Beyond the RET and what we can expect

  • Session Topic
    Grid Integration
    Operating & Maintaining of Offshore Wind Farms
    Smart Grid
    Wind (Offshore)
    Wind (Onshore)

Beyond the RET and what we can expect

4 Oct 2018, 2:50 PM - 4:10 PM

Room 213
English (Australia)

Chair: Dr Mark Byrne, Energy Market Advocate, Total Environment Centre


Future grid regulatory policy

Anthony Seipolt, Advisor, Australian Energy Regulator

What will the grid look like in 10-20 years? This session explores the key drivers, identifies the hurdles to better consumer outcomes, and considers how regulatory policy can and must change. 

Pricing trends are not a given, but are likely to be conservative. The Gartner hype curve identifies a period of relative quiet between the initial enthusiasm for a concept and the realisation of the new norm. This period is when rational review and action is most effective-free of hype and political intervention. 

How can we use this period to post a course that best serves the consumer? What hurdles need to be most urgently addressed and how can we tackle them?


The Future Energy Supply Chain (Blockchain, Smart Energy & HEMS)

Lucas Sadler, Chief Strategy Officer, Powerark Solar

The Future Energy Supply Chain is rapidly changing. We have seen policy shifts that cause blockages in both an internal sense (at the point of manufacture) and external (at the end of markets). Renewable Energy has experienced and continues to experience this ongoing change, but now is faced with a new pivot, towards decentralised energy such as Blockchain, Smart Energy & HEMS.

What will be the impact on Supply chain & How Customers Buy?

Powerark, as a critical vendor to the APAC Renewable energy marketplace, we are privately owned and supported with an office in Shanghai, and as such we have been tracking, modelling and preparing for a new economy. This where the consumer mega digital trend (online shopping etc.) will meet energy distribution (distributed).

In our presentation, we will present the current issues facing distribution (internal & external policy impacts), the brand incumbents and new market entrants, and discuss, present the problems facing our industry - the impending transition from FMCG - to New Energy of global enablers such as Google, etc. to the new HEMS and retail energy markets. 

We will also present insights into the role of Blockchain in the supplier landscape and the pathways, future roadmaps for Vendors and Installers to participate.

We will share early models and possible scenarios of the future New Energy Space, the heightened levels of mutual relationships, vendor, distributor, technology, networks and consumer. We will also seek to discuss the risk of the New Energy Environment - the likelihood of multiple platforms and consumers confusion to access, use and dollar performance of the distributed environment.

Finally, we will share some resources and be available on our stand to discuss in detail the role we play in the new Smart Energy Economy.


Economic performance of large scale solar and wind in the NEM

Marija Petkovic, Managing Director, Energy Synapse

Marija will be presenting the latest research (yet to be released) from Energy Synapse, which will quantify the economic performance of wind and large scale solar in the wholesale electricity market. The talk will be based on a comprehensive analysis of every variable renewable energy generator in the NEM. In particular, we will be examining the impact of resource availability and position within the electricity network on the overall profitability of a project. The results of this study will provide a valuable benchmark for current market participants as well as insight for future renewable energy projects.


Tasmania’s role in the NEM transformation

Chris Gwynne, Program Director, Hydro Tasmania

As the national energy debate heats up and the energy market mix starts to dramatically change, Tasmania is rapidly emerging as a competitive, cost effective solution to Australia’s future energy needs. The combination of substantial existing assets and significant renewable energy potential means that Tasmania can offer a future energy solution to the NEM that is clean, reliable and affordable.

The Battery of the Nation opportunity offers economies of scale, diversity and high quality renewable energy resources combined with large-scale storage, a much needed future requirement. These development options offer economic and timing optionality, and can be adapted to align to nationally coordinated market planning.

A detailed analysis of the opportunity demonstrates that Tasmania’s integrated option could address around 20% of the future market energy needs.  And it is highly cost competitive when compared with other current realistic future energy options. 

Some of the key findings to be explored and explained include:

  • Tasmania’s enormous hydropower potential is waiting to be developed, both through pumped hydro and repurposing assets to suit future energy market needs.
  • The state’s untapped wind resource is world class and can bring valuable and substantial diversity to the NEM because of its different profile to other states.
  • National reliance on open cycle gas can be substantially reduced with the Tasmanian option, which has significant impacts on energy resource costs and emissions.
  • These development options can bring new firming and system support services that will be badly needed in a future NEM.

With the formal assessment started on the case for a second interconnector, Tasmania is well placed to be at the forefront of the energy revolution.


  • Dr Mark Byrne


    Energy Market Advocate

    Total Environment Centre

    Mark Byrne has worked on regulatory reform of the energy sector to improve environmental outcomes since 2007, and has been at TEC since 2012. He is...

  • Anthony Seipolt



    Australian Energy Regulator

    Anthony is an expert energy consultant and strategic thinker with a passion for improving outcomes at the interface between the technical, commercial...

  • Marija Petkovic


    Managing Director

    Energy Synapse

    Marija Petkovic is the Founder and Managing Director of Energy Synapse. She is a leading expert in energy markets and has worked internationally...

  • Chris Gwynne


    Program Director

    Hydro Tasmania

    An electrical engineer by trade, Chris has spent the last 15 years working across the full spectrum of Hydro Tasmania’s activities, from consulting...

  • Lucas Sadler


    Chief Strategy Officer

    Powerark Solar

    Lucas Sadler - experienced Senior Energy Executive having held roles with Energy Australia as head of C&I Sales, founding Country Manager of Yingli...

Opening Times
Wed 3 Oct Exhibition 9.00am – 5.00pm
Wed 3 Oct Networking Event 5.00pm - 6.30pm
Thur 4 Oct Exhibition 9.00am – 5.00pm

Registration opens 8.00am

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