The Australian wind energy sector is going from strength to strength. On the back of a bumper 2017 year for renewable energy, the sector saw a record $9 billion in activity and 547MW of new capacity added.

This year has been no different with more projects proposed and under construction. The 10th Anniversary Australian Wind Energy & Storage Conference will continue the conversation, showcasing a variety of case studies, project updates and a the impact on regional development.

Commencing on Wednesday 19 September in Sydney, attendees will hear morning presentations covering the market state of play, storage and finance from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Richard Lowe of TransGrid. In addition, Cameron Potter from Hydro Tasmania will discuss the role of the Tasmanian renewable energy and storage in Australia’s future NEM; Epuron will provide a project update; and there will be an informative panel discussion on policy, regulation and the NEG.

In the afternoon, CWP Renewables Senior Development Manager, Mark Branson, and Achim Hoehne of Windlab, will provide an update on their respective projects;Simon Kidston of Genex Power, will speak on the integration of wind and pumped storage to deliver base load renewable energy; while Dr Jarra Hicks will take a further look into community engagement.

Day two commences with opening remarks from Australian Wind Alliance National Coordinator Andrew Bray, before a presentation covering the future NEM by Leonard Quong, Senior Associate, Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Following a networking session, a regional development panel will investigate the impact large scale development will have on regional economies, headlined by Armidale Regional Council Mayor, Cr Simon Murray and Megan Dixon of Regional Development Australia – Orana NSW.

A special presentation delving into pumped hydro and wind generation from Professor Andrew Blakers will complete the conference.

For more information, visit the Australian Wind Energy & Storage Summit’s website.

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