Experts to discuss Australia's energy future

Monday, 25 February, 2019

Experts to discuss Australia's energy future

The countdown is on for the Smart Energy Conference and Exhibition 2019 (Smart Energy 2019), which will gather renewable energy specialists on 2–3 April in Sydney to explore Australia’s energy transformation under the theme ‘Shaping our Energy Future’.

Over two days, attendees can hear presentations from over 100 speakers across three stream conference programs: Applied Energy Storage, Smart Energy Solutions and Installer Professional Development.

Smart Energy Council CEO John Grimes said Smart Energy 2019 will set the stage for the climate change election with speakers including Victoria’s Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio and former NSW Australian of the Year Jon Dee.

John Hewson will chair the opening plenary, and there will be keynote speeches from:

  • Alan Kohler, Australia’s leading finance and investment commentator.
  • Audrey Zibelman, Chief Executive of Australian Energy Market Operator.
  • Ian Learmonth, Chief Executive of Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
  • Oliver Yates, leading renewables investor and candidate for the federal seat of Kooyong.

“With so many sector leaders under one roof, this event will highlight the ways in which our energy sector is transitioning the future, balancing the needs for smart, clean and efficient renewable energy with the demand for cheaper electricity,” Grimes said.

The conference program will cover the latest Australian and international market trends, finance and investment, demand response and energy efficiency, transforming to zero carbon, government initiatives, project development, alternative energy including hydrogen, energy storage and efficiency, and new technologies. Sustainable transport is another topic that will be explored by CWP Renewables Business Development Manager Andrew Dickson and Hydrogen Mobility Australia CEO Claire Johnson, who will discuss hydrogen and alternative fuels.

Presentation topics will include: Utility Capabilities for advanced DER Integration; Virtual power plants and Customer Choice; Microgrids: Real World Applications with Hydrogen and Battery Storage; AS5139 new battery and storage standard; Impacts of AS3000 on installers/AS5033 Solar Standard Amendments; and charging requirements for EVs.

As well as hearing from industry experts, Smart Energy 2019 will: showcase the latest in product innovation from 120+ exhibitors and partners; provide networking and social events such as the breakfast symposium, coffee lounges, lunch mixers and networking drinks; offer attendees the opportunity to earn CPD points by attending sessions in the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) designed Professional Development program.

To see the full 2019 program and register for the free event, visit:

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