Leadership Summit

Australia’s energy transition ambition calls for generators and networks to unite with large energy users and consumers to define and build the grid of the future.  This new era of energy democracy and energy citizenship poses the key question at the heart of Power + Utilities Australia; that is, what does the energy system of the future look like?  The Power + Utilities Australia Leadership Summit is a key forum bringing together opposing voices, a diversity of opinions and experiences, to have difficult conversations around the energy transition.

Join us as we facilitate conversations, share ideas, join the dots and make connections that disrupt and evolve the energy sector for 2050 and beyond.

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Take a look at our 2024 program below! 

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2024 Leadership Summit Program

Tuesday 07 May, 2024

9:15 am - 9:20 am

Official Welcome

Location: Leadership Summit

9:35 am - 10:10 am

Plenary Panel 1 | From Policy to Pole: Deploying the Australian Transmission Mission

Location: Leadership Summit

How do network operators deliver all this new electricity from renewable generation to realise our net zero ambitions? Discussing development timelines and system redundancies.

Speakers:
Jon Faine
Kylie Hargreaves, Deputy Chair, Regional Development Australia
Stephanie McGregor, Executive Consultant and Australian Energy Lead, TSA Advisory
Catherine Way, Director of Development, OX2

10:55 am - 11:15 am

Morning Tea

Location: Leadership Summit

STREAM 2 - FROM OCEAN TO ROOFTOP - OPPORTUNITIES IN RENEWABLE GENERATION

11:15 am - 11:30 am

Keynote | Consumers – The Sleeping Giant of the Energy Transition

Location: Leadership Summit

One of the biggest challenges facing the energy transition is the growing strain on the grid that will result from increased electrification. How urgent is this problem, and how can we use the power of the consumer to address this?

Speakers:
Matthew van der Linden, Founder + CEO, Flow Power

STREAM 2 - FROM OCEAN TO ROOFTOP - OPPORTUNITIES IN RENEWABLE GENERATION

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm

Keynote | Using Behavioural Models to Analyse Potential for Solar Electric Vehicle Charging in Australia

Location: Leadership Summit

Speakers:
Patricia Lavieri, Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne

STREAM 1 - PUTTING THE CUSTOMER FIRST

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm

Keynote | Making the Energy Transition Tangible for Large and Small Consumers: The Retailer Challenge

Location: Leadership Summit

What does the transition actually mean for customers, both large and small? How to engage and mobilise customers – particularly through education and service design – in playing a more active role in the transition. What’s working: case studies and strategies to help businesses meet their decarbonisation goals.

Speakers:
Lisa Chiba, Chief Executive Officer, Momentum Energy

STREAM 2 - FROM OCEAN TO ROOFTOP - OPPORTUNITIES IN RENEWABLE GENERATION

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

Panel | Unlocking the Energy Capacity of Domestic Rooftops

Location: Leadership Summit

When transmission over long distances, requiring new infrastructure and social license, is far less efficient than using energy at the source of its generation, should this be the end game and what role do networks have to play?

Speakers:
Stuart Allinson, Energy Transition Partner, Startupbootcamp
Kristy Battista, CTO Global – GM Australia, Allume Energy
Andrew Blaver, Head Of Changing Energy Solutions, Western Power
Dan Cass, Executive Director, Rewiring Australia
Paul Corkill, Executive Director Policy Programs and Industry Development , Solar Victoria

STREAM 1 - PUTTING THE CUSTOMER FIRST

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Lunch

Location: Leadership Summit

STREAM 2 - FROM OCEAN TO ROOFTOP - OPPORTUNITIES IN RENEWABLE GENERATION

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Lunch

Location: Leadership Summit

STREAM 4 - TALKING STRAIGHT ON RENEWABLE GAS

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Keynote | Building a Future Flush with Renewable Gas

4:00 pm

Happy Hour Drinks

Location: Leadership Summit

Wednesday 08 May, 2024

9:20 am - 9:25 am

Official Welcome

Location: Leadership Summit

10:55 am - 11:25 am

Morning Tea

Location: Leadership Summit

STREAM 2 - ICT + CYBER

11:25 am - 11:40 am

Keynote | Safeguarding Australia’s Critical Infrastructure: Cybersecurity Best Practices under the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act

