Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 23 September 2020

8:30 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

9:10 am - 9:40 am PANEL DISCUSSION: Maintaining Relevance in the Decentralised, Decarbonised and Digitised Energy Ecosystem: The Evolving Role Of Utilities

Andrew Blaver - Manager, Distributed Energy Resources, Horizon Power
Reena Suri - Executive Director, India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF)
Roly O-Connell - Head of Portfolio & Transformation, Transgrid
The energy market is transforming with developments in distributed energy resource utilisation, microgrids (both remote and grid-tied), stand-alone power systems, electric vehicles, hydrogen, and storage innovations. Utilities are central to this change and are assessing the challenges and opportunities it represents, in particular around customer outcomes. Now is a critical time to consider what the impacts of this will look like as policy and regulation are evolving daily. This executive panel will bring together industry leaders to provide their insights into the changing ecosystem.

  • The evolving nature of the NEM, the WEM, and the role of the utility
  • The impact on the energy economy in Australia
  • A renewable future – are we keeping up?
  • The changing role of the utility and structure of the business model
  • Drawing simultaneous value for utility, customer & community
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Andrew Blaver

Manager, Distributed Energy Resources
Horizon Power

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Reena Suri

Executive Director
India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF)

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Roly O-Connell

Head of Portfolio & Transformation
Transgrid

9:40 am - 10:10 am Lord Howe Island: Leveraging DER and Advancements In Technology To Drastically Reduce Carbon Dependency On The World Heritage Site

Peter Adams - Chief Executive Officer, Lord Howe Island Board
Just voted the 5th most desirable location to travel by Lonely Planet 2020, Lord Howe Island is a World Heritage island which advocates a sustainable approach to tourism. As an islanded grid 600 km offshore they have been on a journey to reduce carbon dependency and protect the marine and terrestrial biodiversity of the island. Here they share the journey to constructing the new grid and the technical capability needed.

  • Moving from diesel dependency to renewable generation
  • Projections to surpass 67% carbon reduction in diesel usage
  • Increased capability: Implementing solar technology and battery storage
  • Funding and stakeholder involvement, education and awareness
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Peter Adams

Chief Executive Officer
Lord Howe Island Board

10:10 am - 10:40 am India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF): India’s Journey Transitioning into a Smart and Integrated Power Grid

Reena Suri - Executive Director, India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF)
When it comes to electrifying remote and disconnected areas, India is a fantastic case study which demonstrates the possibilities offered by microgrids. In this session, ISGF shares the journey to acheiveing a smarted and more integrated grid which also achieves the government electrification target of 175GW of renewable energy by 2022.

  • The Indian context: Smart grids and policy alignment
  • The government target of 175GW of Renewable Energy by 2022
  • The smart grid roadmap and update regarding projects
  • Reducing technical and commercial and losses through smart grid implementation
  • Next steps: Automatic meter infrastructure and electric mobility plans
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Reena Suri

Executive Director
India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF)

10:40 am - 11:10 am Morning Tea

As renewable hydrogen is beginning to reach cost parity with some fossil fuel equivalents it has high potential to not only contribute to the decarbonisation of the energy network, but to be a high value export opportunity for Australia.

  • Room for innovation in the electricity market: hydrogen, why now?
  • Hydrogen as an enabler of a cleaner energy future: possibilities in battery storage, transport, carbon neutrality & more
  • South East Asia: prospects for Australia to gain value from hydrogen as an export opportunity
  • Barriers to successful maximization of hydrogen and how can government help to alleviate?
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Fiona Simon

CEO
Australian Hydrogen Council

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Colin Sadlier

Head of Business Development
Australian Gas Infrastructure Group

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Stevan Green

President
ATCO Gas Division Australia

11:40 am - 12:40 pm Renewable Industrial Microgrid Development: The Peel Microgrid Project

Stuart Nahajski - General Manager Regional, DevelopmentWA
Rob Breden - GM Western Australia, Enwave
The Peel Business Park renewable energy industrial microgrid is situated in the 120-hectare Peel Business Park and is an innovative solution to the high costs of extending the mains grid into the estate. It will be powered by a combination of electricity generated through a 1 MW ground mounted solar farm and electricity sourced from the SWIS grid network. A battery storage system will moderate, store and discharge power according to demand.

This session will convene the key project participants including land developers, regulators, microgrid developers, infrastructure owners, technology providers and more - they will share the journey to development and lessons learned so far.

  • The decisioning, the development commission and the 5 company consortium
  • Regional development benefits: environmental and socio-economic perspectives
  • The renewable initiatives in detail and systems integration
  • Progress so far, and the challenges along the way
  • What’s next?
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Stuart Nahajski

General Manager Regional
DevelopmentWA

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Rob Breden

GM Western Australia
Enwave

This panel will bring together microgrid consumers, external to the energy industry, to share how they are experimenting with the decentralised grid and leveraging DER and microgrids to respond to environmental, financial and customer centred demands.

