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The New Landscape - Challenges and Opportunities



DAY ONE - Monday 22nd November 2021

All times are AWST, Local Perth time

8:45am - 10:00am     Welcome and Official Opening

 Keynote Address on Evolution and Challenges in our Electricity Industry

  • Mr Peter Price, Executive GM - Energy Queensland 
  • Mr Michael Bielinski,  Chief Executive Officer - Siemens Energy Australia

10:00am - 10:30am     Morning Tea in Exhibition Area

10:30 - 12:15pm      Opening Plenary

“Is the Electricity Supply Industry in Revolution or Evolution?”

•        CEO – Western Power Mr Ed Kalajzic                                                    

•        CEO – Horizon Power Ms Stephanie Unwin                                            

•        CEO – Synergy Mr Jason Waters

•        Coordinator of Energy - Energy Policy WA (EPWA) – Kate Ryan 

•        Exec GM WA - AEMO - Mr Cameron Parrotte

12:15pm - 1:10pm     Lunch served in Exhibition Area

1:10pm - 2:50pm      Session 3

Session 3A: Do our Regulations Enable or Block?

Regulating through the energy transition - the AER experience and case studies - Mark Feather, Australian Energy Regulator


Anticipated NEM rules redesign following security paper release in Jan – David Swift, Energy Security Board  


Building Common Sense into Competition, Rules and Regulations - Dr Robert Barr AM, Electric Power Consulting


Session 3B  -  Overcoming the New Challenges

Resolving interoperability challenges in connecting diverse DER fleets to the grid – Dr Andrew Mears, SwitchDin


A Gigawatt Wind Farm at NEM - Grid Connection Challenges – Dr Lasantha  Perera, APD Engineering


Hybrid Microgrid Solutions: New Developments. Applications around Australia  -  Rod Hayes, Balance Services Group

2:50pm - 3:20pm     Afternoon Tea in Exhibition Area

3:20pm - 5:00pm      Session 4

Session 4A: The Problems caused by DER in the Network

DER impacts on Power Network under frequency load shedding – Daena Ho, AEMO


Contingency Management in a High Distributed PV Environment - Rachel Tandy, AEMO


Enhancement of Power Grid Transmission limits using Solar PV inverter Technology at Night (Q at Night) and Day  -  Hardus de Wet & Sunil Verma, FGC Consulting Group


Session 4B: Managing DER in the Network

Smart Sun - Horizon Power's Regional Virtual Power Plant  - Andy Kondola, Horizon Power  


Residential Behavioural Demand Response Program - Bani Tachril -  United Energy


Prioject Symphony – Western Australia's Energy Furture – Andrew Blaver, Western Power


5:00pm - 9:00pm      Networking Drinks and Conference Dinner 

"Alchemy in Energy and in Us" with Guest Speaker Doug Aberle

Sponsored by GHD


DAY TWO - Tuesday 23rd November 2021

7:00am - 8:30am     Optional Breakfast Keynote Session - tickets available now

"The Best is Yet to Be" with Kim Hughes, former Captain, Australian Cricket Team & WA Cricket Association Selector  

Sponsored by Dulhunty Poles

8:45am - 10:25am     Session 5

Session 5A: Clever Uses of Storage in the Network

The role of hydropower storage in grid reliability and resilience – Cameron McCulloch, Hydro Tasmania


Pole Top Grid Connected Battery Energy Storage Program – Joseph Naveen, United Energy


The Advantages of Flow Batteries - Steven Hickey, Redflow



Session 5B: Energy Storage Problems and Solutions

BESS Lessons Learned  -  Marcel Oosthuizen, GHD          


Grid forming energy storage with microgrid controls provides green hydrogen, enhanced reliability, reduced site costs and lower emissions. ATCO Clean Energy Innovation Hub (A Case Study). – Stephen Sproul, Hitachi Energy


Operationalising DER (Lessons learned from BESS projects) - Cameron Owens, Synergy 

10:25am - 10:50am     Morning Tea in Exhibition Area

10:50am - 12:35pm     Session 6

Session 6A:  Adding Hydrogen to the Mix

Generation and grid requirements to power large scale ammonia bunkering at Australian ports – Martin Hay, KBR Engineering


Transitioning Onslow Microgrid to 100% Renewable Energy Operation – Lee Uchich, Horizon Power      


Grid forming energy storage with microgrid controls provides green hydrogen, enhanced reliability, reduced site costs and lower emissions. ATCO Clean Energy Innovation Hub.  -  Mehdi Toufan and Dr Mansour Mohseni ATCO/APD Engineering


Session 6B:  What has Worked Well & Work in Progress

Load Shedding Scheme in an Islanded Power System: Case Study -  Leonardo Torelli, CSE Universe    


The High Voltage DC Marinus Link - Stephen Clark, Tas Networks


Update on managing network low voltages & stability – Ben Bristow, Western Power




12:35pm - 1:25pm      Lunch served in Exhibition Area

1:25pm - 2:50pm     Session 7

Session 7A: Whatr are the Solutions for Tomorrow

Cigré tutorial on Fibre Reinforced Poles  -  Peter Dulhunty, Dulhunty Poles      


Let’s look at the ultimate goal - Net Zero Emissions by 2050 – Ian Nichols, Independant Consultant 


Driving Earthing Risk Down  -  Bill Tocher, Safearth





Session 7B: Cleaver Ways to Manage Assets 

Machine Learning driving the shift to condition-based asset management and optimising remaining useful life -  Dr Naser Hashemnia, Hitachi Energy


Distribution Fault Anticipation Waveform Diagnostics Technology, Applied to Proactive Asset Management of MV/HV Feeders… Changing the way the Distribution Industry does business.  -  Keith Gilby, Lord Consulting       


Using High-Resolution Oscillography to Improve the Performance of Controlled Switching for Transformers – Brett Hampson, SEL 

2:50pm - 3:15pm      Afternoon Tea in Exhibition Area

3:15pm - 5:10pm      Closing Plenary –-“What to do now? – A personal perspective”   

  • VIP Speaker - Hon Bill Johnston, MLA. WA Minister for Energy                                             
  • VIP Speaker – Dr Robert Barr                                                                             
  • VIP Speaker – Miranda Taylor – CEO, NERA                                                 
  • VIP Speaker – Adam Osseiran – Hydrogen Society                                           
  • VIP Speaker – Gary Bryant - General Manager Asset Strategy, Alinta Energy


5:10pm - 5:30pm      Closing remarks  - Jeff Allen EESA National President

Presenting of Best Papers, "Conway and Cresswell" Awards

API Poster Paper Awards, presented David Ponting, API