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NSW Energy Symposium

Sydney, 8 November 2016

EPIA to partner with ATSE in a symposium "Beyond Coal - What Will Power NSW?"


The ATSE NSW Division will hold a one-day symposium in Sydney on the future of electricity generation and in particular, the transition away from coal in a carbon constrained environment and in a market subject to increasingly disruptive change.

It will address the key issues facing the industry, investors, policy makers and regulators.

  • What is the outlook for demand growth and what are the key influencing factors, including the rise of consumers who also produce energy?
  • How rapidly will low emission technologies displace coal and what are the technical challenges in integrating these low carbon sources into the power system?
  • What are the available options for the mix of generation technologies which will support the transition and ensure stability and reliability at least cost?
  • And given the investment challenge of up to $70B by 2030, on some estimates, who will be willing to invest?

These technical and economic developments also pose unprecedented challenges to policymakers and regulators because they represent a fundamental departure from the assumptions underpinning the initial development of our electricity market.

This ATSE Symposium will bring together a range of distinguished speakers with unmatched expertise who are well placed to provide fresh insights in an interactive format designed to facilitate discussion.

They include representatives from AEMO, the CSIRO, General Electric, AGL, the NSW Department of Industry, Transgrid, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and the Grattan Institute.

Speakers include:

  • Peter Littlewood, former Director of Operations, China Light and Power, Hong Kong
  • Paul Italiano, CEO Transgrid
  • Michael Thorpe, Managing Director, Global Head of Infrastructure and Utilities, Commonwealth Bank Australia
  • Adam Bacon, Director, General Electric Australia and New Zealand
  • Tony Wood, Director of Energy, Grattan Institute
  • Tim Nelson, Head of Economics and Sustainability, AGL

This Symposium provides an outstanding opportunity for those either involved with the electricity industry or with an interest in one of the most critical transitions in this sector to gain an appreciation of the breadth and scope of the ramifications involved as well as contributing to an important national debate.

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"Meet the author of Blackout - Matthew Warren"

We are excited to invite you to an event where you'll meet the author of 2019’s topical book “Blackout”. 

Author Mr Matthew Warren will provide an overview of his book, focusing on ‘unresolved issues and future ideas’ of the energy market and then take questions from the audience.

Location: Sydney

Date:  Monday 29 April

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Policy Papers

Policy Paper 3/19 "Finding the Right Balance: Power System Flexibility in an Era of Decarbonisation: An Annotated Bibliography"

Author: Robert Pritchard, Executive Director, EPIA

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Policy Paper 2/19 "One judgment brings upheaval for energy and climate policy in Australia"

Author: Robert Pritchard, Executive Director, EPIA

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Policy Paper 1/19 "Why no Energy Policy?"

Author: John McDonnell, Principal, McDonnell Policy Analysis

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Public Policy Papers: A compendium of Key Points (to April 2019) 

Since May 2013 the Institute has published 24 Public Policy Papers.

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Public Policy Papers : A Compendium of Key Points (Aug 2016)

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Since May 2013 the Institute has published twelve Public Policy Papers.

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What's New

The ESB’s Alarming Report on the ‘Health of the National Electricity Market"

Author: Robert Pritchard, Executive Director, EPIA

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Submission to the Department of the Environment and Energy on its Public Consultation Paper:

“Underwriting New Generation Investments.” (October 2018)

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Policy Research Note: "The Likely Viability of Nuclear Power in Australia"

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A Preliminary Commentary on the Collapse of the National Energy Guarantee

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The Institute’s submission to the COAG Energy Council, August 2016.

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