Conference Day One - Wednesday, 11 September

08:30
Registration and welcome coffee
08:50
Opening remarks from the chair

Jill Cainey
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Erne Energy

THE FUTURE OF WOMEN IN ENERGY & RENEWABLES
09:00
Strengthening Australia’s energy & renewables workforce: challenges, opportunities & changing the status quo
  • Recognising that the transition to net zero will remain elusive if half the population is relegated to the sidelines
  • Increasing women’s participation at all levels now and laying the foundation for the workforce of the future
  • Solving one of the world’s most complex problems through inclusive practices to harness the value of our collective perspectives

Anna Collyer
Chair
Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC)

09:30
PANEL DISCUSSION: How do we create the energy workplace of the future and what part will you play as a driver of change?
  • What are the biggest challenges and opportunities in shaping the workplace of the future?
  • How can organisations foster a culture of accountability and transparency to address gender biases and discrimination?
  • How can we combat the flawed career pathways and limited chances for women to progress that creates a bottleneck problem for advancement?
  • What succession and progression plans must exist within organisations to leverage female representation in decision making positions?

Moderator:

Emily Marschke
Professional Programs & Operations Manager
The Australian Power Institute

Panellists:

Anthea Harris
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Energy Regulator

Caroline Beattie
General Manager - Future Energy
Future Energy, APA Group

Lucy Burke
Project Engineering Manager – SA Hydrogen Jobs Plan Project
ATCO Australia

Bronwyn See
Director
Australian Gas Industry Trust

THE BIG PICTURE
10:10
The latest policy & regulatory trends & their impact on the sector
  • Exploring emerging regulatory and government policies shaping market dynamics and investment opportunities
  • Navigating complex policy landscapes and the collaborative opportunities for consumers, businesses, stakeholders and communities

Violette Mouchaileh
Executive General Manager Reform Delivery
Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)

10:40
Morning tea and networking
EMPOWERING CONSUMERS IN THE RENEWABLE ENERGY TRANSITION
11:10
Keeping consumers at the centre of the energy transition
  • Exploring the fragmented customer journey today and the promise of tomorrow
  • Unlocking consumer energy on the pathway to Net Zero
  • The role of technology and innovation in enhancing consumer participation

Renae Gasmier
Head of Customer Assets, Customer Assets, Strategy & PMO
EnergyAustralia

11:40
Reimagining energy engagement: consumer trends and future marketing strategies
  • Exploring shifts in how consumers interact with energy resources
  • Understanding the evolving energy consumer ecosystem
  • Discussing innovative approaches to engage consumers effectively in the changing energy landscape
  • How do we market for the future?

Renate Vogt
Executive General Manager Regulation
CitiPower and Powercor

12:10
PANEL DISCUSSION: How can we build support and secure social license for the clean energy transition?
  • How do community acceptance, regulatory compliance, and project sustainability interact within social license?
  • How can we foster trust and consensus among stakeholders?
  • What are best practices for engaging and empowering local communities in the decision-making process?
  • How can we overcome challenges faced by regions hosting renewable energy infrastructure?
  • How can developers leave positive lasting legacies to their host communities?

Moderator:

Shahana McKenzie
Chief Executive Officer
Bioenergy Australia

Panellists:

Suzanne Westgate
General Manager of Land Property and Approvals
Transgrid

Margot Hammond
Transmission Social Performance Manager
Western Power

Sabiene Heindl
Chief Executive Officer
The Energy Charter

Jessica Kite
Development Director NSW
Star of the South

12:50
Networking Lunch
NAVIGATING THE SHIFTING LANDSCAPE OF THE ENERGY MIX
13:50
Power to the people: the potential of distributed energy resources & household electrification
  • Managing the transition through electrification and seamless integration
  • Maximising the economic potential and the adoption of DERs
  • Implementing policies, programs, and regulations for integration and uptake of DERs

Johanna Bowyer
Lead Analyst - Australian Electricity
IEEFA Asia Pacific

14:20
Partner presentation
14:40
Destigmatising renewable energy & driving progress & career growth in renewables
  • Harnessing existing skills and capabilities within the energy industry
  • Reducing stigma of non-renewable energy experience, and transferring skills towards renewables
  • Channeling focus on industry experience, not type of generation/fuel

Sarah Thurstans
GM Retail
Solstice Energy

15:10
Afternoon tea & networking
15:40
INTERACTIVE CHAMPAGNE ROUNDTABLES

Discuss ideas, gain practical tips, and work through challenges faced by women across the energy landscape. This is a unique opportunity to have all your questions answered while you network and build relationships with people you otherwise may not have access to. You will be able to choose three of the below to attend with each roundtable running concurrently over three time slots:

  • Round 1: 15:40-16:10
  • Round 2: 16:10-16:40
  • Round 3: 16:40-17:10

Roundtable 1: Putting consumers first - the consumer as the hero for the future of net zero
Facilitator: 

Renate Vogt
Executive General Manager Regulation
CitiPower and Powercor

Roundtable 2: Establishing a professional network that works for you
Facilitator: 

Joanne Bergamin
Founder & Chair
WISER (Women in Sustainable Energy & Resources)

Roundtable 3: Re-engineering the grid
Facilitator:

Janine Rayner
Program Director
Centre for New Energy Technologies (C4NET)

Roundtable 4: Future-proofing power supply with batteries
Facilitator:

Jill Cainey
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Erne Energy

Roundtable 5: Future retail: Energy-as-a-Service and beyond
Facilitator:

Jo De Silva
General Manager Retail Policy
Australian Energy Council

17:10
Closing remarks from the Chair
17:15
End of Day 1 and networking drinks
18:35
Official Event Dinner