Conference Day One: Tuesday, 22 September 2020

8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration and Networking

Morning Coffee, Registration and Exhibition Opening

MORNING PLENARY & KEYNOTES

9:00 am - 9:10 am Opening Remarks from Conference Chair Person

Terry Mohn - Chairman, International Microgrid Association
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Terry Mohn

Chairman
International Microgrid Association

The WA Parliament’s Economics and Industry Committee has recently conducted a wide-ranging Inquiry on the benefits and barriers to microgrid technologies. The Interim Report provided an overview of the technical, operational, market and regulatory contexts for microgrids, together with an examination of value chain opportunities. The Final Report took a deeper look at regulatory, technical and market barriers and enablers. Given the wide ranging scope of the inquiry, Jessica’s presentation will focus on the Inquiry’s findings on market structures, the role of market actors and potential for commercial partnerships. 

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Jessica Shaw

MLA Member for Swan Hill
Chair of the WA Parliament's Economics and Industry Standing Committee

As part of a strong commitment to the Paris climate change conference, Australia has set a target to reduce carbon emissions to 26-28% on 2005 levels by 2030. Renewable energy will be key to this and globally will not only play a role in the reduction of carbon emissions, but will offer a host of benefits to developing nations from reliability to resilience. Here ministerial perspectives will be shared as to what this commitment means to the energy economy globally and what the future of the industry will look like.

  • Commitments to carbon reduction across state and federal government
  • The future of energy economy and opportunities for diversification and investment
  • Renewable energy: industry impact and opportunities across developed and developing regions

Facilitator:

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Terry Mohn

Chairman
International Microgrid Association

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Richard Mathews

Australian Consul-General
Australian Consulate-General, Makassar, Indonesia

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The Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy: Industrial Relations Western Australian Legislative Assembly
Western Australian Legislative Assembly

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Jessica Shaw

MLA Member for Swan Hill
Chair of the WA Parliament's Economics and Industry Standing Committee

10:40 am - 11:10 am Borrego Springs: How San Diego Gas & Electric Company is Pioneering Microgrid Development & Leveraging Automation for a 100% Renewable Microgrid

Laurence Abcede - P.E., Distributed Resources Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric - USA
The remote and storm-prone environment of Borrego Springs has 2,800 customers, be they residential or small industrial entities. Due to the San Diego Gas & Electric microgrid project, this community’s energy supply has radically evolved and is reaping the benefits of a dynamically connected grid. With a preliminary focus on improving the reliability of power supply, San Diego Gas & Electric received R&D funding to explore the capabilities of microgrid technology.

In this session, Laurence will share San Diego Gas & Electric’s journey including how they migrated from diesel generation to increased renewable energy in the microgrid and the objectives of achieving a grid which is 100% reliant on renewable resources.

  • Funding for research and development into reliability improvement
  • Borrego Springs: unreliable, single, radial transmission feed and adverse weather conditions in the remote community
  • Microgrid technology evolution, ultra capacitors and synchronizing legacy systems to the main grid
  • The unique protective relaying scheme and multitudinous challenges of microgrid implementation

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Laurence Abcede

P.E., Distributed Resources Manager
San Diego Gas & Electric - USA

11:10 am - 11:40 am Speed Networking

11:40 am - 12:10 pm Morning Tea & Networking Break

FUTURE OF ENERGY: BRILLIANCE CLINICS

BRILLIANCE CLINICS work like “think tank” brainstorming sessions. They are designed to drive interaction and foster collaborative thinking around the most pressing topics in the Microgrids sector. Here’s a breakdown of how they will run:

STEP 1: The entire audience will break up and choose IDGs based on which topics are most relevant and interesting to them.
STEP 2: Each BRILLIANCE CLINIC is set in a roundtable format and will be facilitated by a thought leader in the space
STEP 3: Each delegate will have the opportunity to select 3 table topics and will rotate between their choices every 30 minutes.

