10:00 Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks & Thank You Sponsor Speech By Forum Producer
 10:10 Welcome Address By Forum Chairperson
Ariel-Liebman-rounded Ariel Liebman, PhD
Monash Energy Institute
Monash Energy Institute
 10:15 The Great Energy Transition: Outlook, Opportunities, Challenges And Regulations In A Transitioning Energy Sector Beyond 2021  
The pandemic has the potential to change the priority of government policies and budgets, developers’ investment decisions and the availability of financing through 2025. This casts a great deal of uncertainty on a market that had been expanding at a rapid pace in the previous five years. This session will share what are the resilience of renewables that will be tested beyond 2021 with regulatory changes and compliance challenges taking into consideration of the digital disruption from new utility business models.
Virtual Power Plant Implementations, Innovations And Future
 10:50 Clean Energy Future: How Can The Victorian Government Make Renewable Energy Zones A Success?  
Victoria is moving towards a future powered by renewable energy and we need to rethink the way we bring energy to communities. Victoria has legislated a new target of 50% renewable energy generation by 2030 and is rapidly adding renewable energy generation, which is cheaper to build than new coal plants. Victoria’s coal-fired generators will begin closing from 2029. Victoria relies on an electricity network designed to move electricity from coal-fired power plants in the Latrobe Valley around the state. Many renewable energy sources like wind and solar farms are located in many parts of the state such as Western Victoria, Great South Coast, as well as in the Gippsland region. This means we need to build new electricity links to share this energy across Victoria as well as into other states.To expand renewable energy in Victoria, the government and private sector need to work together. Renewable energy can bring many benefits including reliability, affordability and reduced emissions.
Vanya-Kumar-rounded Vanya Kumar
Executive Director, Commercial and Investment Attraction
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Dept of Energy Land Water And Planning
 11:25 Award Winning Virtual Power Plant: How Reposit Solves Grid Challenges That Arise From Wholesale Market Volatility, Peaks In Demand And Generation?  
A Canberra virtual power plant (VPP) has been recognized by Engineers Australia for its solar battery project. Act’s Reposit Power received the accolade for its technology, which makes the electricity system cheaper, cleaner and more reliable. Reposit Power won the Sir William Hudson Award. This is the highest honor awarded for a project in the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards. Because it allows energy utilities to tap into consumer’s solar batteries the VPP shores up the grid with secure renewable energy. This session will share an update of phase 2 of the project.
Alan-Reid-rounded Alan Reid
Head Of Operations
Reposit Power
 11:55 Pathway To Net Zero Emissions By 2040: Electricity Prices, Emissions And Australia’s Rapid Solar/Wind Deployment  
Australia is installing solar and wind faster than almost any other country. More solar & wind is reducing BOTH prices and AND emissions, so the net cost of emissions reductions is less than zero. A 100% renewable electricity grid will be more robust and reliable than at present.
Andrew-Blakers-rounded Andrew Blakers
Australian National University
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 12:30 Lunch Break
 13:30 Horizon Power’s Case Study: Australia’s First Remote Microgrid Using Renewable Hydrogen Generation To Supply Over 50% Of Energy Needs
Traditionally, remote communities are powered by diesel-generated microgrids. With this project, Horizon Power is testing if renewable hydrogen energy can be used to produce baseload power. The power supply for the hydrogen demonstration plant will come from a dedicated solar farm, with the plant expected to generate 526MWh per year, enough power for up to 100 homes.

Horizon Power’s Onslow system is set to be the home of Australia’s largest and most advanced distributed energy microgrid, aiming to supply more than 50 per cent of energy needs with renewable power. The remote microgrid market is expected to increase to over A$20 billion annually by 2024.

Laurie-Curro-rounded Laurie Curro
Head of Power Systems
Horizon Power
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 14:05 AGL’s Virtual Power Plant – How AGL’S VPP Can Dispatch Up To 12MWh Of Stored Energy And Managed By A Cloud-Based Control System
AGL’s VPP project comprises the installation and orchestration of a 5MW VPP consisting of up to 1,000 residential energy storage systems installed behind the meter, and capable of dispatching up to 12MWh of stored energy. It recently successfully completed Stage 2 of the three-stage deployment of energy storage systems. 312 batteries had been installed in customer’s homes and a new ESS technology energy storage system rolled out. Early trials showed that the VPP can respond as expected to both planned and unplanned dispatch events and has the potential to respond rapidly enough to participate in the 6 second contingency FCAS market. Stage 3 of the project will focus on completing the remainder of the 1,000 installations and further demonstration of VPP functionality for a number of network service and wholesale participation use cases.
Gregory-Abraamowitz-rounded Gregory Abramowitz
Head of Orchestration Platform and Operations
AGL Energy
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Microgrids Development & Innovations
 14:40 National Energy Laws Amendment: Implications Of The New Framework That Allows DNSPs To Take Customers Off Grid
A Stand-Alone Power System (SAPS) is an electricity supply arrangement that is not physically connected to the national grid. This includes microgrids, which supply electricity to multiple customers, and individual power systems, which supply electricity to a single customer.

