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    Large Scale Solar | Energy Storage Summit | Off Grid Power

    23-24 March 2021
    ICC Sydney

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Overview

Through the tumultuous year that was 2020, the Nation’s Energy sector has continued to push forward and deliver what we need to ensure the NEM’s successful transition. We saw the release of AEMO’s long anticipated ISP, Tasmania ratifying an official 200% renewables target and the east coast states embracing Renewable Energy Zones – alongside Queensland committing $500m to a renewable energy fund, Victoria committing $540m to REZ development, and NSW’s landmark legislation to open the door to more than $32b in renewable energy investment through to 2030.

It is in this exciting atmosphere that Informa Australia is delighted to announce the 2021 Energy & Investment Series, held 23-24 March at the ICC Sydney. Re-join and reconnect with your colleagues, contacts and industry for this unique networking and shared learning opportunity.

Day One will see a comprehensive full-day plenary featuring the nation’s renewable energy leaders tackling the big issues, followed by three of Australia’s leading renewable energy forums – the Large Scale Solar Conference, Energy Storage Summit and the Off Grid Power Conference – running as concurrent streams for Day Two.

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

  • Large Scale Solar

  • Energy Storage Summit

  • Off Grid Power

2021 Speakers


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


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


The Hon. Guy Barnett
Minister for Energy, Tasmanian Government


Dr Kerry Schott AO
Chair,
Energy Security Board


Bess Clark
General Manager – Project Marinus,
TasNetworks


Richard Lowe
Executive Manager, Business Growth,
TransGrid


Ian Learmonth
Chief Executive Officer, Clean Energy Finance Corporation


Stephanie Unwin
Chief Executive Officer,
Horizon Power


Marc Barrington
Chief Executive Officer,
SIMEC Energy Australia


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


Gordon Wymer
Chief Commercial Officer,
Snowy Hydro Limited


Caroline Wykamp
Executive General Manager, Commercial
Hydro Tasmania


John Cole
Founder & Chief Executive,
Edify Energy


Bethwyn Cowcher
Manager, Energy,
Fortescue Metals Group


Kim Nguyen
Director, Head of Australia,
Foresight Group


Professor Andrew Blakers
Director, ANU Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems


Dr Iain MacGill
Associate Professor,
UNSW Sydney


Dr Fiona Simon
Chief Executive Officer,
Australian Hydrogen Council


Dr Ross Gawler
Senior Research Fellow,
Monash University


Dr Joss Kesby
CEO,
Diffuse Energy


James Harman
CEO,
EDL


Philip Graham
Founder/CEO,
CleanPeak Energy


Alistair Parker
EGM – Regulation & External Affairs, AusNet Services


Sally Torgoman
Managing Director – Energy,
PwC Australia


Luke Sandery
Package Manager – Power and Decarbonisation, West Musgrave, OZ Minerals


Bruce Mountain
Director,
Victoria Energy Policy Centre


Jonathan Upson
Director, Project Development and Origination, Energy Group,
Canadian Solar


Simon Kidston
Executive Director,
Genex Power


Matthew Fellowes
Strategic Lead – Energy,
Banpu Energy Australia


Matthew Forrest
General Manager Energy Solutions – Power, APA


Felipe Kovacic
General Manager – Business Development, TEC-C


Killian Wentrup
Head of Solar Development,
UPC\AC Renewables Australia


Pip Harley
Program Director, Business Renewables Centre – Australia


Christian Reilly
Director,
Altura Group


Glenn Christie
Director and Revegetation Consultant,
Succession Ecology


Kevin Peakman
Hydrogen Director,
Energy Estate


Lara Panjkov
Market Applications Manager,
Fluence


David Dixon
Senior Analyst, Renewables Research,
Rystad Energy


Mark Williamson
Executive General Manager,
Clean Energy Regulator


Gloria Chan
Executive Director – Future Grid,
Clean Energy Finance Corporation


Dan Sturrock
Investment Director,
Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)


Ray Massie
Specialist – Hybrid Energy Solutions,
Entura


Andrew Doman
Founder & Chief Executive Officer,
Yadlamalka Energy


Matt Harper
Chief Commercial Officer,
Invinity Energy Systems


Phil Hodgson
Managing Director & CEO,
Calix Limited


Lily Mitchell
Senior Lawyer,
Australian Energy Market Commission


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


Dr Patrick Hartley
Leader, CSIRO Hydrogen Industry Mission, CSIRO Energy


Melanie Koerner
Principal,
CutlerMerz


Martin Smith
Product & Marketing Manager,
Clarke Energy


Carl Tidemann
Knowledge Sharing Officer,
Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)


