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THE GREAT DEBATE – Energy Demand Management in Australia

24 May, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 9:15 pm


The Warren Center invites you to:


Energy Demand Management

Although Australia’s policy frameworks appear to be headed towards resolution in the COAG Energy Council meeting in August 2018, there are still many undetermined technology issues and business issues as well as a certain amount of ongoing policy debate regarding the nation’s energy future.

To promote greater understanding of the questions, The Warren Centre is hosting a series of three discussion panels exploring potential pathways that are opening. Each Forum is framed as a provocative idea intended to create discussion and possibly debate. A panel of experts will share their viewpoints supporting, discounting or qualifying the idea.

We are proud to present:
Forum 1 – “Demand management will eliminate the need for new power stations. Fake news?”

Will new technologies and business methods in demand managementdemand responsebattery storage technologies and sophisticated IT trading platforms, open radically transformative opportunities to use more renewable energy? And will they eliminate the need for new large scale fossil fuel fired traditional power stations? Come along to find out!

With Key Speakers

Mervyn Davies

Mr Davies has worked in all areas of electricity distribution and has extensive experience in managing both the financial and technical performance of the business. He has previously held senior management positions at Energy Australia (now Ausgrid). Mr Davies operates an engineering consultancy practice, specialising in the engineering and economics of the electricity distribution industry. He is currently a director of the Power Water Corporation (NT).

Brian Spak

Mr Spak leads CSIRO‘s work on integrating high amounts of renewable energy into the grid, including efforts focused on energy storage, demand response, and improved forecasting of solar energy and energy demand. He previously focused on new energy product development for Portland General Electric and earlier spent nearly a decade in Washington, DC’s energy and environmental policy arena.

Stephen Humphries

Mr Humphries has extensive experience in managing and operating the largest demand management portfolio in Australia within Energex. He also has been involved in developing new appliance standards AS/NZS 4755. Steven has recently been highlighted as one of Australia’s most innovating engineer for his management of these new smart appliance loads connected on a distribution network in Australia. Today, Steven works part-time for Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) as a Demand Response Specialist.

Dr Archie Chapman

Dr Chapman has investigated game-theoretic and reinforcement learning techniques for optimisation and control in large distributed systems during his PhD and subsequent post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Southampton. In mid-2012 he commenced working as Research Fellow in Smart Grids in the Centre for Future Energy Networks in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at theUniversity of Sydney.

Ground Floor Auditorium 123,
University of Sydney, School of IT
1 Cleveland St, Darlington, NSW 2008

Thu. 24 May 2018
7:30 am – 9:15 am

This event is sponsored by: Kemplant 


The Warren Centre
(02) 9351 3752


1 Cleveland Street
1 Cleveland St
Sydney, NSW 2006 Australia
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