Time is running out to book for Energy Networks 2016 – Energy in Transition. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this vital, national conversation.

Energy Networks 2016 will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from Wednesday 18 May – Friday 20 May 2016.

The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia, will be opening Energy Networks 2016, on Thursday 19 May.

With an election due to be held this year, the new Minister’s address will be an important contribution to the national conversation on the future of electricity and gas services, and priorities in energy and carbon policy.

In addition to Minister Frydenberg, the ENA also welcomes Mr Basil Scarsella AM, Chief Executive Officer, UK Power Networks, who will deliver the International Utility – Keynote Address, and Dr Lawrence Jones, Vice President, International Programs, Edison Electric Institute, who will provide the Energy in Transition – Keynote Address.

With an important line­up of speakers across the conference’s plenary sessions and a packed concurrent program, Energy Networks 2016 will deliver access to leading international and domestic industry executives and practitioners.

One session entitled ‘Bring it on!’ hosts Terry Effeney, Chief Executive, Energex; Prasanna Venkatesan, President & CEO, Americas, Landis+Gyr; Lena Hansen, Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute; and Professor Dr Gerald Linke, CEO of the Gas and Water Association of Germany (DVGW) and the Chair of the Research, Development and Innovation Committee of the IGU, discussing the new energy future, what it may look like and what it will take to deliver new services and technology for energy customers.

Then at ‘The Unlocked Grid’ session, Paul Nahi, President & CEO, Enphase; Andrew Vesey, Managing Director & CEO, AGL; Ann Burns, Managing Director Resources ANZ, Accenture; and Tim Rourke, Chief Executive Officer, CitiPower & Powercor, will discuss innovation, disruption and competition in the energy sector, and the outlook for a new, customer­centric business model.

We are delighted to confirm that James O’Loghlin – lawyer, comedian and media personality – will facilitate the plenary sessions on day two. As the former host of The New Inventors, he continues to be passionate about innovation and is keen to demonstrate the ways in which companies can create a culture that encourages innovation.

Delegates will find that there is something in the program for all energy networks sector professionals.

New – Operational Best Practice Workshop

A new feature of Energy Networks 2016 is the Operational Best Practice Workshop. Designed specifically for network business line managers and operational staff, this workshop will consider the latest practices and technology that support the modern grid, and will appeal to a broad range of those working in the industry.

A key feature of the workshop will be a Keynote Address from Professor Melinda Hodkiewicz on the practical implementation of ISO 55000, and lessons from overseas and other industries.

In addition to Professor Hodkiewicz, five fundamental elements in the safe and efficient operation of electricity distribution and transmission networks will be discussed over the course of the workshop, including: substation modernisation, vegetation management, community and safety, managing embedded generation on the grid, and asset management and reporting.

Managing vital electricity assets and integrating new technology and services on the grid, while meeting the core responsibility to deliver safe and reliable energy in diverse conditions, is a critical issue for network businesses.

Expert speakers across the two days will come from electricity networks, service and technology providers and research agencies, including Oracle Utilities, United Energy, Siemens, Fugro Roams, Geomatic Technologies, North Power, Ergon Energy, AECOM, Wilson Transformer Company and CSIRO.

Operational Best Practice Workshop registration includes access to all Operational Best Practice Workshop sessions plus the Exhibition itself. Workshop attendees will also be welcome to participate in the Welcome Reception and Meet the Industry Breakfast.

Sponsorship and exhibition places available

Energy Networks 2016 is offering extensive opportunities for businesses that supply the industry to meet key decision­makers in the energy networks sector through sponsorship or exhibiting in the Exhibition Hall.

With increased attendance in 2014, Energy Networks 2016 is an important opportunity for all businesses across the energy supply sector to make direct contact with relevant industry people. Exhibitors are also welcome to participate in the conference sessions.

A number of exciting sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are still available, so visit the Energy Networks 2016 website today to download the Sponsorship and Exhibition Prospectus. Sponsorship packages can be tailored to your business’s requirements so take action today to ensure your preferred level of engagement is secured.

Interest in the event grows stronger every year and conference registrations have exceeded expectations to date. Registrations from gas and electricity network businesses have surpassed those received in 2014, in addition to strong registrations from across the supply chain, government, research organisations and industry suppliers. Book your place today to meet key decision­makers from across the industry.

Register today for Energy Networks 2016 – Energy in Transition, the Energy Networks Association (ENA) biennial Conference and Exhibition which will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from Wednesday 18 May to Friday 20 May 2016. Significant discounts are also available for group bookings made by a company in a single transaction.

Updates are available at or twitter @EN_2016.

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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