Dr Gregory J. Wilson
Solar Technologies Group Lead,
CSIRO Energy


Claire Forster
Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia


Dr Nicolas Eshraghi
Junior Scientist in Center for Low-Emission Transport,
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology


Simon Franklin
Managing Director, ITP Renewables


Emma Fishburn
Director, Energy and Climate Advisory, Deloitte


Dr Geoff James
Microgrid Product Developer, Planet Ark Power and Director of Technology, Pilbara Solar


Will Rayward-Smith
Director, Financial Advisory, Deloitte


David Bones
Executive Manager, Advisory Regulatory, GHD


Glen Conway
Senior Technical Director – Renewable Energy, GHD


Johanna Bowyer
Lead Research Analyst for Australian Electricity, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA)


Tristan Edis
Director – Analysis and Advisory, Green Energy Markets


David Sleightholme
Partnerships Manager, Relectrify


Will Mosley
Head of Business Development, RayGen


Ros O’Mally
Partner, Project Solutions,
MinterEllison


Joel Reid
Partner, Project Solutions,
MinterEllison

Agenda

PLENARY

9:00

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Sally Torgoman, Managing Director – Energy, PwC Australia

9:10

VICTORIA STATE KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Ministerial address

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

9:30

PANEL DISCUSSION | Green Investment

  • Commentary on the current challenges and core concerns surrounding renewable energy investment in Australia
  • Insights into what the capital market is looking for from projects

Ian Learmonth, Chief Executive Officer, Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Dan Sturrock, Investment Director, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)
Kim Nguyen, Director, Head of Australia, Foresight Group

10:10

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Ensuring Reliable Generation in a Transitioned NEM
Gordon Wymer, Chief Commercial Officer, Snowy Hydro

10:40

Networking and refreshment break

11:10

PANEL DISCUSSION | Transmission

  • Funding challenges
  • Integration of renewable assets
  • Requirements of the transmission network to enable the transition
  • The latest government policies and how it may shape priorities going forwards

Richard Lowe, Executive Manager, Business Growth, TransGrid
Bess Clark, General Manager Project Marinus, TasNetworks
Jacqueline Bridge, General Manager – Energy Markets (Acting), Powerlink Queensland

11:55

PANEL DISCUSSION | Grid Connection

  • Navigating grid challenges
  • Grid planning and connection issues for the new wave of intermittent generation
  • The revival of synchronous condensers for grid stability

Gloria Chan, Executive Director – Future Grid, Clean Energy Finance Corporation
David Bones, Executive Manager, Advisory Regulatory, GHD
Dr Ross Gawler, Senior Research Fellow, Monash University

12:35

PANEL DISCUSSION | The green hydrogen revolution – The key to a carbon-free economy?

Dr Fiona Simon, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Hydrogen Council
Ros O’Mally, Partner, Project Solutions, MinterEllison
Dr Patrick Hartley, Leader, CSIRO Hydrogen Industry Mission, CSIRO Energy
Iain MacGill, Associate Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, UNSW

13:15

TASMANIA STATE KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Ministerial Address

The Hon. Guy Barnett MP, Minister for Energy, Tasmanian Government

13:30

Lunch and networking break

14:30

PANEL DISCUSSION | Paving the way for REZ – Overcoming the challenges and taking advantage of opportunities

  • The potential impact of renewables for the REZ regions
  • Paving the way for REZ – What can be done to overcome the challenges and take advantage of opportunities?
    • Government support/approval process TAB THESE POINTS IN as per word doc
    • Planning & design – What’s available and what might be coming?
    • Network development and grid connection
    • Funding and financing opportunities for new clean energy projects
    • Coordination & transparency to achieve efficient outcomes

Chloe Hicks, Director, Energy Infrastructure and Zones, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
Bruce Mountain, Director, Victoria Energy Policy Centre
Emma Fishburn, Director, Energy and Climate Advisory, Deloitte

15:00

Surety for the NEM, ATCO’s drive for a sustainable and secure energy future
Ben Bolot, Executive General Manager Business Development East, ATCO

