Global Speakers

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Vanya Kumar

Executive Director, Commercial and Investment Attraction

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Topic: Clean Energy Future: How Can The Victorian Government Make Renewable Energy Zones A Success?

Dept of Energy Land Water And Planning

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Gabrielle Kuiper

Guest Contributor

Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA)

DER Specialist and IEEFA Guest Contributor, Dr Gabrielle Kuiper is an energy, sustainability and climate change professional with over twenty years’ experience in the corporate world, government and non-government organisations and academia. She was previously the DER Strategy Specialist with the Energy Security Board. Prior to that Dr Kuiper held senior executive or senior advisory energy-related positions in the Office of the Australian Prime Minister, at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and in the NSW Government.

Panel Discussion: Integrating Distributed Energy Resources (DER): Why Should Technical Integration Be The First Priority

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Dr Deepika Mathur

Senior Research Fellow, Northern Institute

Charles Darwin University

Dr Deepika Mathur is a Research Fellow at the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University and is based at the Alice Springs campus. Her area of research is examining ways regional towns can be made more sustainable and healthy through the built environment. In particular she has been conducting research on minimising construction waste generation and ways of recycling and reusing this waste in regional towns such as Alice Springs.

Topic: Case Study: Sustainable Future In End Of Life Management For Solar Panels

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Ariel Liebman, PhD (Forum Chairperson)

Director

Monash Energy Institute

Panel Discussion: Integrating Distributed Energy Resources (DER): Why Should Technical Integration Be The First Priority (Moderator)

Monash Energy Institute

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Alan Reid

Head Of Operations

Reposit Power

Topic: Award Winning Virtual Power Plant: How Reposit Solves Grid Challenges That Arise From Wholesale Market Volatility, Peaks In Demand And Generation?

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Darren Gladman

Director, Distributed Energy

Clean Energy Council

Topic: National Energy Laws Amendment: Implications Of The New Framework That Allows DNSPs To Take Customers Off Grid

Clean Energy Council

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Gregory Abramowitz

Head of Orchestration Platform and Operations

AGL Energy

Topic: 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

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Laurie Curro

Head of Power Systems

Horizon Power

Topic: Horizon Power’s Case Study: Australia’s First Remote Microgrid Using Renewable Hydrogen Generation To Supply Over 50% Of Energy Needs 

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James Eggleston

Doctoral Researcher

Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP)

Topic: Prosumer Led Network Effects Of Distributed Energy Resources

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Ed Chan

Director

Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC)

Panel Discussion: Integrating Distributed Energy Resources (DER): Why Should Technical Integration Be The First Priority

Australian Energy Market Commission

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Dr Scott Dwyer

Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF)

University of Technology Sydney

Topic: MyTown Microgrid Heyfield: Innovative Local Energy System Feasibility Study

Panel Discussion: Integrating Distributed Energy Resources (DER): Why Should Technical Integration Be The First Priority

University of Technology Sydney

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Andrew Blakers

Professor

Australian National University

Topic: Pathway To Net Zero Emissions By 2040: Electricity Prices, Emissions And Australia’s Rapid Solar/Wind Deployment

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Vanessa Ratard

Senior Project Manager

Ekistica

Panel Discussion: Integrating Distributed Energy Resources (DER): Why Should Technical Integration Be The First Priority

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Adam Falzon

Managing Director

Australian Wind And Solar

Panel Discussion: Integrating Distributed Energy Resources (DER): Why Should Technical Integration Be The First Priority

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Andrew Pintar

Manager, Microgrid Strategy & Commercialisation

Monash University

Topic: Case Study: Evaluating The Results From Installing 1 MWh Behind-The-Meter Energy Storage System On A University Campus With 20 Buildings

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Kapz Malhotra

General Manager, Customer and Innovation

ATCO, Gas Division, Australia

Topic: Case Study: ATCO’s Hydrogen Microgrid Journey

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Eduardo Robaina

EVP Operations

Add Energy

Panel Discussion: Integrating Distributed Energy Resources (DER): Why Should Technical Integration Be The First Priority

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Lachlan Blackhall

Entrepreneurial Fellow and Head, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program, Research School of Engineering

ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

Topic: Battery Storage And Grid Integration: VPP Capabilities And New Models Of Storage Deployment And Customer Representation

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Julia Halioua

Sustainability Advisor

Frasers Property Australia

Topic: Case Study: Net Zero Energy Demand Homes

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Chris Twomey

Head of Operations

Elliott Green Power

Topic: Nevertire Solar Farm: Insights From A Large-Scale Solar Projects To Provide Affordable, Reliable And Sustainable Electricity For Australians

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