Location: Leadership Summit

In the wake of increasing cyber threats targeting critical infrastructure, Australia has implemented the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act (SOCI) to fortify its defenses and ensure the resilience of vital systems. Join Akamai as we delve into best practices under the framework of SOCI and offer actionable strategies to bolster your organisation’s cybersecurity defenses and threat detection mechanisms to ensure uninterrupted service delivery. We’ll explore the importance of cross-sector collaboration, information sharing, and regulatory compliance in fostering a resilient cybersecurity posture. Drawing from real-world examples and expert insights, this session aims to empower the sector with the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate the evolving threat landscape and uphold the integrity of critical infrastructure assets.

Speakers:
James Richmond, Regional Director A&NZ, Akamai Technologies

STREAM 1 - EV INTEGRATION

12:10 pm - 12:25 pm

Keynote | Empowering Electric Fleets: A Sustainable and Profitable Framework

Location: Leadership Summit

Speakers:
Jack Kotlyar, Head of Green Transport, EnergyAustralia

STREAM 1 - EV INTEGRATION

12:25 pm - 12:55 pm

Panel | Is Australia Ready for an EV Revolution?

Location: Leadership Summit

How can network infrastructure match demand, particularly in regional and remote areas over the next 5 years?

Speakers:
Ross De Rango, Head of Energy and Infrastructure, Electric Vehicle Council
Carly Irving-Dolan, CEO of Energy, NRMA Energy
Carola Jonas, CEO, Everty
Lisa Maro, Renewable Energy Industry Adviser, ICN Victoria

STREAM 1 - EV INTEGRATION

12:55 pm - 1:45 pm

Lunch

Location: Leadership Summit

STREAM 2 - ICT + CYBER

1:40 pm - 2:30 pm

Lunch

Location: Leadership Summit

STREAM 3 - GRID + SYSTEMS

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Keynote | Navigating the Energy Transition Through Partnerships

Location: Leadership Summit

There has been many iterations of structural support for the energy transition. ZEN has had an incredibly interesting journey with capital markets to grow its business. How do we engage with Financial Institutions to Promote the transition?

Speakers:
Phillipa Chen, CFO, ZEN Energy

STREAM 4 - FINANCE + REGULATION

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Panel | Evolving the Regulatory Landscape and Market Structures with the Pace of Transition

Location: Leadership Summit

Navigating the challenges of the next 5-year regulatory period when transition is outpacing the current structures. Is the current regulatory period appropriate and if not, what are the alternatives?

Speakers:
Matthew Robinson, Head of Strategic Service Development, PSC Consulting
Jay Gordon, Energy Finance Analyst, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis
John Hamill, Managing Director, Chronotope Consulting
Lara Panjkov, Senior Growth & Market Development Manager, Fluence
Matthew Rennie, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Rennie Advisory

STREAM 4 - FINANCE + REGULATION

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Keynote | Sustainable Investment for All: Public Financing of Renewable Energy Projects

Location: Leadership Summit

Australian governments are increasingly using public financing to drive the clean energy transition. While much public debate has focused on whether governments should use public finance for this purpose, this presentation focuses on the neglected issue of how governments can use public finance most effectively.

Speakers:
Dr Arjuna Dibley, Head of Sustainable Finance Hub, University of Melbourne

Program updated as of 25/01/2024

Summit Delegate Pass

$ 995 + GST
  • Access to both days of the Leadership Summit
  • Exclusive access to networking areas and lounges
  • Access to both days of the exhibition

Free Summit Delegate Pass

Exclusively for Utility Companies & IPPs*
  • This ticket is subject to approval by the event organiser.

    We will approve or reject the registration based on the information you provided us and it must match with the criteria to qualify for this ticket.
  • CRITERIA: To qualify for a FREE Summit Delegate Pass, you must be from a Utility company or Independent Power Producer (IPP) and must be from the following job title category:
  • C-Suites
  • Presidents/Vice Presidents
  • Managing Directoe
  • Directors
  • Head of Departments

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