“Without doubt, the conference will provide compelling insights into future energy networks and the way that the electricity and gas sectors engage with their customers,”? Energy 21C Program Chairman Mike Griffin said.
It is expected that smart network systems and demand management strategies will be the predominate issues at the conference.
Australian Industry Group (Ai Group), who co-owns the conference with Energy Networks Association (ENA), has called for major investment in energy transmission and distribution to replace ageing infrastructure with new systems and technologies.
Ai Group Chief Executive Heather Ridout said “The Garnaut climate change review recommended medium to long term policies to improve the prospects for sustainable prosperity. This included the important area of transmission infrastructure.”?
ENA Chief Executive Officer Andrew Blyth has welcomed the National Energy Efficiency Initiative recently announced by the Australian Government in which $100 million will be invested by government and industry to help deliver a smarter, more efficient energy network.
“The conference will have a dedicated gas stream with a focus on regulation, asset management, climate change solutions and customers,” ENA National Director of Energy Infrastructure Policy and Government Michael Kilgariff said.
Energy 21C will also embrace new social media capabilities to enable conference delegates and industry observers a new level of interaction though the Energy 21C Online Ideas Exchange.
Conference participants will be able to use mobile phones, hand-held devices and laptops to access the conference’s social networking platform.
Mr Griffin has said industry experts will moderate the Online Ideas Exchange, interact with online users and select comments to present to the mainstream conference. Approximately 2, 000 delegates are expected to attend the conference to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 6 to 9 September 2009.