Andrew Blaver

Manager, Distributed Energy Resources Horizon Power

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

3:40 PM Horizon Power and WA’s Approach to Transforming Energy Provision, and Coordinating Distributed Energy Resources

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

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Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

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

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

Site Tour Day: Thursday, 24 September 2020

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

1:30 PM Horizon Power – Connecting and Controlling Renewable Energy Resources in Onslow

This will be a site tour to Horizon Power’s control room to see Onslow in action. Onslow is set to be the home of Australia's largest distributed energy resource (DER) microgrid targeting a high penetration of the town's electricity needs serviced from renewable energy sources, including a mix of distributed renewables, modular gas powered generation and battery storage.

Through the Horizon Power Control Centre, the regional energy provider orchestrates electricity connected to the network whilst maintaining stability and integrity to meet customers' needs.

Tour break down
  1. The boardroom – our strategy and the journey.
  2. Horizon Power Control Centre – showcase isolated and micro-grid remote control capability.
  3. Onslow Distributed Energy Resources Management System (DERMS) and other case studies – systems and learnings from a vertically integrated energy provider.

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