• National Energy Summit

    Attended by over 300 industry stakeholders, including governments, regulators, investors, and consumers, the National Energy Summit serves as an important platform for policy debate surrounding Australia’s energy crisis.

    9-10 October 2019 | Sofitel Sydney Wentworth


Super Early Bird Rate $3,195 + GST ($600) – Expires 31 July 2019 // See Pricing below


The Australian Financial Review is pleased to present the third annual National Energy Summit on 9-10 October 2019 at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.

Bringing together over 300 key industry stakeholders – political leaders, regulators, energy producers, disrupters, and users – this comprehensive, two-day event is a critical platform for the nation’s highest-level discussions of Australia’s energy challenges and opportunities.

Join us as we work to determine a stable policy framework for providing more investment certainty, reducing carbon emissions, securing reliable power supply, and lowering prices.

Key topics to include:

  • Beyond policy uncertainty – Shaping a competitive and affordable energy market in Australia
  • Redefining the role of government and industry in the quest for a low carbon future
  • Understanding and engaging customers and communities
  • What role should the regulators play in a new energy market?
  • Ensuring sufficient gas supply to the domestic market without market distortions
  • Future energy mix – the outlook for renewable energy in Australia and what does a renewable future mean for system reliability?
  • The role of hydrogen in a carbon-constrained global economy and the opportunities for Australia
  • What role does the grid play in the development of new generation resources – and how will it do this?
  • Thinking about solutions – Innovative end-users initiatives
  • Capital investment and new financing models — What are the major concerns for investors looking to fund Australian generation assets?

The full 2019 agenda is coming soon. Register you interest to receive a copy.

“There are currently not many more important issues in Australia than the future of our energy sector”
Michael Rath, National Leader for Power and Utilities, Deloitte


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2018 Attendees

  • ACCC
  • Acciona Energy
  • Adelaide Brighton Cement Ltd
  • Advanced Integrated Energy Solutions
  • AEMO
  • Aggreko
  • AGL
  • AGL Energy
  • Alinta Energy
  • APA Group
  • APT Management Services Pty Ltd
  • AquaSure
  • ATCO Australia Pty Ltd
  • Ausgrid
  • Australia Pacific LNG
  • Australian Energy Council
  • Australian Energy Daily
  • Australian Energy Market Commission
  • Australian Energy Market Operator
  • Australian Energy Regulator
  • Australian Industrial Energy
  • Australian Pipelines & Gas Association
  • Australian Renewable Energy Agency
  • Bloomberg
  • BNG Group
  • BOC
  • Brickworks
  • Caltex Australia
  • Castlereagh Coal
  • CK Infrastructure Holdings Limited
  • Clean Energy Finance Corporation
  • Conergy Australia
  • CS Energy Ltd
  • CWP Renewables
  • Deloitte
  • Deloitte Access Economics
  • Deloitte India
  • Delta Electricity
  • Department for Energy & Mining
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet
  • Dow Asia Pacific
  • Dow Chemical
  • Energy Australia
  • Energy Consumers Australia
  • Energy Developments Pty Ltd
  • Energy Queensland Limited
  • Energy Security Board
  • EnergyAustralia
  • Enwave Australia
  • Epic Energy
  • ERM Power
  • Esso Australia
  • Federal Government
  • Federal Opposition
  • Finncorn Consulting
  • Flow Power
  • Gas Energy Australia
  • Gilbert + Tobin
  • GRACosway
  • Greensync
  • Horizon Power
  • Hydro Tasmania
  • Incitec Pivot
  • InfraRed Capital Partners Australia
  • Investor Group on Climate Change
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Japan Oil, Gas & Metals National Corporation
  • Jemena
  • KPMG
  • Laing O’Rourke
  • Macquarie Capital
  • Mears Group
  • Mergermarket
  • MHI Australia, Pty.LTD
  • Minter Ellison
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
  • MST Marquee
  • NERA
  • Newgate Australia
  • NSW Government
  • Orica
  • Origin Energy
  • Pacific Hydro
  • Power and Water Corporation
  • Powershop
  • PwC
  • Qenos
  • Quanta Services Australia Pty Ltd
  • Queensland Competition Authority
  • Queensland Resources Council
  • Queensland Treasury
  • Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners
  • RBC Capital Markets
  • RISC
  • Russell Northe Member for Morwell
  • Salini Impregilo SpA
  • Santos
  • Senex Energy
  • Shell Australia
  • Shell Energy Australia
  • Shell QGC
  • SIMEC ZEN Energy
  • Snack Brands Australia
  • Spark Infrastructure
  • Squadron Energy
  • State Grid International Development Co., Ltd
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
  • TasNetworks
  • Telstra Energy
  • Tesla
  • The Australian Financial Review
  • TransGrid
  • Transurban
  • TW Power Services Pty Ltd
  • Victoria Government
  • VisIR
  • VISY
  • Wesfarmers Kleenheat Gas Pty Ltd
  • Western Downs Regional Council
  • Western Power
  • Windlab
  • Woodside Energy Ltd
  • WSP
  • Yurika Pty Ltd
  • Zinfra Pty Ltd

