Main Event Day 1: 22 September 2020

11:00 am - 11:10 am (9am AWST) - Opening Remarks from Conference Chair Person

James Colbert - Chairman, International Microgrid Association

James Colbert

International Microgrid Association

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

James Colbert

International Microgrid Association


Andrew Truswell

Acting Executive General Manager
Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC)


James Seymour


11:40 am - 12:10 pm (9.40am AWST) - Microgrid Integration Solutions: Decreasing Energy Consumption Costs and Improving Reliability

Samantha Kali - Principal Engineer – Energy, SAGE Group

Microgrids are being developed as a building block for future smart grid systems. The fast-paced development and evolution of these systems, often create new challenges, particularly with multiple distributed resources. Microgrid technology has the ability to be an integrated solution that meets these challenges. Effective integration, optimisation and energy management schemes, prompts careful selection of the intelligent systems to control and monitor the interaction and development of microgrids.

System Integrator SAGE Group will demonstrate how an optimised integrated solution has provided the benefit of decreasing energy consumption costs, improving system reliability and increasing overall plant revenue by showcasing the Power and Water Corporation’s (NT) - Solar Energy Transformation Program (SETuP) case study along with other current projects demonstrating these benefits.

In this session SAGE Group will share their integration expertise to optimise microgrid control solutions with an emphasis on:

  • A standardised solution delivery model based on a modular design
  • Renewable Energy Technology Integration and challenges
  • Microgrid Control Systems Architectures
  • Energy Management Systems
  • Driving the need for OT/IT Integration and Cybersecurity 

Samantha Kali

Principal Engineer – Energy
SAGE Group

12:10 pm - 12:40 pm (10.10am AWST) - End of Essential Track

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