By Aleks Zids, Quest Events

As Australia’s energy infrastructure transitions away from fossil fuels and towards a low carbon and increasingly distributed future there are difficult questions and decisions to be made concerning the future for the sector.

There is a two-fold energy challenge – meeting the needs of millions of consumers and high energy intensive companies with low-cost, reliable energy while simultaneously participating in a global transition to clean, low-carbon energy systems.

The choices industry and policy leaders make will have significant macroeconomic impacts and shape the market of tomorrow.

With tensions high and a great political divide, 2016 is seeing important policy developments and investments that are impacting the industry and will change Australia’s energy mix for the coming years.

New technologies, new market players, new investments and new business models are shaping the Australian electricity and gas markets well into the next decade.

So how is the industry progressing, who is leading the transition, what strategic investment decisions are being made?

With market leaders and investors now facing these important market uncertainties, Australian Energy Week, to be held in June in Melbourne will give light to the future roadmap, gathering federal and state policymakers and rule makers, financial experts, and leading national energy companies paving the way in this transition.

One conference highlight will be the keynote panel discussion on the opening conference day, focused on “managing in an environment of change”.

In this interactive panel, industry leaders including: AEMC Chairman John Pierce, Origin Energy Energy Markets CEO Frank Calabria, CS Energy CEO Martin Moore, Transgrid CEO Paul Italiano, and Infigen Energy Managing Director Miles George will discuss their insights into the changing energy market dynamics.

Australian Energy Week is bringing together all the key players from the length of the energy supply chain under one roof and promises to be the most significant energy event of 2016.

It’s not just an exciting new event, it builds on a long history of successful, high level energy events – the Eastern Australia’s Energy Markets Outlook conference, the NEM Future Forum, and the Electricity Storage Future Forum and also adds new content streams and an engaging exhibition area.

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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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