15:30

Networking and refreshment break

16:00

Positive outlook for renewable energy investment: Key findings of the Australian Renewables Report 2021
Joel Reid, Partner, Project Solutions, MinterEllison

16:30

PANEL DISCUSSION | Innovative approaches to delivering on the energy transition

  • How the renewable transition is impacting some of the nation’s leading companies, and how they themselves are transitioning
  • Emerging technologies as both a driver and tool of change
  • Challenges associated with the decarbonisation of heavy industry and remote operations
  • What the consumers want to see from their energy sector

Marc Barrington, Chief Executive Officer, SIMEC Energy Australia
Phil Hodgson, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Calix Limited

17:00

Closing remarks from the Chair

17:10

CLOSING |End of Conference Day One & Networking Function

8:40

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair
Glen Conway, Senior Technical Director – Renewable Energy, GHD

8:45

NSW STATE KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Ministerial address

The Hon. Matt Kean MP, Minister for Energy & Environment, NSW Government

8:55

KEYNOTE | Ensuring Security & Reliability in the NEM

Dr Kerry Schott AO, Chair, Energy Security Board

9:30

Close of Plenary

This concludes out joint Plenary session and I now welcome you to attend our concurrent sessions focusing on Large scale Solar, Energy Storage and Off grid power at this year’s Energy and Investment Series.

09:35 OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair
Claire Forster, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

09:40 The Market outlook for solar in Australia – an Analyst’s and Developer’s perspective

  • Australia’s utility scale renewable’s pipeline
  • An overview of the market participants
  • Utility PV in 2021: What? Where? When? Who?
  • The challenges
  • The opportunities

David Dixon, Senior Analyst, Renewables Research, Rystad Energy
John Cole, Founder & Chief Executive, Edify Energy

10:45 Networking and refreshment break

11:15 The state of PPAs in the current Australian market

  • Corporate Renewable Energy PPAs – State of the Market
  • Market overview: buyer sectors, number of deals, size of deals, types of deals, geographic spread etc
  • Insights from our annual member survey about the opportunities and challenges associated with PPAs
  • Key trends in the corporate PPA market

Pip Harley, Program Director, Business Renewables Centre – Australia

11:40 Short-Term Forecasting Trial on the NEM Progress Report
Carl Tidemann, Knowledge Sharing Officer, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

12:05 Community Engagement and Social License: how the New England Solar Farm is working with the community

  • Experience with community engagement and consultation for a (very) large scale solar farm project in NSW
  • Lessons learned from the New England Solar Farm community consultation experience
  • Achieving community buy-in on the design and roll out of a benefit sharing initiative
  • Looking forward to the construction phase

Killian Wentrup, Head of Solar Development, UPC\AC Renewables Australia

12:30 Lunch and networking break

13:30 Integrated Development of Solar and Battery Assets

  • CleanPeak Energy Journey
  • Overview of the Wangaratta Project
  • Benefits case for adding a battery to solar
  • Key issues when integrating solar and battery developments

Philip Graham, Founder& Chief Executive Officer, CleanPeak Energy

13:55 Large scale Solar in 2020

  • Outlook for 2021
  • Regulatory Environment
  • Energy Markets/PPAs
  • Opportunities for Growth
  • Challenges

Jonathan Upson, Director, Project Development and Origination, Energy Group, Canadian Solar

14:20 The Jimboomba Renewable Hydrogen Plant and the production of green hydrogen production through solar
Kevin Peakman, Hydrogen Director, Energy Estate

14:45 Networking and refreshment break

15:15 A Brief Case Study on Extreme Weather Events and Photovoltaics: The Impact of Hail Storms to the CSIRO Rooftop Rollout and our Sustainability Goals”.
Dr Gregory J. Wilson, Solar Technologies Group Lead, CSIRO Energy

15:40 Harnessing Native Flora to Increase Solar Farm Production (& Reduce Construction Costs)
Glenn Christie, Director and Revegetation Consultant, Succession Ecology

16:05 From PV scraps to battery-grade silicon

  • Generation 3 of lithium-ion batteries: The era of silicon
  • Solar panel recycling: Scrap to nanostructured
  • Turning ticking time bombs into opportunities: Australia can play an even more influential role in supplying critical battery materials

Dr Nicolas Eshraghi, Junior Scientist in Center for Low-Emission Transport, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