  • Renewable targets and changing customer expectations
  • Financial investment in microgrids and expected gains
  • The value of reliability and resilience
Panellists:

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Allan O'Connor

Assistant Director of Energy Efficiency, Environmental Resource Management & Sustainability
Australian Department of Defence

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Peter Adams

Chief Executive Officer
Lord Howe Island Board

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Justine Jarvinen

CEO
UNSW Energy Institute

1:10 pm - 2:10 pm 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

2:10 pm - 2:40 pm How Western Power are Servicing Remote Communities Through an Evolving Microgrid System: Lessons Learnt and Challenges Encountered
Ben Bristow - Head of Grid Transformation (acting), Asset Management, Western Power
Western Power have been pioneering in the microgrid space in Australia, already having piloted and implemented multiple systems to provide reliable and resilient power. Here they will share lessons learnt from the grids in Perenjori and Kalbarri which is one of Australia’s largest microgrids to run in complete renewable mode at 5MW.

- The evolution of microgrids in the SWIS (south west interconnected system)
- Regional microgrids and customer centricity: Resilience, reliability and cost benefits
- Rolling out 57 standalone power systems servicing farming communities in WA
- Kalbarri and the dynamically connected grid project
  • The vulnerable network and community impact
  • Piloting, community engagement, challenges & results
  • Understanding, adopting and integrating new technologies to better manage customer experience

Stream chair:

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Ben Bristow

Head of Grid Transformation (acting), Asset Management
Western Power

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

2:40 pm - 3:10 pm EPRI: The Functional Requirements of Microgrid Controllers to Ensure Optimal Power Supply
Mark McGranaghan - Vice President of Integrated Grid, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), USA
EPRI as a research institute have a wealth of expertise in the technical functionality of Microgrids and in this session will examine use cases and the associated requirements for the microgrid controller functions.

  • Coordination of local generation, loads and storage
  • Optimizing local conditions based on prices, priorities, control signals and power quality
  • Monitoring of conditions on the supply system and within the microgrid
  • Providing flexibility services to the supply system
  • Disconnection and local management in isolated mode
  • Synchronizing with the distribution system in connected mode
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Mark McGranaghan

Vice President of Integrated Grid
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), USA

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

2:10 pm - 2:40 pm How NERA are Working with Industry to Facilitate the Transition to a Digitised Green Energy Future
Francis Norman - Executive Manager, Growth, NERA
With a vision to help Australia become a global energy powerhouse, as well as destination for investment and the leading source of knowledge and solutions, NERA are playing a critical role in progressing research and practice in the energy space. In this session, NERA will share perspectives on the transition to the energy future and will outline how robotics and automation will become an integral part of this transformation.

  • The future energy industry: predictions and transition
  • What role will robotics and automation enable on this journey?
  • Hydrogen: opportunity and realistic strategy for implementation

Stream chair:

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Francis Norman

Executive Manager, Growth
NERA

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

2:40 pm - 3:10 pm Thought leadership session sponsored by SAGE
Samantha Kali - Senior Project Engineer, SAGE Automation
-Technical capability of a microgrid
-The complexities of systems integration
-Enabling microgrid interoperability 
-Case studies with SAGE



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Samantha Kali

Senior Project Engineer
SAGE Automation

3:10 pm - 3:40 pm Afternoon Tea

STREAM C - Energy Storage - Exploring the Integration of New Forms of Battery Storage and the Role of Hydrogen in the Renewable Network

3:40 pm - 4:10 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: How Can Advanced Energy Storage Technologies be Optimised within a Microgrid to to Enable Renewable, Reliable Energy Supply?
Justine Jarvinen - CEO, UNSW Energy Institute
Mark McGranaghan - Vice President of Integrated Grid, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), USA
Stedman Ellis - Chief Executive Officer, Future Batteries Industry CRC
Jeff Haworth - Executive Director, Geological Survey and Resource Strategy, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, Western Australia
Energy experts are generating new knowledge in storage technology manufacturing, control and management to ensure the reliability of energy supply in a Microgrid and to enable to rely increasingly on zero carbon energy supply. This panel will include discussion on such advancements in energy storage.