Discussion groups are kept small to ensure all delegates get the opportunity to ask their most pressing questions, ensuring a perfectly tailored experience. Table topics to choose from include:

FIRST ROTATION

12:10 pm - 1:40 pm Microgrids and the energy trilemma: Understanding and adapting policy and regulation to accommodate a transition to microgrids
Jason Froud - Manager Policy, Synergy
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Jason Froud

Manager Policy
Synergy

SECOND ROTATION

12:10 pm - 1:40 pm Microgrid Integrated Design: Challenges to simplify the design process from concept to commission
Juergen Zimmerman - Business Development & Technology Manager, ABB
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Juergen Zimmerman

Business Development & Technology Manager
ABB

THIRD ROTATION

12:10 pm - 1:40 pm The Changing Role of Consumers and Positioning the Decentralised Energy Market to Match
Kelvin Say - Energy Transition Hub, University of Melbourne
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Kelvin Say

Energy Transition Hub
University of Melbourne

1:40 pm - 2:40 pm Networking Lunch

CONFERENCE STREAMS & BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Each stream is structured as a mini conference, equipping you with the information, insights and tools to take back to your own organisation

STREAM A - Decentralisation: Reviewing Business Model Transformation for a Microgrid Future

2:40 pm - 3:10 pm Microgrids and the Evolution of the Energy Market: The IMA Perspective
Terry Mohn - Chairman, International Microgrid Association
The IMA aims to unite organisations committed to building global microgrid capability by integrating emerging technologies to generate, distribute, and consume energy in a more efficient, clean and cost-effective way. In this session the Chair will share the IMA perspective on the evolution of the energy market and the impact that the decentralization of the energy network is having on the energy industry.

  • The evolution of the energy industry and the critical role of the IMA
  • The microgrid ecosystem: decentralization, digitization and decarbonisation
  • The end of the monopoly? : Investment and excitement in the market from external players
  • What are the challenges and opportuntiies for the different stakeholders in the market?

Stream chair:

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Terry Mohn

Chairman
International Microgrid Association

STREAM A - Decentralisation: Reviewing Business Model Transformation for a Microgrid Future

3:10 pm - 3:40 pm The Australian Energy Market Commission: Policy and Regulation for Reliable, Secure and Economical Energy Provision in a Changing Energy Market
Andrew Truswell - Acting Executive General Manager, Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC)
Macro and micro level transformations of the National Energy Market (NEM) are impacting how the power system operates as well as the measures and resources required to deliver reliability and security for consumers. In this session, the AEMC will share perspectives on the growth of microgrids in the decentralizing network and the progression of the regulatory framework being positioned to leverage the opportunities microgrids offer to the energy economy.

  • Broad spectrum of work: embedded networks vs stand-alone systems
  • The importance of consistent consumer protection outcomes
  • Facilitating stand-alone systems within existing pricing structures
  • Proposed tiered framework: tailoring regulation to specific circumstances
  • Implementation and roll-out of updated regulatory arrangements

Stream chair:

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Andrew Truswell

Acting Executive General Manager
Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC)

STREAM A - Decentralisation: Reviewing Business Model Transformation for a Microgrid Future

3:40 pm - 4:10 pm Horizon Power and WA’s Approach to Transforming Energy Provision, and Coordinating Distributed Energy Resources
Andrew Blaver - Manager, Distributed Energy Resources, Horizon Power
Western Australia’s government-owned utility Horizon Power is undergoing a major state grid transformation. In this session, they will share how they successfully delivered Standalone Power Systems to customers, enabling the de-energising and removal of 54km of ageing poles and wires infrastructure. They will talk of their centrally planned, designed and coordinated approach to achieving mutual benefit for Customers, Networks and Generation.

- Transition to a higher DER future:
  • The challenges (networks and micro-grids have physical limits for Renewable Energy connection)
  • The opportunity (to share costs and benefits of generation and infrastructure via coordination of network and customer-owned DER
  • Business and systems integration of a new asset class
- Pilot demonstration of DER coordination (Smart Sun in Broome WA), including some technical overview and benefits/lessons
- Scale deployment of DER coordination (Onslow, WA) DERMS scope, architecture overview, lessons to date

Stream chair:

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Andrew Blaver

Manager, Distributed Energy Resources
Horizon Power

STREAM B - Decarbonisation: Understanding the Impact and Opportunities Offered by a Renewable Electricity Market

2:40 pm - 3:10 pm Ergon Energy: Innovating In Microgrid Technology and Battery Storage Across 33 Power Stations In A Move To Increase Automation and Renewable Energy Usage
Stephen Richardson - Senior Technology Innovation Engineer Intelligent Grid New Technology, Ergon Energy
Ergon Energy’s leadership were quick to see the huge potential that energy storage offered both business and industry and as a result they invested $15 million into the research and development of energy storage. In this session, they will share how they are progressing storage capabilities from the perspective of scale and technology and how this is being integrated into stand alone power systems and microgrids.

