Smart Utilities Australia & New Zealand gathers international utilities, retailers and distributors in Melbourne

Meet with decision makers from SP AusNet, Jemena, AGL Energy, Origin Energy, Ergon Energy, and many more

More than 700 high-level professionals from international utilities, retailers and distributors are gathering for the 10th Annual Smart Utilities Australia & New Zealand, the region’s largest industry conference and exhibition, to be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 20-22 November.

“We have a huge line-up of 77 industry experts this year,” says Daria La Valle, Programme Manager for Smart Utilities Australia & New Zealand, “We are very proud to have case studies and insightful presentations from Alliander, Osaka Gas, Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Zigbee Alliance, as well as an extensive representation of their Australian and New Zealand counterparts.”

“Our programme is developed for and by the industry,” La Valle continues, “new this year is the Smart Utilities Australia & New Zealand Advisory Committee, consisting of 41 key utility industry professionals, offering their elaborate expertise and fresh industry insights to ensure the programme covers those topics that are of real interest to utilities in the region.”

Topics / Challenges
to be discussed at Smart Utilities Australia & New Zealand include:

  • How can we make sure that smart technologies deliver benefits for both the utility and the customer?
  • How can we engage and educate consumers to take an active role and be more energy efficient?
  • What lessons can be learnt from regional and international utilities’ smart grid trials and initiatives?
  • How can we ensure that new technologies like renewables, electric vehicles and smart homes are an opportunity instead of a threat for utilities?
  • To what extent can water utilities learn from their electricity counterparts by looking at new ways to improve efficiency and sustainability?

Speaker highlights include:

  • Charles Popple, Group General Manager – Networks Strategy and Development, SP AusNet, Australia
  • Ken Grant, General Manager of Marketing, Oklahoma Gas & Electric, USA
  • Richard Twisk, General Manager,  Electricity Networks, Jemena, Australia
  • Tim Nelson, Head of Economic Policy and Sustainability, AGL Energy Ltd, Australia
  • Felicia Brady, General Manager Program Delivery (Acting), Origin Energy, Australia
  • Ron Beatty, Manager Market Operations, Electricity Authority, New Zealand
  • Peter Casey, Energy Conservation & Demand Management, Energex, Australia
  • Gareth Williams, Manager Strategic Solutions, Vector Limited, New Zealand
  • Peter Bryant, General Manager, AMI Services, CitiPower Pty & Powercor Australia Ltd
  • Kristian Handberg, Project Manager - Low Emission Vehicles, Department of Transport, Victoria, Australia
  • Prof. George K. Beard,  Alliance Manager, Office of Research & Strategic Partnerships, Portland State University, USA
  • Alida Jansen van Vuuren, Smart Grid Strategy Manager, SA Power Networks, Australia
  • Robert Simpson, Consultant, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Generation, Demand Management and Sustainability, Ausgrid, Australia
  • Glenn Walden, Group Manager, Emerging Opportunities & Technology Development, Ergon Energy Corp Ltd, Australia
  • Ken Thompson, Manager, Water Quality and Non-Revenue Water, Yarra Valley Water, Australia
  • Andrew Chapman, Water System Manager, South East Water Limited, Australia
  • Garry Peach, Customer Relationship Manager, Water Corporation, Australia

The 10th Smart Utilities Australia & New Zealand
is the region’s largest conference and exhibition for electricity retailers, distributors and water utilities focusing on new ways to improve reliability, quality and security of supply in a cost-efficient,  environmentally and customer friendly way.

At the multi-track conference, carefully selected utility professionals will present updates on their latest project experiences, results and steps forward. International case studies from the USA, Europe and Asia will encourage participants to stay tuned with the latest innovations and successes. Forward-thinking technology providers and think tanks will explain how the evolution of smart technologies and smart appliances will have an impact on utilities’ current business processes and investment strategies.

The targeted, large scale exhibition will provide an excellent opportunity for visitors to get informed about the latest technologies and solutions to make their next steps more successful and to better prepare themselves for the ultimate Smart Grid.

Event dates and location -
Conference:                       20-22 November 2012
Location:                              Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia

Event website:

For more information, interviews and media accreditation -
Marketing Communications: Marj Cuijpers, Clarion Events Pte Ltd
Tel:         +65 6590 3970
Fax:        +65 6223 9196

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