16:30 Closing remarks from the Chair & END OF CONFERENCE

09:35 OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair
Glen Conway, Senior Technical Director – Renewable Energy, GHD

09:40 2021 NEM Analysis, Project Data & Implications for Storage
Mark Williamson, Executive General Manager, Clean Energy Regulator

10:10 2025 Energy Mix & Expected Revenue Dynamic Shifts
Johanna Bowyer, Lead Research Analyst for Australian Electricity, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA)
Tristan Edis, Director – Analysis and Advisory, Green Energy Markets

10:40 Networking and refreshment break

11:10 Australian First | The Yadlamalka Energy Project
Andrew Doman, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Yadlamalka Energy
Matt Harper, Chief Commercial Officer, Invinity Energy Systems

11:40 Developing Deep Storage
Caroline Wykamp, Executive General Manager, Commercial, Hydro Tasmania

12:10 Centennial Pumped Hydro Energy Storage
Matthew Fellowes, Strategic Lead – Energy, Banpu Energy Australia

12:30 Lunch and networking break

Afternoon Chair
Professor Andrew Blakers, Director, ANU Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems

13:30 Australia the Global Pathfinder
Professor Andrew Blakers, Director, ANU Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems

13:55 A global view on battery storage tech and deployment strategies
Lara Panjkov, Market Applications Manager, Fluence Energy

14:20 Central West Pumped Hydro, NSW
Christian Reilly, Director, Altura Group

14:45 Networking and refreshment break

15:15 The Genex Journey | Developing Pumped Hydro & Battery Storage Systems
Simon Kidston, Executive Director, Genex Power

15:40 Waste not want not – utilising energy from EV batteries as affordable and sustainable second life storage

  • Booming growth of EV’s worldwide = huge volume of batteries available at effective end of life
  • Exploring the need for stationary battery storage
  • Partnering with industry across the supply chain

David Sleightholme, Partnerships Manager, Relectrify

16:00 On-Demand Renewable Generation

  • Introduction to RayGen and partners
  • Technical description of RayGen’s approach
  • 50MWh storage project in Mildura – powering the grid in 2021
  • 1,000MWh storage project examples (Size and cost)

Will Mosley, Head of Business Development, RayGen

16:20 Closing remarks from the Chair & END OF CONFERENCE

09:35 OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair
Simon Franklin, Managing Director, ITP Renewables

09:40 The Balancing Act for Off-grid Renewable Solutions
Ray Massie, Specialist Hybrid Energy Solutions, Entura

10:05 PANEL DISCUSSION | Removing roadblocks to Offgrid

  • Regulation, limitations & consumer protection – Opportunities for change and progress
  • Empowering communities and their energy future
  • Potential to deliver improved customer outcomes whilst reducing costs, improving service quality and reliability

Lily Mitchell, Senior Lawyer, Australian Energy Market Commission
Dr Geoff James, Microgrid Product Developer, Planet Ark Power and Director of Technology, Pilbara Solar
Will Rayward-Smith, Director, Financial Advisory, Deloitte

10:45 Networking and refreshment break

11:15 CASE STUDY | Horizon Power’s Denham Hydrogen Demonstration Project
Stephanie Unwin, Chief Executive Officer, Horizon Power

11:40 CASE STUDY | The transition to reliable renewable energy

  • EDL’s journey to delivering >50% renewables for remote, off-grid operations
  • Operational results from current hybrid renewable systems from Agnew Gold Mine and the remote town of Coober Pedy
  • Lessons learned for future developments

James Harman, Chief Executive Officer, EDL

12:05 CASE STUDY | Fortescue leads the way with renewables
Bethwyn Cowcher, Manager, Energy, Fortescue Metals Group

12:30 Lunch and networking break

13:30 CASE STUDY | OzMinerals – Developing one of the most ambitious off-grid renewable energy projects in the world
Luke Sandery, Package Manager – Power and Decarbonisation, West Musgrave, OZ Minerals

13:55 Climate resilience – The role and opportunity for off grid power
Melanie Koerner, Principal, CutlerMerz

14:20 CASE STUDY | Small-scale wind turbines designed to power off-grid telecommunications towers and remote applications
Dr Joss Kesby, Chief Executive Officer, Diffuse Energy

14:45 Networking and refreshment break

15:15 CASE STUDY | The Gruyere Gold Mine Microgrid
Matthew Forrest, General Manager Energy Solutions – Power, APA Group

