Energy Networks 2012

Industry leaders to bring energy insight

Industry practitioners will play a key role presenting at the Energy Networks Association’s major industry event, Energy Networks 2012, to be held April 30 – May 2 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

The major industry event for the electricity and gas networks will see utility executives joined by energy consultants, academics, association leaders and technologists to deal with important industry issues.

Energy Networks 2012 director Helen Roben said the event is shaping up “very well” and the newly modeled event is proving popular across all business units within the sector.

The Energy Networks 2012 organising committee has sourced well-known industry leaders for each of their four major streams: people, communications, environment and infrastructure.

Infrastructure NSW chairman The Hon. Nick Greiner AC will open the conference with a keynote address. ABC News presenter Peter Thompson will facilitate plenary sessions, examining the issues of ‘building the hypothetical future’ and ‘future challenges’. Each plenary session will include a panel of industry experts, such as University of Adelaide Environment Institute director of climate science Professor Barry Brook, a leading environmental scientist and modeller. Seminar and masterclass programs will look at health and safety, regulation, fire risk and land management, smart homes, environmental management and asset management.

Reveur partner and former HR professional at Ergon, Amanda Fajak, will take the lead in the people stream, while well-known communications expert Lisa Drought from United Energy and Multinet Gas will share her customer and stakeholder engagement expertise as head of the communications stream.

Manidis Roberts senior executive Stella Whittaker will bring her wealth of sustainability and climate change knowledge to lead the environment stream, while PwC director Greg Williams will take charge of the more traditional technical content via the infrastructure stream.

At the time of going to print, 90 per cent of the exhibition hall had been sold and will feature several product releases as well as the launch of an entirely new Australian energy brand. Traditional poster sessions have been replaced with e-Presenter electronic presentations. A comprehensive assessment process has identified the best presentations and these presenters will give 10-minute mini presentations at e-Presenter booths throughout the exhibition hall. Delegates will have the opportunity of selecting and viewing presentations at e-Presenter stations throughout the two-day event.

Sponsorship support has been strong, and Ms Roben said she was “delighted” to have ABB, Adapt Australia and United Energy and Multinet Gas as major sponsors.

ABB is supporting the Energy Networks 2012 social program, including the welcome reception and the conference gala dinner. Platinum sponsor Adapt Australia will have a major presence in the exhibition hall with six custom-designed booths. United Energy and Multinet Gas CEO Hugh Gleeson will share his insights in the masterclass for regulatory affairs professionals.

“Energy Networks 2012 has tremendous appeal for all our industry and we look forward to seeing you in Brisbane,” Ms Roben said.