  • Solar photovoltaics, energy storage and hydrogen in supporting a growing, zerocarbon economy
  • Developing advanced energy storage technologies, including printed batteries, structural supercapacitors, innovated fuel cells & power-to-gas systems
  • Integrating storage solutions with existing energy networks
  • Applications using novel storage monitoring, control and optimization technologies
  • Forward planning on minerals and materials to ensure a viable battery industry which supports a renewable energy future
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Justine Jarvinen

CEO
UNSW Energy Institute

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Mark McGranaghan

Vice President of Integrated Grid
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), USA

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Stedman Ellis

Chief Executive Officer
Future Batteries Industry CRC

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Jeff Haworth

Executive Director, Geological Survey and Resource Strategy
Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, Western Australia

STREAM C - Energy Storage - Exploring the Integration of New Forms of Battery Storage and the Role of Hydrogen in the Renewable Network

4:10 pm - 4:40 pm How EDL Achieved 100% Renewable Energy Reliance for Islanded Grids by Adapting Operations to Respond to Increased DER
Geoff Hobley - General Manager Remote Energy, Energy Developments (EDL)
In response to the evolving energy market, EDL have seen the need to adapt to offer customers low carbon solutions. Their remote hybrid power solutions are working to introduce increased renewables into their existing assets and new power stations. Here they will discuss 2 microgrid projects which exemplify how they are facilitating this change and the benefits already seen for company and customer.

  • The remote energy business serving customers the best and cheapest power
  • Investing in distributed generation in response to greener energy future ambitions of company and customer
  • The Agnew Gold Mine Site Microgrid: bringing increased renewable energy to an islanded system
  • Facilitating more renewable energy into the network: Coober Pedy operating on 70-100% renewable energy
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Geoff Hobley

General Manager Remote Energy
Energy Developments (EDL)

STREAM C - Energy Storage - Exploring the Integration of New Forms of Battery Storage and the Role of Hydrogen in the Renewable Network

4:40 pm - 5:10 pm How Alinta Energy are Strengthening the Grid and Responding to Customer Needs by Integrating Industrial Scale Battery Storage and Renewable Resources into Smaller Grid Systems
Gary Bryant - General Manager of Asset Strategy, Alinta Energy
Alinta Energy are working to reduce carbon emissions through experimentation with DERs and storage. They are responding to customer demands as part of a commitment to place the customer at the centre of their work. Here Gary will share this work including projects being explored in mine sites.

  • Integration of renewable energy and battery storage into smaller grid systems
  • Customer centricity: lowering emissions while supplying affordable solutions
  • Iron Ore mine sites: connecting to the power station battery and reducing diesel emissions
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Gary Bryant

General Manager of Asset Strategy
Alinta Energy

STREAM D - Resiliency: Understanding the Possibilities Offered by Microgrids for Developing a Resilient Power Supply

3:40 pm - 4:10 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: How Microgrids will Signal a More Reliable and Resilient Energy Future
Stephen Edwell - Chairman, Energy Transformation Strategy Taskforce, Energy Policy WA
Chris Judd - EGM Electricity Markets, Jemena
Ben Bristow - Head of Grid Transformation (acting), Asset Management, Western Power
As electricity grids are challenged by threats of weather, cyber and the rapid growth of distributed energy resources Microgrids are a solution to a more sustainable, secure and reliable energy supply. What’s more they offer the opportunity to utilise more renewable energy resources and move to a greener future. This panel will discuss:

  • Tools, methods and trials for increasing hosting capacity of DER on the network
  • How to make DER work for both for electricity users and the power system
  • Opportunities and strategies for diversifying your asset portfolio and integrating morerenewable energy into operations
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Stephen Edwell

Chairman, Energy Transformation Strategy Taskforce
Energy Policy WA

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Chris Judd

EGM Electricity Markets
Jemena

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Ben Bristow

Head of Grid Transformation (acting), Asset Management
Western Power

STREAM D - Resiliency: Understanding the Possibilities Offered by Microgrids for Developing a Resilient Power Supply

4:10 pm - 4:40 pm Addressing Radial Feeder Challenges with Microgrid Value Stacking – the Potential of Grid Forming BESS as a Means of Increasing Power Quality to Customers
Juergen Zimmerman - Business Development & Technology Manager, ABB





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Juergen Zimmerman

Business Development & Technology Manager
ABB

STREAM D - Resiliency: Understanding the Possibilities Offered by Microgrids for Developing a Resilient Power Supply

4:40 pm - 5:10 pm How the Department of Defence are Looking to Microgrids to Support to Their Capability Across a Potential 300 Major Sites
Allan O'Connor - Assistant Director of Energy Efficiency, Environmental Resource Management & Sustainability, Australian Department of Defence
The Department of Defence have identified that microgrids can offer increased energy reliability and resilience to their sites - important in instances where the main grid is attacked or fails; or where fuel supply chains may be compromised. However, microgrids bring their own inherent risks which must be considered. In this session, the Defence will share the work they are doing to explore microgrid applications across their vast estate and the benefits they can offer across 300 locations and over 26,000 buildings.

  • Improving the security, reliability and resilience of our energy systems
  • Security: understanding the risks and vulnerabilities of microgrids
  • Defence’s long-term goals for the application of microgrids
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Allan O'Connor

Assistant Director of Energy Efficiency, Environmental Resource Management & Sustainability
Australian Department of Defence

5:10 pm - 5:10 pm Conference Closing Remarks by the Chair