Energy Networks Australia’s biennial conference and exhibition is fast approaching. Don’t miss your chance to connect with leading thinkers and technology innovators, service delivery and asset management experts, and policy and regulation professionals.

With the full program now launched, keen interest from across Australia and beyond is continuing to build for Energy Networks 2018. Energy Networks Australia is delighted to showcase cutting edge thinking, technology and solutions from right across the energy sector.

Energy Networks 2018 – Vision Critical will be held in Sydney at the International Convention Centre from Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 June 2018. This is an exciting time to be involved in the energy sector. Energy networks are leading the transformation of the grid into a platform for new products and services that empower customers with new information, new tools and new ways to manage energy.

Energy Networks 2018, the only energy networks conference and exhibition in the Australian market developed by the industry for the industry, has unrivalled access to industry leaders. On day two of the conference, the Energy Networks 2018 Leaders’ Panel will take place. Paula Conboy (Australian Energy Regulator), Ed McManus (Meridian Energy and Powershop Australia), Paul Italiano (Transgrid), Richard Gross (Ausgrid) and Ben Wilson (Australian Gas Infrastructure Group) will explore the current energy landscape and provide their insights into the challenges and opportunities facing their organisations and the sector as a whole.

Attendance at this session is a must for anyone wanting to understand how key industry leaders perceive Australia’s energy future.

Other plenary sessions will feature additional industry leaders from across the network sector including Nino Ficca (AusNet Services), Guy Chalkley (Western Power) and David Smales (Energy Queensland). NSW Energy and Utilities Minister, Don Harwin, and Australian Environment and Energy Minister, Josh Frydenberg, will also address the conference.

Paula Conboy, Chair, Australian Energy Regulator

Energy Networks Australia is delighted to welcome international plenary speakers from around the world, including Peter J Peacock, Chair Customer Forum for Water in Scotland; Blanca Losada, Chief Technology Officer, Gas Natural and Chief Executive Officer Gas, Natural Fenosa Engineering, Spain; and Susan Kennedy, Founder and CEO, Advanced Microgrid
Solutions in the United States, along with a number of other esteemed leaders in the field.

The concurrent program features more than 60 national and international experts who will discuss the key issues affecting Australia’s energy future. Speakers come from a range of energy sector businesses, leading service and technology providers and research organisations including Reposit Power, Landis+Gyr, Boston Consulting Group, CSIRO, Siemens, ABB, Flow
Power and ARENA. Topics to be explored include customer engagement, asset management, energy network transformation, regulation and tariffs, microgrids, embedded generation and metering, and grid intelligence.

Running alongside the concurrent program will be the Network Operations Forums. Designed for network business line managers and operational staff, they will consider the latest operational practices and technology in supporting the modern grid. Wednesday’s forum is titled ‘Internet of energy: data, security & network operations’, while Thursday’s will focus on the key topic of vegetation management.

The Meet the Industry breakfast will again be held in 2018, providing exhibitors and sponsors the opportunity to invite guests through the exhibition hall and to network with the sector. Exhibitors will also be welcome to participate in the conference sessions.

For more information on the conference program, visit With increased attendance in 2016, this biennial event is your opportunity to stay at the forefront of a sector in the midst of unprecedented change.

Join the critical energy conversation and help identify solutions that will deliver value for consumers and network operators.


Tuesday 5 June to Thursday 7 June, 2018.


International Convention Centre, Sydney


Registrations are open for Energy Networks 2018 – Vision Critical.

Visit to download the program, register and view information on fees, accommodation and social functions.

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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