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Energy Networks Australia’s biennial conference and exhibition is fast approaching. Don’t miss your chance to network with leading thinkers and innovators in technology, service delivery and asset management, as well as policy and regulation.

As the only energy networks conference and exhibition in the Australian market developed by the industry for the industry, this is your opportunity to be part of this critical national conversation on the future of the energy grid.

The landscape for the energy network sector has shifted dramatically with major changes in technology, customer behaviour and regulation. Energy networks are leading the transformation of the grid into a platform for new products and services — empowering customers with new information, new tools and new ways to cut costs.

A new feature of this year’s event is two one-day forums designed for senior staff in critical operational areas. Each Network Operations Forum will consider the latest operational practices and technology in supporting the modern grid.

On Wednesday 6 June, the Internet of energy: data, security & network operations forum will take place. Exploring the topics of ‘Unblocking the value of IoT’, ‘Protected assets: energy and cyber security’ and ‘Asset information: energy data analytics’, participants will be addressed by a range of industry experts from Boston Consulting Group, PwC and IBM.

The ongoing challenge of Vegetation Management will be discussed by the second forum on Thursday 7 June. Speakers from member networks and suppliers including Intelfuse, GHD and ENSPEC Environment and Risk will share their experience on strategic approaches to vegetation management, technology and innovation, plus vegetation management operations.

Forum participants can register at a special one-day forum delegate rate of $880. These tickets give participants access to the day’s forum, plus full access to the exhibition hall and morning plenary session.

A prominent figure in this broader transformation is British entrepreneur Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Chairman of Liberty House Group.

Energy Networks Australia is delighted to announce that Mr Gupta will deliver the conference’s keynote address on 7 June.

Mr Gupta heads a global enterprise with activities spanning steel and aluminium production, engineering, power generation, banking and commodities trading. A key part of the business’ success is its GREENSTEEL strategy, which the company is utilising to help revitalise parts of Britain’s steelmaking industry.

It is a strategy Gupta’s family companies recently introduced to Australia with the 2017 acquisition of the mining assets of Arrium Steelworks in Whyalla, South Australia.

This purchase, together with the acquisition of a majority stake in battery storage and solar energy firm Zen Energy by another Gupta family company SIMEC Group, and the purchase of the Tahmoor coal mine from Glencore, is intended to create Australia’s first fully integrated steel business.

Mr Gupta’s insights into energy intensive manufacturing in an age of renewables and intense competition will be a fascinating contribution to the Energy Networks 2018 conversation.

Plenary sessions will feature industry leaders from across the network sector including Nino Ficca (AusNet Services), Guy Chalkley (Western Power), Paul Italiano (TransGrid), Richard Gross (Ausgrid), Ben Wilson (Australian Gas Infrastructure Group) and David Smales (Energy Queensland).

NSW Resources, Energy and Utilities Minister, Don Harwin, and Australian Environment and Energy Minister, Josh Frydenberg, will also address the conference.

Energy Networks Australia is delighted to welcome Peter J Peacock, Chair Customer Forum for Water in Scotland; Blanca Losada, Chief Technology Officer, Gas Natural and Chief Executive Officer Gas, Natural Fenosa Engineering; and Susan Kennedy, Founder and CEO, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, along with several other esteemed leaders in the field.

The concurrent program features more than 60 national and international experts who will discuss the key issues affecting Australia’s energy future. Speakers come from a range of energy sector businesses, leading service and technology providers and research organisations including Reposit Power, Landis+Gyr, Boston Consulting Group, CSIRO, Siemens, ABB, Flow Power and ARENA.

Topics to be explored include customer engagement, asset management, energy network transformation, regulation and tariffs, microgrids, embedded generation, and metering and grid intelligence.
The Meet the Industry Breakfast will again be held in 2018, providing exhibitors and sponsors the opportunity to invite guests through the Exhibition Hall and to network with the sector.

Exhibitors will also be welcome to participate in the conference sessions.

For more information on the conference program visit www.energynetworks2018.com.au. With a large number of delegates and exhibitors, this biennial event is your opportunity to stay at the forefront of a sector in the midst of unprecedented change.

Join the critical energy conservation and help identify solutions that will deliver value for consumers and network operators.

Tuesday 5 June to Thursday 7 June, 2018. International Convention Centre, Sydney

Registrations are open for Energy Networks 2018 – Vision Critical. Visit www.energynetworks2018.com.au to download the program, register and view information on fees, accommodation and social functions.

This partner content is brought to you by Energy Networks Australia. For more information, visit www.energynetworks2018.com.au.

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