Wind Energy Conference 2018

2 May 2018
Rydges Hotel, Wellington

Optimising Wind Energy for a Low Carbon Economy

How to achieve a low-emissions future is a hot topic. At this year's Wind Energy Conference on Wednesday 2 May we focus on the strategic options to transition to a low carbon economy, the opportunity the transition provides to increase renewables and what we should be doing to ensure wind energy plays a key role in enabling the transition.

The Conference has been structured in four sessions to progressively explore the opportunity and the role of wind energy:

Session 1 - A Low carbon future
Catherine Leining of Motu will facilitate the exploration of a low carbon future with key-note speakers Murray Sherwin (Productivity Commission) and Adrian Macey (Victoria University) and panelists.

Session 2 - Innovation and transformation
Grant Smith (Mitchell Smith Partnership), Simon Coates (Concept Consulting), Elizabeth Yeaman (EECA) and Andrew Renton (Transpower) examine the key technologies that will shape the future of the energy sector.

Session 3 - Wind energy technical and operational update
In session 3 we’ll dive into updates on health and safety, developments in Australia and wind turbine platforms and technology.

Session 4 - Optimising wind energy’s contribution to a low carbon economy
The final session of the day, prior to dinner and drinks, brings it all together by providing an update on the NZ market, thoughts on how to position renewables and what a future of increased renewable generation looks like. John Hancock (Signature Consulting), Grant Telfar (Meridian) Julia Jack (Mercury), Toby Stevenson (Sapere Research Group) and Allan Miller (Allan Miller Consulting) will provide a view of the future and answer the question – what the wind industry needs to do more of to contribute to NZ’s low carbon future.

Clearly, a day not to be missed to explore our low carbon future pathway and the exciting opportuniy the transition provides wind energy. We hope you think so too!.

A half day Industry Think Tank is also planned for the 3 May.  Bill Heaps (Strata Energy Consulting) will lead a discussion on Interconnected Electricity Systems and Networks – What does the future look like?. Again another hot topic.

The rapid change in technology and the increasing engagement of consumers in investing in electricity generation is something we’re all thinking about.  This and other developments will result in changes to the current distribution model which is largely centralised through existing transmission and distribution networks. The growth in behind the meter generation also has major potential implications for the future growth of new distributed and grid connected generation assets.

Along with a panel of speakers Bill will address one of the key transformations facing the electricity sector.

Registration for the Conference and Think Tank are open and below is a link to more information and the registration page: