By Patricia Alfaro, Re-Powering NSW

Following 2016’s second COAG energy council meeting, NSW Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy, Anthony Roberts said, “A number of key reform steps have been agreed to support innovation in the market, including how it can assist the uptake of battery storage and assist in integrating renewable energy in the National Energy Market.

“These measures will also be supported by the NSW Government’s work to develop an Advanced Energy Strategy, in order to continue an affordable and reliable energy future for NSW.”

To meet this goal all stakeholders of the State’s energy system must be considered. It must also consider all possible technologies and cost-effective approaches for a smooth transition.

This is exactly the theme of the Re-Powering NSW conference, being held 25-27 October at the Powerhouse Museum.

The event is gathering a large number of the State’s stakeholders and covering a broad range of topics to address the State’s transition to a low carbon environment.  

Industry, investors, policymakers, researchers and academia will explore the most suitable and efficient ways to design, finance and build better and more sustainable the future energy systems for New South Wales.

Keynote presentations will identify and seek to address the flaws and gaps across aspects including policy, investment, technology, attitudes, management and security.

Industry leaders will examine new thinking about the structure, processes and policies that are needed to ensure effective integration between different parts of the energy system, from end users to resources.

Panel discussions will address the challenges on every stakeholder’s minds. These discussions will include:

  • What can lessons from other states tell us about the challenges the energy system faces, successful approaches and unintended consequences?
  • How can the cost of energy systems be optimised and what needs to happen to drive a step change in investment?
  • What are the commitments and conflicts that will emerge and develop over the next 10 years?
  • How can the transition to a low carbon system be best managed to minimise the risks arising from stranded assets and incorporate appropriate attribution of transition costs?
  • What are the different approaches to energy policy and what is driving them?
  • What can be learnt about technology and its implementation as we move to a more integrated, intelligent energy system?
  • What sort of societal change is required for the State and where is societal engagement working?
  • What roles do emerging technologies play and what are their development and implementation trajectories?
  • How will people’s use of and attitudes towards energy change and what will be the drivers in this evolution?
  • Where are non-energy technology breakthroughs coming from and what parallel lessons can be learnt?
  • How will the role of states and institutions in policy and regulation evolve to incorporate change?

Discussions will be led by the conference chairs, Keith Orchison, former APPEA and ESAA chief executive, and Andy Lloyd, Chair, Energy Policy Institute of Australia.

Re-Powering NSW is a unique chance to gain insight and analysis from industry leaders, entrepreneurs, financiers and policy makers- all under one roof.

This partner content is brought to you by Re-Powering NSW conference 2016. For more information, download a conference brochure at

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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