Technological developments, and the falling costs of renewable generation and batteries, are making SAPS an increasingly viable way of supplying customers. When parts of the distribution network need to be upgraded, it may now be more efficient to service a group of customers via a SAPS rather than proceed with the upgrade.

SAPS are not generally captured under the national electricity frameworks and are currently subject to jurisdictional legislative frameworks that vary in their comprehensiveness. This can result in a preference for network upgrades over SAPS, even where the SAPS may be the most efficient option.

Darren-Gladman-rounded Darren Gladman
Director, Distributed Energy
Clean Energy Council
Clean Energy Council
 15:15 Case Study: Evaluating The Results From Installing 1 MWh Behind-The-Meter Energy Storage System On A University Campus With 20 Buildings
  • Examining the system design of the first and largest hybrid energy storage system in Australia
  • Developing a platform to control a wide range of distributed energy resources, including 1 MWh energy storage across 20 buildings
  • Understanding and quantifying the value gained from installing behind the-meter storage and how it can be deployed to the rest of the state
Andrew-Pintar-rounded Andrew Pintar
Manager, Microgrid Strategy & Commercialisation
Monash University
 15:45 Case Study: ATCO’s Hydrogen Microgrid Journey
Approximately 1000 solar panels have been installed at the Jandakot Operations Centre, capable of generating 300kW of power, which is approximately two and half times the daily power requirements of the facility.

The CEIH’s design stores 500kWh of energy in batteries, with excess renewable energy utilised to power an electrolyser for the production of hydrogen which can be stored or injected into the micro-grid for testing, as a direct fuel or blended with natural gas. The use of excess renewable energy, which has traditionally been lost, sets this project apart from other hydrogen trials currently underway in Australia.

Kapz-Malhotra-rounded Kapz Malhotra
General Manager, Customer and Innovation
ATCO, Gas Division, Australia
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 15:15 Closing Remarks By Forum Chairperson
Ariel-Liebman-rounded Ariel Liebman
Monash Energy Institute
Monash Energy Institute
 10:00 Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks & Thank You Sponsor Speech By Forum Producer
 10:10 Welcome Address By Forum Chairperson
Ariel-Liebman-rounded Ariel Liebman, PhD
Monash Energy Institute
Monash Energy Institute
Next Steps In Virtual Power Plants (VPP)
 10:15 AEMO Virtual Power Plant Demonstrations: Transforming A Scalable VPP Market Participation  
AEMO The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has published its first knowledge sharing report under its landmark virtual power plant (VPP) demonstrations program, which is intended to provide insights into the scalability and network services potential of VPPs. The session will share insight on how the South Australia-based Tesla-Energy Locals VPP responded to price signals and frequency level and helps further understand the benefits consumers can have from participating in VPPs.
 10:50 Prosumer Led Network Effects Of Distributed Energy Resources  
Energy crisis, economic and environmental concerns have led the way to prosumer-based electricity market where consumers and utilities can participate in market operations for economic benefits. Distributed energy resources and energy storage on prosumer facilities can provide significant financial savings for the consumer and grid support for the utilities. This session will cover what are the latest trend and benefits around this area.
James-Eggleston-rounded James Eggleston
Doctoral Researcher
Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP)
 11:25 Panel Discussion: Integrating Distributed Energy Resources (DER): Why Should Technical Integration Be The First Priority  
This discussion will cover what can be learnt from the integration of DER in Australia so far and how it might better inform Australia’s investment program. Discuss will cover from technical, regulatory and market integration perspectives on why technical integration is the first priority or should it be first priority. Is Technical integration work vital to support consumer and investor confidence in DER in Australia? How can it encompass the quality of DER products and installations, integration into the distribution grid and providing certainty of return on investment?
Ariel-Liebman-rounded Ariel Liebman, PhD
Monash Energy Institute

Monash Energy Institute
Ed-Chan-rounded Ed Chan
Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC)
Australian Energy Market Commission
Scott-Dwyer-rounded Dr Scott Dwyer
Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF)
University of Technology Sydney
University of Technology Sydney
Vanessa-Ratard-rounded Vanessa Ratard
Senior Project Manager
Adam-Falzon-rounded Adam Falzon
Managing Director
Australian Wind And Solar
Australian Wind and Solar
Eduardo-Robaina-photo-rounded Eduardo Robaina
EVP Operations
Add Energy
Gabrielle-Kuiper-rounded Gabrielle Kuiper
Guest Contributor
Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA)
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 12:15 Lunch Break
Innovations In Grid Scale Energy Storage: Growth And Developments
 13:15 Battery Storage And Grid Integration: VPP Capabilities And New Models Of Storage Deployment And Customer Representation
The Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program is taking a holistic, transdisciplinary approach to the development, integration, operation and optimisation of energy storage in electricity grids and electricity markets globally. Issues of energy equity and justice must be considered alongside issues of energy reliability and energy security as we transition our electricity sector away from coal-fired power generation towards a grid primarily powered by renewable generation and energy storage.
Lachlan-Blackhall-rounded Lachlan Blackhall
Entrepreneurial Fellow and Head, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program, Research School of Engineering
ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
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 13:50 MyTown Microgrid Heyfield: Innovative Local Energy System Feasibility Study
MyTown Microgrid is an innovative, multi-year, multi-stakeholder project undertaking a detailed data-led feasibility study for the historic town of Heyfield.

