By Patricia Alfaro, Conference Director, Australian Energy Week 2016

Australia’s energy industry is undergoing a significant transformation as the sector decarbonises, decentralises and digitalises, and as consumers become increasingly engaged and active.

These significant market forces are compelling the existing players in the market to rethink their business strategies, with many leading utilities realigning their executive teams and organisational structures to better focus on new markets and emerging technologies.

It also creates an opportunity for new and innovative business to enter and disrupt.

With digital disruption, the continuing rise of the ‘prosumer’ and adoption of new technologies like storage is just the beginning.

The recent announcement of Telstra’s plans to enter the energy market is also only the beginning.

Though the change is certainly not all about renewable technologies and digital disruption, HELE coal plants, CCS and nuclear are still potentially all critical to meet baseload demand and existing network infrastructure needs to be utilised as best as possible to meet rapidly evolving consumer demands.

There won’t be a rebuild of network infrastructure or an exodus of baseload generation overnight, rather clever managers will find innovative ways to ensure they all deliver the best market outcomes possible.

The energy market today is facing a series of challenges and uncertainties that are both extremely different and inextricably linked, making it particularly complex for managers from the length of the energy supply chain to effectively plan and build their strategies.

It is for this reason that there has never been a more important time for leaders from the length of the supply chain and policy makers to openly discuss and share their insights into their areas of expertise.

Australian Energy Week, to be held from 20 – 23 June in Melbourne, will be the only major energy event in 2016 bringing together all the key players from the length of the energy supply chain under one roof to share ideas, debate the key issues and analyse the outlook for all parts of the sector.

Australian Energy Week is an all-encompassing four-day event for senior representatives from all stakeholders in Australia’s energy sector who need to get to grips with the significant challenges facing the sector and identify what opportunities they create.

Australian Energy Week is not just an exciting new event, it is an opportunity for the industry as a whole to come together at the only one-stop-shop energy event in the country.

The event comes with an extremely strong pedigree, amalgamating a number of existing successful, high level conferences, the Eastern Australia’s Energy Markets Outlook Conference (EAEMO), the NEM Future Forum and the Electricity Storage Future Forum with some new and cutting edge content streams and an exciting new exhibition area.

To learn more, please download a conference brochure here.

Jessica Dickers is an experienced journalist, editor and content creator who is currently the Editor of Utility’s sister publication, Infrastructure. With a strong writing background, Jessica has experience in journalism, editing, print production, content marketing, event program creation, PR and editorial management. Her favourite part of her role as editor is collaborating with the sector to put together the best industry-leading content for the audience.

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