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Demand Response Conference 2018

Meeting the challenges of Australia’s energy requirements

26-27 February | Swissotel, Sydney

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Bringing together key individuals and organisations at the forefront of demand response in Australia


As detailed by the Finkel Review, the need for market reform and smarter ways to ensure security is clear. The joint initiative for demand response trials between ARENA and AEMO demonstrates the key role demand response will play in this reform.

Following our successful series of events in the energy sector, Informa is delighted to present the inaugural Demand Response conference. Bringing together key individuals and organisations at the forefront of demand response within Australia.

Key topics discussed at the event will include:

  • The critical role of demand response in a modern energy system
  • The AEMO and ARENA trials
  • Case studies of demand response in operation
  • Empowering informed consumers
  • Shifting consumer perception
  • Examining the differing systems of demand response
  • Regulatory aspects of demand response
  • The role of pricing and tariffs
  • Future innovation needed for effective demand response
  • The role of EVs
  • Technologies that will enable successful DR





9:00 am

Chair’s opening comments

David Evans, Director of Projects and Engineering, Flow Power

9:10 am

  • The role of DR in a modern energy system
  • Activities AEMO is undertaking in the DR space
  • Initial outcomes from DR in reserve, including AEMO/ARENA trials

9:45 am

ARENA - What we learnt this summer

Mr Philip Cohn, Strategy Specialist, ARENA

10:20 am

Morning coffee

10:55 am

Jeff Renaud will share perspectives from EnerNOC’s seven years as an independent DR aggregator in the NEM, including EnerNOC’s experience providing DR services to networks, retailers, the ARENA/ AEMO trail, and the FCAS markets.

Jeff will discuss the work EnerNOC is doing to build faster, firmer DR resources that will help NEM remain reliable and secure in the future NEM with high penetrations of VRE generation and five minute settlement.

11:30 am

  • The story of our technology – the kWatch Intelligent Controller
  • The learnings from summer – what worked and what didn’t
  • The next steps – how Flow Power is reconnecting customers to market signals

12:05 pm

  • What will demand response mean for 2018 and beyond
  • What will industry need to do for future success
  • Future energy stability in Australia

12:40 pm

Lunch and networking

1:50 pm

An advanced metering platform has created value for Horizon Power, reducing network and retail costs and improving timeliness and accuracy of billing. Horizon is now leveraging this platform to inform and empower consumers that will assist the sustainable transition high penetration Distributed Energy Resources.

The presentation will cover the information now being digitally presented to customers on a daily and hourly basis and how that information is being used to create a new level of engagement with our customers.

2:25 pm

How Energy Queensland is delivering on demand response

Ana Smith de Perez, General Manager Intelligent Grid Solutions Asset Safety & Performance, Energy Queensland

3:00 pm

  • Charging – what is a realistic mix?
  • Soft charging: at home and at work – slow and manageable
  • Hard charging: fast charging on the road – how to tame it
  • Other charging – where and what impacts; how to control

3:35 pm

Afternoon tea

3:55 pm

  • We need to optimise DR in each of six parts of the system and market (Distribution, transmission, retail, wholesale, ancillary service and behind the meter) before we can call it efficient
  • What ‘optimal’ DR looks like in all of those parts of the system/ market
  • What policy and regulatory changes we need to get to that point

4:25 pm

  • Targeting network limitations with residential engagement initiatives
  • Aligning land use planning and network planning to maximise DM
  • Cross sector data sharing opportunities

5:00 pm

Close of day one and networking drinks

9:00 am

Opening remarks from the Chair

Gavin Dietz, CEO, Wattwatchers

9:10 am

EnergyAustralia’s role in demand response

Sal Tringali, Head of Network Solutions, EnergyAustralia

9:45 am

  • Covering the Powershop experience with residential demand response
  • What has consumer uptake of demand response been?
  • What changes has there been to customer bills and energy peaks

10:20 am

  • DR and beyond – delivering frequency regulation with residential loads
  • Improve customer engagement while engaging them with DR programs
  • Learn from experiences from different European markets with several thousand installations

10:55 am

Morning coffee

11:25 am

  • Energy intelligence as an enabler
  • Achieving mass diffusion of DR technologies
  • Business models for adoption

12:00 pm

  • A customer lead energy transition is underway as DERs are being deployed across the nation
  • As a sector, we need to engage with and incentivize participation to support the grid
  • Decentralised markets are a key mechanism to facilitate this customer participation whilst ensuring the security of the grid

12:35 pm

Startups and Demand Response: activity, barriers and opportunities

James Tilbury, Operations Director, EnergyLab

1:10 pm

Lunch and networking

2:10 pm

Circuit-level electricity data from behind the utility billing meter will enable four key strategies for controlling electrical loads in the home:

1. The finger – every home has a number of them and fingers can be motivated to turn things on and off via well targeted communications informed by real-time energy data

2. Switching – purpose-installed devices to control over the air to energise or de-energise loads like air-conditioning units and pool pumps, or block solar export, timed with critical times for grid stability

3. Cloud tools – working with a growing range of off-the-shelf remote control devices and cloud-based support services (‘Siri, cool my home from my solar’)

4. Energy-specific solutions – more traditional energy sector devices like Demand Response Enabling Devices (DREDs)

2:45 pm

  • The role of DR in an integrated energy management plan
  • How to identify opportunities to generate revenue from load curtailment and onsite generation
  • Case study – DR in action

3:20 pm

Beyond DR: Innovative policy and regulation to unlock Demand Management potential

Chris Dunstan, Research Director, University of Technology, Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures

3:55 pm

Chair’s closing comments

4:10 pm

Close of conference


Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$2995+GSTEarly Bird


David Evans

Director of Projects and Engineering, Flow Power

Violette Mouchaileh

Group Manager Market Enhancement, AEMO

Mr Philip Cohn

Strategy Specialist, ARENA

Jeffrey Renaud

VP and MD Asia Pacific, EnerNoc

Travis Hughes

Head of Market Development, New Energy, AGL

Geoff White

Project Director retail Strategy Projects, Horizon Power

Ana Smith de Perez

General Manager Intelligent Grid Solutions Asset Safety & Performance, Energy Queensland

Clive Attwater

National Vice-President, Tasmania State Treasurer, Australian Electric Vehicle Association

Craig Memery

Policy Team Leader Energy and Water, Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC)

Scott McKenry

Executive Officer, Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action

Gavin Dietz

CEO, Wattwatchers

Sal Tringali

Head of Network Solutions, EnergyAustralia

Michael Benveniste

Head of Commercial and Strategy, Powershop

Sandra Trittin

Co-Founder, Head of Business Development & Marketing, tiko energy solutions Ltd

Philip Livingston

Managing Director, Redback Technologies

Matthew Coleman

General Manager of Network Solutions, Greensync

James Tilbury

Operations Director, EnergyLab

Megan Houghton

Executive General Manager Energy Solution, ERM Power

Chris Dunstan

Research Director, University of Technology, Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures

when & where

26 - 27 Feb 2018

Swissotel, Sydney
68 Market Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
02 9238 8888

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Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship & Exhibition Manager
+61 2 9080 4030

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