Energy Networks Australia has announced that the 2014 program will be opened by the Federal Minister for Industry, The Hon. Ian Macfarlane MP on Wednesday the 30th April 2014 in Melbourne.

Minister Macfarlane brings more than a decade of experience in the energy portfolio. He brings deep understanding and a pragmatic approach to energy policy and reform and his address to the conference comes at a critical point in the development of the Australian Government’s 2014 Energy White Paper.

CSIRO and the Energy Networks Association are partnering for the event which, featuring international and national leaders on reform, innovation, technology and regulation, should be the pre-eminent conference of the year dedicated to the national conversation about the future of the energy supply system.

The partnership between ENA and CSIRO is a natural progression from the release of the CSIRO Future Grid Forum Report: Change and Choice – The Future Grid Forum’s analysis of Australia’s potential electricity pathways to 2050.  Based on 18 months of comprehensive modelling, and overseen by diverse stakeholders, the Forum Report analyses four scenarios for the electricity supply system until 2050.

For electricity networks, the Forum Report provides important insights which often get little airplay in public debate about the future of the electricity industry. The mega-shifts identified in the Forum Report are developed around the potential for different profiles of energy consumption, on-site generation, renewable energy and network service delivery.

These mega-shifts are advancements of current innovation in advanced metering, embedded generation and storage trials underway now within our Australian electricity networks. It is these fundamental advancements in the nature of the electricity grid, and the challenges faced by network businesses that will be examined at Energy Networks 2014.

Energy Networks 2014, hosted by the Energy Networks Association, will be held in Melbourne between the 29th April and the 1st May 2014.
Visit the Energy Networks 2014 website to register and to download the program featuring leading international and domestic executives and practitioners.

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