The Australian Energy Review - - FRONT PAGE - EL­IZ­A­BETH FABRI

As Aus­tralia’s en­ergy land­scape con­tin­ues to evolve, the sig­nif­i­cance of the All-en­ergy Aus­tralia con­fer­ence con­tin­ues to grow. Run­ning from 11-12 Oc­to­ber, this year’s con­fer­ence will fea­ture two days of ex­clu­sive pre­sen­ta­tions, work­shops, and demon­stra­tions that will put a spot­light on clean en­ergy tech­nolo­gies’ in­creas­ing im­por­tance in the na­tional en­ergy mix.

IT’S been 12 months since South Aus­tralia’s State-wide black­out, which put re­new­able en­ergy at the fore­front of na­tional en­ergy dis­course.

In this time, the coun­try has been in a con­tin­u­ous state of ‘dam­age con­trol’, com­mis­sion­ing a se­ries of re­ports in­ves­ti­gat­ing the causes of the out­age, and how de­ci­sion mak­ers can en­sure more re­li­able, and af­ford­able power for the na­tion mov­ing for­ward.

Chief Sci­en­tist Dr Alan Finkel’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the na­tion’s en­ergy in­dus­try and pro­posed Clean En­ergy Tar­get an­nounced ear­lier this year is a step change to­wards em­brac­ing clean en­ergy tech­nolo­gies into the fu­ture en­ergy mix.

While still yet to be rat­i­fied by the Fed­eral Govern­ment, the tech­nol­ogy neu­tral pol­icy pro­vides an in­cen­tive for new low emis­sions forms of en­ergy gen­er­a­tion to en­ter the mar­ket from clean coal, to re­new­ables such as wind, so­lar and hy­dro.

Against this pol­icy de­bate back­drop, lead­ers from the in­dus­try will be gath­er­ing in Mel­bourne this Oc­to­ber at one of the world’s most sig­nif­i­cant plat­forms for the clean and re­new­able en­ergy in­dus­try to dis­cuss Aus­tralia’s evolv­ing en­ergy land­scape, its fu­ture and new mar­ket re­al­i­ties for the en­ergy sys­tem.

Held in part­ner­ship with the Clean En­ergy Coun­cil and co-lo­cated with Waste Expo, the six-stream free-to-at­tend All-en­ergy Aus­tralia con­fer­ence will show­case more than 160 world-class speak­ers, and al­most 200 do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional ex­hibit­ing com­pa­nies.

Ahead of the con­fer­ence, ex­hi­bi­tion direc­tor Robby Clark said All-en­ergy Aus­tralia had earned a rep­u­ta­tion as a “must-see” event, with at­ten­dance fig­ures and par­tic­i­pant num­bers con­tin­u­ing to rise each year — much like the num­ber of re­new­able en­ergy pro­jects sprout­ing up across the coun­try.

“From elec­tric ve­hi­cles to smart grid power sys­tems, the con­fer­ence pro­gram is de­signed each year to help vis­i­tors keep abreast of new and emerg­ing sec­tor trends,” Mr Clark said.

“In 2015, at­ten­dance grew by 10 per cent, and in 2016 by eight per cent.

“Our pre-reg­is­tra­tion of at­ten­dance alone for this year’s event is cur­rently track­ing at 30 per cent more than it was at this time last year, it all bodes well for this year’s event.”

To put into per­spec­tive, last year the con­fer­ence at­tracted al­most 5000 in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als across the two days.

Mr Clark said the 2017 con­fer­ence has adapted to re­flect the rapid evo­lu­tion of the en­ergy in­dus­try, fea­tur­ing re­spected rep­re­sen­ta­tives from com­pa­nies such as Tesla En­ergy, KPMG and AGL, who will share ex­clu­sive in­sights and pro­jec­tions.

Del­e­gates can look for­ward to a num­ber of ple­nary ses­sions, with key note pre­sen­ta­tions from the Aus­tralian En­ergy Mar­ket Op­er­a­tor’s Jo Wit­ters and Clean En­ergy Fi­nance Cor­po­ra­tion’s Ian Lear­month.

This year, for the first time, the con­fer­ence will also host Green Build and Low Car­bon Econ­omy con­fer­ence ses­sions, as well as elec­tric ve­hi­cles and sus­tain­able trans­port ses­sions with Elec­tric Ve­hi­cle Coun­cil chair Be­hyad Ja­fari, and AGL’S elec­tric ve­hi­cles man­ager Kris­tian Hand­berg ex­plor­ing pol­icy and govern­ment sup­port for elec­tric ve­hi­cles, and in­fra­struc­ture needs and new stan­dards re­quired to drive on Aus­tralia roads.

In ad­di­tion, there will be break­out rooms with talks on fu­ture en­ergy stor­age trends; the lat­est ad­vance­ments and com­mer­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties in the PV sec­tor; bioen­ergy; mak­ing the smart grid a suc­cess; govern­ment ini­tia­tives driv­ing in­vest­ment and ex­pan­sion of re­new­ables; res­i­den­tial en­ergy stor­age; fu­ture po­ten­tial of hy­dro­gen; cor­po­rate PPAS and peer to peer en­ergy trad­ing; lithium ion and vana­dium flow bat­ter­ies and more.

Or­gan­is­ers have also sched­uled a num­ber of net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties across the two days, help­ing del­e­gates meet like-minded pro­fes­sion­als from a range of vis­it­ing sec­tors.

This in­cludes the Clean En­ergy Coun­cil’s So­lar De­sign and In­stal­la­tion Awards Night, sched­uled for Wed­nes­day 11 Oc­to­ber.

“At­ten­dance to All-en­ergy Aus­tralia is very di­verse,” Mr Clark said.

“We at­tract in­stall­ers, engi­neers, build­ing and con­struc­tion, de­vel­op­ers, in­vestors, con­sul­tants, govern­ment de­part­ments, coun­cils, SME, util­i­ties and of course many sup­pli­ers to this in­dus­try; the list is very long.”

Mr Clark said the team were look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing vis­i­tors to this year’s event, and begin­ning prepa­ra­tions soon af­ter for 2018.

“Our plan­ning never stops for All-en­ergy Aus­tralia and feed­back is con­stant from all stake­hold­ers, speak­ers, ex­hibitors, spon­sors and del­e­gates,” he said.

“The free-to-at­tend model works very well for us and feed­back from all stake­hold­ers is how it should stay, and that is our in­ten­tion.”

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