renewable energy outlook.
  • Transmission developments enabling growth and least cost outcomes for South Australian customers.

11:25 am

  • This talk will discuss examples of energy research and innovation strengths at the University of Adelaide
  • How our research is being deployed to address opportunities and challenges for and across our State as it moves towards its future energy system
  • Plans for contributing to the future workforce needed by the sector

11:50 am

  • South Australia’s renewable energy potential extends beyond wind and solar to biomethane and hydrogen
  • A whole of system approach is required to deliver a sustainable transition for all customers and we have infrastructure to enable it
  • This presentation will outline the renewable gas potential across the state; real-life experience across plant, network and customer derived from Australia’s largest renewable hydrogen electrolyser – Hydrogen Park South Australia; and the next steps to deliver a reliable and sustainable future energy solution

12:15 pm

Clean energy workforce and industrial opportunities

Callan Markwick, Executive Director, Industry and Workforce Capability, Department for Industry, Innovation and Science

12:40 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:50 pm

Flagship medium duration Hallett BESS project in SA

Nipun Arora, Development Director, EnergyAustralia

1:15 pm

  • South Australia’s Distributed Energy Transformation
  • The critical importance of flexibility in an efficient renewable energy power system
  • Ensuring an efficient and equitable energy transition for South Australian customers

2:40 pm

  • Imported vs sovereign capability tension
  • Supply chain risks and opportunities
  • The benefits not so well known
  • To make or not to make, that is the question

3:05 pm

Networking and refreshment break

3:40 pm

  • The financial case for transitioning to efficient electric appliances
  • The challenges and risks of alternative gases in buildings
  • Implications for gas distribution networks

4:05 pm

Storing up for the future: creating the right energy storage portfolio to enable net-zero in Australia

Joel Alexander, Managing Director & CEO, Pacific Green Technologies

4:30 pm

Session to be advised

Jennie Burdeniuk, Future Energy Leader - SA, GHD

4:55 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

5:05 pm

Networking Drinks Function

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Jennie Burdeniuk, Future Energy Leader - SA, GHD

9:10 am


Dr Paul Heithersay, Chief Executive, Department for Energy and Mining, Government of South Australia

9:40 am

  • wiseGRID elements
  • Affordable, reliable, quality and clean energy
  • Renewable generation, storage and demand response systems

10:05 am

  • Current state of energy investments in South Australia
  • The challenges and opportunities for renewable energy projects
  • The role of government policies and regulations in supporting energy investments
  • The potential for new financing models and technologies to drive renewable energy growth,
  • The impact of energy investments on job creation, economic growth, and environmental sustainability

10:45 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:15 am

  • SA VPP
  • Energy Equity
  • Future market trends and how we get to net-zero in an equitable and low-cost way

11:40 am

  • South Australia’s transition to a circular and regenerative economy
  • Energy systems role in sustainability
  • Economic development opportunities in climate and biodiversity
  • Nature positive solutions

12:05 pm

Strategic Foresight for South Australia’s Net-Zero Green Economic Transformation

Dr Ariella Helfgott, Director of Strategic Foresight, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Government of South Australia

12:30 pm

  • Australia is leading the world in its progress towards predominantly renewable-energy based power systems, and South Australia is at the forefront.
  • This talk will explore the work underway to transition Australia’s power systems towards an increasing reliance on variable, inverter-based, and distributed generation and some of the areas in which South Australia is leading the way

12:45 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:50 pm

  • Skills policy landscape
  • Responding to skill shortages
  • Partnerships and future directions

2:15 pm

  • HILT CRC’s research and vision to support decarbonisation of iron ore/steel, alumina and cement/lime sectors
  • Projects relating to South Australia’s clean energy and green industry opportunities, including:
    • Green iron and steel
    • Decarbonising cement production
    • Hydrogen
    • Policy and regulation

2:40 pm

The latest advances in energy technology

3:05 pm

  • Best practices for working with community leaders and organisations to build trust and establish partnerships.
  • The role of policy and government in promoting community engagement and supporting the transition to clean energy.

3:50 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair & END OF CONFERENCE


Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$3999+GST
Extras Price
Streamly Access Pass $495+GST

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities


The South Australia Energy Developments Conference, brings together key industry stakeholders from SA and interstate.

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:
Valerie Pogrebizhsky – Sponsorship Manager
+61 (0) 2 9080 4362

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when & where

18 - 19 Jun 2024

Adelaide Convention Centre
North Terrace,
Adelaide SA 5000


Still have a question?

General Information & Registration
Customer Service
+61 2 9080 4307

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities
Valerie Pogrebizhsky
+61 (0) 2 9080 4362

Speaking Enquiries
Aya Mersal
+61 2 9080 4338

Marketing & Media Enquiries
Paul O’Connor

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