  • Leveraging 25 years of storage expertise to install almost 100 energy storage systems
  • Experimenting with large scale batteries, smart controls & DERs
  • Understanding how to integrate, maintain & operate energy storage
  • Our grid utility support system – a first in the industry

Stream chair:

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Stephen Richardson

Senior Technology Innovation Engineer Intelligent Grid New Technology
Ergon Energy

STREAM B - Decarbonisation: Understanding the Impact and Opportunities Offered by a Renewable Electricity Market

3:10 pm - 3:40 pm How Western Australia Has the Opportunity to be a World Leader in Renewable Energy: Perspectives from The Chief Scientist of WA
Peter Klinken - Chief Scientist of Western Australia, Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
Western Australia is proving itself to have endless potential in the energy space. From an investment perspective the opportunities offered by hydrogen may soon replace the LNG export potential. In this session Peter, the Chief Scientist of WA, will share his expertise on the impacts that phasing out fossil fuels and moving towards renewable energy will have on state and country.

  • Implications of phasing out the natural gas and coal base load
  • Exploring alternatives: Renewable energy resources and possible use cases – desalination, hydrogen exports, storage, remote areas & mining
  • A state rich in elements : WA’s commercial and environmental potential in the battery storage space
  • Onslow’s Microgrid using 50% renewables

Stream chair:

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Peter Klinken

Chief Scientist of Western Australia
Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation

STREAM B - Decarbonisation: Understanding the Impact and Opportunities Offered by a Renewable Electricity Market

3:40 pm - 4:10 pm How AGIG are Responding to the Energy Trilemma and Contributing to the Decarbonisation of the Australian Gas Market
Colin Sadlier - Head of Business Development, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group
As the energy market moves to reduce carbon emissions a number of challenges are resented, particularly with intermittent renewable electricity sources now a growing part of the overall energy mix. Renewable gas is a key part of Australia’s low carbon future. Here AGIG share their work exploring the possibilities available from renewable hydrogen.

  • Exploring how renewable hydrogen and bio methane play a role in the decarbonizing of the gas market
  • Addressing the energy trilemma and providing 5% renewable energy to 700 customers
  • The Australian hydrogen centre & feasibility study: journey and objective of a 10% blend and 100% hydrogen future

Stream chair:

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Colin Sadlier

Head of Business Development
Australian Gas Infrastructure Group

4:10 pm - 4:40 pm Afternoon Tea & Networking Break

Market disruption of any kind signals financial opportunity as change requires new knowledge, technology and design. As such, investors are seeing value in entering the space and here will discuss the realm of opportunity they see now and for the future.

  • The multiple angles of opportunity offered by microgrids
  • Models and frameworks behind investment
  • What are the opportunities to scale the investment?

Panellists:
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Lachlan Creswell

Executive Director
Macquarie Capital

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Leigh Kennedy

National Lead for Energy
Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)

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Rob Wilson

Head of Western Australia
Clean Energy Finance Corporation

5:10 pm - 5:40 pm How ATCO are Responding to the Changing Energy Market by Unlocking the Value of Hybrid Energy Solutions

Stevan Green - President, ATCO Gas Division Australia
The move to increased renewables has led to exploration of the opportunities offered by renewable hydrogen. ATCO’s Clean Energy Innovation Hub was created to explore how existing gas distribution infrastructure can continue to benefit customers as part of the future energy mix. In this session, ATCO will share their expertise in the future energy and hydrogen space, including the future industry opportunities and challenges which may need to be overcome on the journey.

  • The potential of hydrogen and renewable resources as part of the future energy mix
  • Clean Innovation Hub: A test bed for hybrid energy solutions
  • Integration of natural gas, solar power, battery storage and hydrogen production
  • Leveraging existing networks and infrastructure: the role of hydrogen gas in the electricity network
  • Hydrogen opportunities for the Australian market: exporting to Asian markets, hydrogen vehicles, energy storage
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Stevan Green

President
ATCO Gas Division Australia

Microgrids are a technology which is considered to facilitate the modernization of the grid. But the value drivers for microgrids vary by customer, utility and regulator. This panel will look to outline the appropriate regulatory model needed to optimize the value of a microgrid and the multiplicity of angles which must be considered.

  • Technology innovation, increased DER and climate policy directives
  • Microgrids as an opportunity for the energy sector
  • Regulatory changes of the network: the current and future state of the Energy Economy
Panel Chair:

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James Seymour

CEO
C4NET

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Andrew Truswell

Acting Executive General Manager
Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC)

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Stephen Edwell

Chairman, Energy Transformation Strategy Taskforce
Energy Policy WA

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Violette Mochaileh

EGM of Emerging Markets & Services
Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)

6:10 pm - 6:20 pm Closing remarks from the Chair