$1.8 million from the Federal Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund and $100,000 from the Latrobe Valley Authority was granted to the project partners to undertake a study, testing what local energy solution is feasible and desirable for the town.

The Heyfield Community Resource Centre, Wattwatchers Digital Energy, and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) are leading the project. More and more communities are taking control of their own energy supply in Australia. Spurred by new, affordable, clean technology options, these communities are part of a global movement changing the way electricity is generated, transmitted, stored, and used. Localized solutions empower communities to become resilient and adapt to crisis situations.

Assessment and design will be built on a platform of deep community engagement and capacity building. The objective is a better energy future for the people of Heyfield, and a role model for other communities.

Scott-Dwyer-rounded Dr Scott Dwyer
Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF)
University of Technology Sydney
University of Technology Sydney
Renewable Energy Innovations
 14:25 Case Study: Net Zero Energy Demand Homes
Net Zero Energy Demand homes have the potential to reduce energy costs for homeowners and residents while also reducing emissions through deploying energy efficiency, demand management and renewable energy in new build houses. While this needs to be done rapidly it also needs to be done in a measured way that does not compromise the grid, nor put substantial additional pressures on housing affordability.
Julia-halioua-rounded Julia Halioua
Sustainability Advisor
Frasers Property Australia
 14:55 Nevertire Solar Farm: Insights From A Large-Scale Solar Project To Provide Affordable, Reliable And Sustainable Electricity For Australians
The Nevertire Solar Farm has an installed capacity of 132MW capable of generating circa 250 GWh of green electricity each year. The site will cover an area of 180 hectares and comprise approximately 400,000 solar panels, installed on ground-mounted single axis tracking frames. The 132MW Nevertire Solar Farm is located near Warren in north-west New South Wales. The farm has generated renewable electricity which will feed into the national electricity grid and use standard, flat solar photovoltaic (PV) modules installed on ground-mounted single axis tracking frames.

This session will cover some point on construction techniques, solar forecasting and capital costs, to Operations and Maintenance (O&M) practices and grid impacts.

Chris-Twomey-rounded Chris Twomey
Head of Operations
Elliott Green Power
Elliott Green Power
 15:25 Case Study: Sustainable Future In End Of Life Management For Solar Panels
Installing solar panels is an easy way to lower your carbon footprint and cut electricity bills. But our recent research found there are many incentives to remove them prematurely, adding to Australia’s massive waste problem.

Researchers predict Australia will accumulate one million tonnes of solar panel waste by 2047 – the same weight as 19 Sydney Harbour Bridges.

But this number is likely to be higher, as we found people often choose to remove panels after just 10 to 12 years of use. This is much earlier than their estimated end-of-life age of 30 years (and potentially older).

Unfortunately, recycling is just a small part of the solution. So why is this happening, and what can we do about it?

Deepika-Mathur-rounded Dr Deepika Mathur
Senior Research Fellow, Northern Institute
Charles Darwin University
Charles Darwin University 2
Blockchain, AI And Analytics
 15:55 Case Study: How Power Ledgers’ Blockchain-Enabled Virtual Power Plant Benefits The Peer-To-Peer Electricity Trading For Communities And Grid Expansion
Power Ledger Power Ledger has partnered with energy provider Powerclub to deploy its blockchain technology for solar energy trading on a commercial scale and give South Australian households greater control over their energy use. Under the major deal, Powerclub users will be able to pool their net solar and battery storage to act as a virtual power plant (VPP) and gain access to wholesale electricity prices.
 16:25 Closing Remarks By Forum Chairperson
Ariel-Liebman-rounded Ariel Liebman
Monash Energy Institute
Monash Energy Institute


 10:00 – 10:45
Workshop A: Smart Grid Solutions To Address The Rise Of Microgrids
Smart grid vector diagram. Smart communication grid, smart technology town, electric smart grid, energy smart grid illustration Recognizing that microgrids will exist with or without utility involvement, this session covers how utilities can leverage their smart grid investments to capitalize on the value proposition that occurs by working with the microgrid owner.
 11:00 – 11:45 Workshop B: Customer-Owned Microgrids  
Electricity production transforming and distribution network isometric flowchart infographic scheme with overhead transmission line background vector illustration Why do consumers choose to build microgrids? In this session, we will focus on business case and desired outcomes, technical choices frequently available, and impacts to the utility.
 13:00 – 13:45
Workshop C: Solar PV Systems: The Compliant And Non-Compliant Installations  
Active people on bikes, windmills and house with solar panel on rooftop flat vector illustration. Cartoon characters living healthy lifestyle. Renewable energy and smart technology concept This interactive workshop is designed to address common installation issues that lead to solar PV system non-compliance. Why is this important? The system has to be installed correctly to satisfy Australian and New Zealand standards and guidelines, in order to be eligible for STCs. If there are any non-compliant issues, the rebate cannot be claimed.