Explore the position of network businesses

Advances in technology and the debate about the contribution network charges make to final electricity prices have brought electricity networks into sharp focus in the last 12 months. This has enabled a candid discussion about the central role networks play in the Australian economy and the contribution they have to make in transforming energy use in this country.

To explore the position of network businesses as a national reform agenda rolls out, Energy Networks Association (ENA) is hosting Smart Reform: People, Power, Price. This event will provide the opportunity to hear the views of leading industry participants on the changes they envisage, what is already underway and how they are managing the transition process.

ENA has developed a program that tackles the key reform questions for network businesses and policy makers – the future of network businesses, the importance of consumer choice and knowledge in the system, greater opportunities for the deployment of smart technology and the role of price in supporting consumers and energy networks.

New South Wales Minister for Resources and Energy Chris Hartcher MP will provide a critical view on the future of energy network businesses to the program. As the minister responsible for the restructure of the NSW energy network businesses and who has been mandated to deliver the NSW Government’s agenda on electricity prices, Mr Hartcher has a unique perspective to bring to any conversation about energy market reform.

The focus of the debate on consumer engagement, the changing nature of energy demand and the potential for more widespread use of flexible pricing has implications for all market participants. The move to a smarter network promises to change the industry’s business model and its relationship with all stakeholders, involving and affecting network businesses, regulators, energy service providers, technology and automation vendors and all consumers of electric power.

This is an important event for industry participants, policy makers and those interested in the future of the energy market. The delivery of safe, reliable and affordable energy is of interest to the entire community and the design of the future network is now open to a national conversation. ENA believes network businesses have a vital role in this conversation.

ENA is pleased to announce Landis + Gyr as a key sponsor for this event. Steve Jeston, Landis + Gyr chief executive officer, Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia will share his insights and contribute to the conversation in the Smart Price session – ‘Can energy prices be made clearer and fairer’.

Smart Reform: People, Power, Price will be held in the Sydney on June 13, at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Register today as limited places are available – www.ena.asn.au. For more information, email events@ena.asn.au.