2018 Agenda


Opening comments from the Chair

Michael Stutchbury, Editor Chief, The Australian Financial Review



Michael Rath, National Leader, Energy & Resources, Deloitte



The Ministerial Keynote Address | Delivering long-term energy policy

The Hon Angus Taylor MP, Minister for Energy, Federal Government


The ALP energy perspective

The Hon Mark Butler MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Federal Opposition


Chair: Mark Ludlow, Brisbane Bureau Chief, The Australian Financial Review


Listening to customers to meet their needs

Brett Redman, CEO (Interim), AGL


Re-imagining the energy market place

Dr Kerry Schott AO, Independent Chair, Energy Security Board


Pathways to regain Australia’s competitive advantage in energy

Frank Calabria, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Origin Energy


Networking and refreshment break


Panel Discussion – The Next Energy Market

Clare Savage, Deputy Chair, Energy Security Board
Mark Collette, Energy Executive, Energy Australia
Ian Macfarlane, Chief Executive, Queensland Resources Council
Ed McManus, CEO, Powershop Australia
Rosemary Sinclair CEO, Energy Consumers Australia
Moderator: Ben Potter, The Australian Financial Review


Victoria Energy Policy

The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Minister for Suburban Development, Victoria Government


With disruption comes opportunity

Audrey Zibelman, CEO, Australian Energy Market Operator


The role of the grid to unlock the potential of the energy sharing economy

Richard Gross, CEO, Ausgrid


Lunch and networking break


New South Wales Energy Policy

The Hon Don Harwin MLC, Minister for Resources, Minister for Energy and Utilities, Minister for the Arts, NSW Government


Renewable energy – a game changer
Delivering low cost sustainable energy solution to the market

Professor Ross Garnaut, President, SIMEC ZEN Energy



PANEL DISCUSSION: Evolving regulatory issues – Australia’s energy sector is becoming increasingly customer-centric, distributed and clean. So, how do we expect energy regulation to develop and what are the challenges/opportunities/considerations in the road ahead? Has regulation delivered value for customers and the economy? If not, what faith would the economy put on the economy to deliver value into the future?

Rod Sims, Chairman, ACCC
Paula Conboy, Chair, Australian Energy Regulator
John Pierce AO, Chairman, Australian Energy Market Commission
Moderator: Mark Ludlow, The Australian Financial Review



What will the energy transition look like for Australia?

Paul Italiano, CEO, TransGrid


Meeting the supply and demand energy challenge

Jon Stretch, CEO, ERM Power


The Australian energy trilemma

Jim McIlvenny, President, Dow Asia Pacific


Networking and refreshment break


Battery of the Nation

Steve Davy, Chief Executive Officer, Hydro Tasmania


PANEL DISCUSSION: Emerging technologies will be both a driver of transition and a tool of transition. Battery storage, Pump Hydro Energy Storage, solar, wind, virtual power plant

Roger Price, Executive Chairman and CEO, Windlab
Dr Phil Blythe, Founder and CEO, Greensync
James Harman, CEO, Energy Developments Limited
Christopher Flynn, Partner, Gilbert +Tobin
Emlyn Keane, CEO, Evergen
Moderator: Ben Potter, The Australian Financial Review



Views from major energy users
PANEL DISCUSSION: Customers are changing the energy landscape while connecting distributed generation and implementing energy efficiency

James Gerraty, Head of Telstra Energy, Telstra
Louis Vega, President and Managing Director, Dow Chemical Australia and New Zealand
Jeanne Johns, Managing Director and CEO, Incitec Pivot
Moderator: Angela Macdonald-Smith, The Australian Financial Review


