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SGA International Summit

November 18

Empowered customers, can we keep up?

With the customer now being an active participant in the energy system, it is the customer who has become the disrupter facilitated by new technologies. The industry will need to integrate the energy system into customer needs. By following the customer, this Summit will explore on how we can work with them to reshape our smart energy future.

It is in the industry’s interest to build a platform that allows all of the various customer and industry elements to be interconnected and engage in multiparty activities. Putting the customer central to these developments means providing them with the tools and services they are looking for enabling choice, affordability, simplicity and reliability.

An open and interconnected environment will facilitate growth opportunities for existing and new entrants to drive innovative technologies and business models. It will allow the existing $100 billion being invested in electricity infrastructure to be leveraged for the benefit of all stakeholders.

Following the explosion in PVs, storage, including new advances in battery technology will accelerate this disruption. To gain the most from them, key elements include the development of a holistic platform that can incorporate transactive energy, virtual power plants, microgrids, EVs, communications developments such as machine to machine (M2M) interactions and data analytics.

Creating a platform that can accommodate the disruptive customer is one of the key issues that SGA will address in its 18 November 2015 Summit with keynote presentations and discussions with international and national speakers, hands-on roundtables and plenary panel discussions.

SGA International Summit

18th November 2015

Venue:  Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour

09:30 – 10:00 Arrival coffee/networking
10:00 – 10:05 Opening and Introduction Paul Budde, Executive Director – Smart Grid Australia
10:05 – 10:15 Introduction and Welcome Judy Anderson, President – Smart Grid Australia
International Summit
10.15 – 10:45 International key note speaker Customers in control

Jostein Eikeland, a visionary serial entrepreneur. He founded the Energy Service Provider Alevo and is the company’s Chairman and CEO.

10.45 – 11.15 International Keynote speaker Underlying market dynamics in the USA for integration and interconnection.

Fereidoon Sioshansi, President and founder of Menlo Energy Economics (MEE), USA, Energy Economist and Strategic Adviser. 

11.15 – 12.00 Coffee break
12.00 – 12.30 Panel discussion with keynote speakers
12.30 – 13.00 SGA Key Messages – Judy Anderson and discussion with delegates
13.00 – 14:00 Lunch (this will include AGM for SGA members)
Roundtable sessions
14.00 – 14.20 Australian Keynote speaker TBA
14:20 – 15.30 Roundtables

  • Building the platform to interconnect customers with the industry based on outcomes from Future Grid Forum. Moderator Mark Paterson
  • How will communities/cities/customers want to use the platform?The platform will enable communities, cities, customers, networks and devices to interact, with electricity providers the integrators, that bring the various participants together. A well established platform will enable new technology, services, business models and ways for consumers to engage – whether by largely generating their own energy for maximum control, or handing over their energy provision and management to third parties. Moderator – Judy Anderson
  • Transactive energy models – incl. the Meltemi Community Pilot Site project around Multi-Agent Intelligent Control enabling DGs and loads to negotiate to achieve intelligent load management/use of DER. Moderator – John Theunissen
  • How do EV and renewable business models fit in? Moderator – Peter Topfer
Afternoon tea and coffee are available throughout the afternoon
15.30 – 16.00 Outcomes Roundtable Panel discussions with facilitators
16.00 – 17.00 Where to go from here. Interactive discussion with Ann Burns
17.00 Close of the conference


November 18
Event Category:


Smart Grid Australia


Rockford Darling Harbour
Novotel Rockford 17 Little Pier Street
Darling Harbour, NSW 2000 Australia
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