15:40 CASE STUDY | Getting ahead of the curve and building resilience
Alistair Parker, EGM – Regulation & External Affairs, AusNet Services

16:05 A Fast Transitioning Industry with Slow Moving Partners

  • Necessities of renewables in the off-grid space
  • How to accelerate value offered by consultants, investors and other stakeholders
  • Creating realistic technical expectations of client’s investments returns and Capex
  • A working example of developing a hybrid decentralised energy project

Felipe Kovacic, General Manager – Business Development, TEC-C

16:30 CASE STUDY | Sustainable power solutions for the Pilbara, from hybrid to hydrogen
Martin Smith, Product & Marketing Manager, Clarke Energy

16:45 Closing remarks from the Chair & END OF CONFERENCE

2021 Exhibitors

Supporting Partner

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

Re-join and reconnect with your colleagues, contacts and industry for this unique networking and shared learning opportunity. To find out more information on the branding opportunities through speaking, sponsoring, networking and exhibiting options, please contact

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
T: 02 9080 4334
E: Megan.Rogulski@informa.com.au

Pricing

LIMITED TIME FLASH SALE – $1,995 (SAVE $1000)

  • Full Rate – Face to Face $3,195 + GST – From 6 March 2021

Covid Safe

The event will be held in a COVID-safe format. 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: https://www.informa.com.au/allsecure/

When & Where

23-24 March 2021

ICC Sydney
14 Darling Dr
Sydney NSW 2000

Contact Us

Nicholas Mayfield
Conference Manager – Energy Storage Summit
+61 (2) 9080 4477
Nicholas.Mayfield@informa.com

Lisa Hedlund
Conference Manager – Large Scale Solar
+61 (2) 9080 4058
Lisa.Hedlund@informa.com.au

Paul O’Connor
Marketing Manager
+61 2 9080 4336
Paul.C.OConnor@informa.com.au

Alexandra Bennet
Conference Manager – Off Grid Power
+61 (2) 9080 4315
Alex.Bennet@informa.com.au

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
+61 2 9080 4334
Megan.Rogulski@informa.com.au

Contact Us

The large scale solar industry is continuing to grow at a rapid rate, with Australia’s large-scale solar energy capacity increasing to a total of 3.8 GW across 54 projects as of June 2020. Combined with the dramatic fall in the cost of large scale solar PV, large-scale solar is one of the most attractive options for new generation. The event will in-depth discussions around the current developments impacting utility scale solar, including:

  • Construction issues
  • Investment consideration
  • Network constraints
  • Development of storage integration
  • Technology update

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Formerly known as the ‘Pumped Hydro & Battery Storage Conference’, the Energy Storage Summit will be the first major gathering for the nation’s energy storage sector in 2021. A core opportunity to rekindle connections and hear insights from Australia’s leading energy experts, our core topics for 2021 will include:

  • The acceleration of Australia’s energy transition and its impact on policy and regulatory decisions at state and federal levels
  • Analyst Outlook – Medium to long-term predictions on Australia’s future energy mix; including the GWs of projects expected to enter the NEM over the next few years, and the storage capacity that will be enable this
  • Asset Updates- Case studies and comprehensive updates from active and near-term storage projects across all technologies
  • Technological Insights – The latest developments in storage technologies – including commentary on Pumped Hydro, Batteries, discussion on how Hydrogen may change the storage scene in coming years

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The Off Grid sector has been evolving at a rapid pace, and the next decade presents a huge opportunity for new technologies to totally transform the way energy is delivered and consumed by the customer. Off Grid renewable energy systems have transformed our ability to deliver secure, affordable electricity to remote, edge of grid and now even metro projects via microgrids and community batteries.

The Off Grid Power Conference is now in its 8th year. The forum was launched to create a platform for Off Grid industry players to meet and share information on projects and technologies.

This year’s event will focus on in-depth discussions around the current developments impacting the Off grid Sector including:

  • Case studies highlighting:
    • Project demonstrations & actual projects
    • Real solutions to high connection costs, bushfire risk, safety, reliability and vegetation management costs
    • Integration solutions
    • Microgrids
    • Community batteries
  • Technology and innovation – Solar PV, batteries, storage, wind turbines, digital enablement, control systems and integrated solutions
  • Financing, regulation, incentives, resilience and security

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