Closing remarks

Michael Rath, National Leader, Energy & Resources, Deloitte


Networking drinks – Sponsored by Energy Developments


Morning Coffee & Registration


Opening remarks from the Chair

Mark Ludlow, Brisbane Bureau Chief, The Australian Financial Review



Michael Rath, National Leader, Energy & Resources, Deloitte


Ministerial Address

Senator the Hon Matthew Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia


The role of gas in partnering with renewables

Zoe Yujnovich, Executive Vice President, Australia & New Zealand and Country Chair in Australia, Shell Australia and Chair, APPEA


The Chinese State Grid

Dr. Ruan Qiantu, CEO, State Grid International Development Limited


Businesses taking on the power market

Matthew van der Linden, Managing Director, Flow Power


Greening Australia’s Grid – collaborating to solve Australia’s energy issues

Clean, reliable and affordable energy is fiendishly difficult to deliver without effectively ‘war gaming’ the Australian energy market in preparation for a low-carbon future. The Deloitte Energy Modelling Ecosystem maps potential scenarios and provides a view on investment needs, demand, generation mix and market resilience in an uncertain world.

Clear understanding of these possible futures is critical to enable co-ordinated long-term planning, an appropriate regulatory framework and robust investment signals of Australia’s energy market.

Kumar Padisetti, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics and Emma Fishburn, Associate Director, Deloitte



PANEL DISCUSSION: What’s the optimal fuel mix for Australia? Is coal part of the future energy market by extending the life of newer coal fired power plants? How do we expect Australia’s fuel mix to evolve? What’s the outlook for renewable energy in Australia and what does a renewable future mean for system reliability? An emerging challenge for Australia’s electricity system is how to maintain the reliability standard as the generation mix changes.

Greg Everett, Managing Director, Sunset Power International Pty Ltd t/as Delta Electricity
Alex Hewitt, CEO, CWP Renewables
Adam Bandt MP, Deputy Leader and Climate and Energy Spokesperson, Australian Greens
Erica Smyth AC, Non-Executive Director, NERA Growth Centre
John O’Brien, Partner Energy, Resources & Industrials, Deloitte Financial Advisory Pty Ltd
Moderator: Ben Potter, The Australian Financial Review


Making energy more affordable

Jeff Dimery, MD and CEO, Alinta Energy


Networking and refreshment break



Australian Industrial Energy LNG Import Terminal

James Baulderstone, CEO, Australian Industrial Energy


Santos Presentation

Phil Byrne, Executive Vice President Marketing, Trading and Commercial, Santos


PANEL DISCUSSION: How can Australia ensure there’s sufficient gas supply for the domestic market without causing market distortions? What’s the optimal infrastructure solution (gas pipelines, LNG import terminals, gas processing centres, gas storage hubs), how big is the investment requirement and what’s needed to incentivise supply development?

Warwick King, CEO, Australia Pacific LNG
Paul Adams, Managing Director, Jemena
Dr Alberto Calderon, CEO, Orica
Ian Davies, Managing Director and CEO, Senex Energy
Moderator: Matthew Stevens, The Australian Financial Review


Lunch and networking break



PANEL DISCUSSION: Re-thinking the network infrastructure. How to ensure the grid will deliver better outcomes for the consumers? How can the networks be prepared to operate efficiently in an uncertain future? What role does the grid play in the development of new generation resources – and how will it do this?

Gerard Reiter, Executive Manager – Network Planning and Operations, TransGrid
Rachel Watson, General Manager, Pacific Hydro
Ben White, Head of Stakeholder Relations, Community Engagement, Environment & Planning Approvals (Project Marinus), TasNetworks
Hannah McCaughey, Executive General Manager Transformation, Ausgrid
Geoff Petersen, Special Counsel, Gilbert +Tobin
Moderator: Mark Ludlow, The Australian Financial Review


Grand plans, chaos and green shoots: What a year of energy turmoil means for customers

Catherine Tanna, Managing Director, EnergyAustralia


Afternoon break



PANEL DISCUSSION: How do we fund the next generation of power stations and network investments given ongoing uncertainty in the market and competition for capital? What are the alternative funding models? What are the major concerns for investors looking to fund Australian generation assets? The need for policy clarity

