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EECON 2021

The New Energy Landscape – Challenges and Opportunities

The WA Chapter together with the National Council is proud to have presented the 2021 National Electric Energy Conference in Perth, addressing the issues found to deliver clean energy, sustainably and economically.

You need to ask yourself, are you up to date with the changes in our Electric Energy industry. Are you up to date with the changes and technological developments, the falling costs of renewable generation and batteries, the rise of SAPS an increasingly viable way of supplying power, particularly in remote areas? The surge in VRE, utility-scale variable renewable generation, which has a different character to traditional generation – and that is – it is highly variable. Have you thought about the big disrupter, the cost versus pricing model in each network? Do we want export charging introduced, how are we going to encourage self-consumption with electric vehicles and household batteries? DER integration is a major challenge. The blunt reality is, we will end up stuck in a world where we have more pressure for networks to increase spending on solar enablement, more zero export limits, and more solar curtailment. Who is holding the responsibility for the right trade-off between cost, reliability, and security? We want you to come to Perth and get a full 360 Degrees experience. We offer an excellent networking opportunity, especially in this time of change. The role of EESA is to nurture and grow our industry capability, and future engineering and safety leaders who are going to be the future innovators, influencers, and change-makers. The 2021 Conference provided a key forum to grow collective knowledge and understanding of engineering, technology, risks, and solutions and their impact on our industry.

EECON 2021 conference will update you on the New Energy Landscape, its Challenges, and Opportunities. You can decide whether our industry is going through an “Evolution” or is this a “Revolution”?

We invite you to decide for yourself.

Did you know that Alessandro Volta invented the electric battery in 1799? He discovered that electricity could be generated chemically and made to flow evenly through a conductor in a closed circuit. He built a battery, known as a Voltaic pile, made of alternating copper and zinc discs, with each pair of metals separated by flannel soaked in weak acid.

One of the first major breakthroughs in electricity occurred in 1831 when British scientist Michael Faraday discovered the basic principles of electricity generation. 1835 Joseph Henry invented the electrical relay, used to send electrical currents long distances. 1837 Thomas Davenport invented the electric motor, an invention that is used in most electrical appliances today. 1884 Nikola Tesla invented the electric alternator, an electric generator that produces alternating current (AC). Until this time electricity had been generated using direct current (DC) from batteries. AC electrical systems are better for sending electricity over long distances.

Electricity started with a +ve and -ve cell and used batteries for storage. Are we revolving our original technology to revert to batteries to harness our Natural Resources to power our future industries? One of the biggest barriers to the renewable energy revolution is working out how to store power when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow.

Our opening plenary session “Is the electricity supply industry in revolution or evolution?”

Our closing plenary session: “What to do now? – A personal perspective”

What is your spin on what is happening, are we in a revolution or is our industry just evolving?

EECON 2021 covered the changes that are happening in Australia and the challenges still to be met to reach the nirvana of cheap, renewable energy for all.  There is clear daylight between the aspirations of many experts in the media and the current projects being undertaken at present as well as a wealth of misinformation and mistrust reported in the media today. 

The conference presented a constructive dialogue on addressing the issues found to deliver clean energy, sustainably and economically, through stimulating discussions and debates by leading global experts who will bring a wealth of experience from all over the world.  It will also provide trends, steps, and examples already taken, by industry and with industry to achieve renewable replacements of fossil fuel energy.