However, the sector is facing key challenges and the rapid transformation in the gas market makes it essential that Australia’s domestic gas customers are protected by good energy and carbon policy. While Australia will be the world’s largest LNG exporter by 2020, Australia’s domestic gas use could fall by 23 per cent by 2024 due to increasing wholesale prices, a declining manufacturing sector and government policy settings which undermine the competitiveness of gas.
With these pressures in mind, the Energy Networks Association (ENA) encourages you to register today for Energy Networks 2016 – Energy in Transition, which will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 18 to 20 May 2016.
The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia, will be opening Energy Networks 2016. With an election due to be held this year, the new Minister’s address will be an important contribution to the national conversation on the future of the gas sector, as well as priorities in energy and carbon policy.
In addition to Minister Frydenberg, the ENA also welcomes Mr Basil Scarsella AM, Chief Executive Officer, UK Power Networks, who will deliver the International Utility – Keynote Address, and Dr Lawrence Jones, Vice President, International Programs, Edison Electric Institute who will provide the Energy in Transition – Keynote Address.
The conference program includes four plenary sessions, all featuring leaders and experts from across the gas supply chain, including Ben Wilson (CEO, Australian Gas Networks), Paul Adams, (Managing Director, Jemena) and Andrew Vesey (CEO, AGL Energy).
Packed concurrent program featuring dedicated gas session
The Energy Networks 2016 concurrent program will feature over 60 national and international experts discussing key issues for the future of the energy system including dedicated gas streams, as well as sessions on regulation, consumer engagement and innovation.
The sessions specifically geared towards the gas industry, including “˜Gas and the Grid – A Competitive Fuel of Choice’ and “˜Gas Standards and Technical Excellence’ will feature gas industry leaders and experts to critically examine how the sector is responding to technological changes and market trends and the implications for gas network managers, pipeline and asset management service providers.
With an important line-up of speakers across the conference’s plenary sessions and a packed concurrent program, Energy Networks 2016 will deliver access to leading international and domestic industry executives and practitioners.
Confirmed speakers are from energy network businesses across Australia as well as from leading service and technology providers and researchers across the sector including Atco Gas Australia, Jemena, Envirotrans and Zinfra.
Delegates will find that there is something in the program for all of those interested in the future of the gas sector.
Sponsorship and exhibition places available
Energy Networks 2016 is offering extensive opportunities for businesses that supply the industry to meet key decision makers in the energy networks sector through sponsorship or exhibiting in the Exhibition Hall. With increased attendance in 2014, Energy Networks 2016 is an important opportunity for all businesses across the energy supply sector to make direct contact with relevant industry people. Exhibitors are also welcome to participate in the conference sessions.
A number of exciting sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are still available, so visit the Energy Networks 2016 website today to download the Sponsorship and Exhibition Prospectus. Take action today to ensure your preferred level of engagement is secured.
Interest in the event grows stronger every year and conference registrations have exceeded expectations to date. Registrations from gas and electricity network businesses have surpassed those received in 2014, in addition to strong registrations from across the supply chain, government, research organisations and industry suppliers. Book your place today to meet key decision makers from across the industry.