Ian Learmonth, CEO, Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Emma Herd, CEO, Investor Group on Climate Change
Sarah McNamara, CEO, Australian Energy Council
Jeremy Hasnip, Deputy General Manager & Head of Power and Renewables, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Moderator: Tony Boyd, The Australian Financial Review



PANEL DISCUSSION: This session will review, comment and analyse the viewpoints, initiatives and solutions put forward by Governments, regulators and industry players to end the current energy uncertainty and build a reliable and affordable 21st century energy market in Australia

Mark Busuttil, Executive Director – Energy & Utilities Analyst, J.P. Morgan
Ben Wilson, Analyst Oil & Gas Research, RBC Capital Markets
Mark Samter, Senior Research Analyst, MST Marquee
Rob Koh, Utility & Infrastructure Analyst, Morgan Stanley
Moderator: Angela Macdonald-Smith, The Australian Financial Review


Conclusive remarks

Michael Stutchbury, Editor in Chief, The Australian Financial Review


Close of Summit

2019 Speakers

The Hon Angus Taylor MP
Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Federal Government

The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio MP
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Victoria Government

Dr Kerry Schott
Independent Chair, ESB

Spencer Dale
Group Chief Economist, BP

Catherina Tanna
Managing Director, Energy Australia

Frank Tudor
Managing Director, Jemena

Matthew van der Linden
CEO, FlowPower

Anne Pearson
Chief Executive, AEMC

Frank Calabria
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Origin Energy

Ian Learmonth

James Harman

Richard Gross
CEO, Ausgrid

Augustin Honorat
CEO, Engie Australia & New Zealand

Rod Sims
Chairman, ACCC

Fiona Simon
Chief Executive Officer, Hydrogen Mobility Australia

Amy Childs
Managing Director, Momentum Energy

Trevor St Baker
CEO, Sunset Power International

Steve Davy
CEO, Hydro Tasmania

Alex Wonhas
Chief System Design and Engineering Officer, Australian Energy Market Operator

Jeanne Johns
Managing Director & CEO, Incitec Pivot Limited

Rachel Watson
CEO, Pacific Hydro Australia

Lance Balcombe
CEO, TasNetworks

Emma Herd
CEO, Investor Group Climate Change

Alison Reeve
Taskforce Leader, National Hydrogen Strategy, Federal Australian Government

David Parker
Chair, Clean Energy Regulator

Gordon Wymer
Chief Commercial Officer, Snowy Hydro

Garbis Simonian
Managing Director, Weston Aluminium Pty

The Hon Bill Johnston MLA
Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Industrial Relations, Western Australian Government

Rosemary Sinclair AM
CEO, Energy Consumers Australia

Jim Cox
Board Member, Australian Energy Regulator

Ian Davies
Managing Director, Senex Energy

Kevin Kehl
Acting Chief Executive, Powerlink

Alistair Parker
EGM Regulated Energy Services, AusNet Services

Dr Daniel Roberts
Leader, Hydrogen Energy Systems Future Science Platform, CSIRO

Richard Wrightson
Executive General Manager Wholesale Markets, AGL

Michael Rath
National Leader, Power and Utilities, Deloitte

Christopher Flynn
Partner, Gilbert +Tobin

Geoff Petersen
Special Counsel, Gilbert + Tobin

Sandra James
Energy Partner, Deloitte

Shaun Gregory
EVP Exploration & CTO, Woodside

Stephen Bell
CEO, Qenos

Gerard Reiter
Executive Manager, Network Planning & Operations, TransGrid

Jim Galvin
Executive Director – Retail Markets, Alinta Energy

Darren Miller
CEO, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

Jane Norman
Head of Gas Commercialisation, Santos

Saul Kavonic
Head of Australian Energy Research, Credit-Suisse

Caroline Taylor
Head of Public Policy, TransGrid

Mark McCallum
Chief Executive Officer COAL21, General Manager – Climate & Energy, Minerals Council of Australia

Mark Samter
Senior Research Analyst, MST Marquee

Paul Orton
Head of Project & Sustainable Finance, ANZ

Sarah McNamara
Chief Executive, Australia Energy Council

Tony Wood
Energy Program Director, The Grattan Institute

Nicholas Browne
Director Gas & LNG Research Asia Pacific, Wood Mackenzie

When & Where

9-10 October 2019

Sofitel Wentworth Sydney
61-101 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000
02 9228 9188

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