Wind Energy Conference 2018

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Rydges Hotel, Wellington

How to achieve a low-emissions future is a hot topic. This year's Wind Energy Conference on Wednesday 2 May will focus on the strategic options to transition to a low carbon economy, the opportunity the transition provides to increase renewables and what should be done to ensure wind energy plays a key role in enabling the transition.

Murray Sherwin, Chair of the NZ Productivity Commission will be presenting in Session 1 on the Commission's inquiry into transitioning to a low emissions economy, following the publication of our draft report at the end of April. Find out about our low emissions inquiry here.

The Conference has been structured in four sessions to progressively explore the opportunity and the role of wind energy:

Session 1 - A Low carbon future

Catherine Leining of Motu will facilitate the exploration of a low carbon future with key-note speakers Murray Sherwin (Productivity Commission) and Adrian Macey (Victoria University) and panelists.

Session 2 - Innovation and transformation

Grant Smith (Mitchell Smith Partnership), Simon Coates (Concept Consulting), Elizabeth Yeaman (EECA) and Andrew Renton (Transpower) examine the key technologies that will shape the future of the energy sector.

Session 3 - Wind energy technical and operational update

In session 3 we’ll dive into updates on health and safety, developments in Australia and wind turbine platforms and technology.

Session 4 - Optimising wind energy’s contribution to a low carbon economy

The final session of the day, prior to dinner and drinks, brings it all together by providing an update on the NZ market, thoughts on how to position renewables and what a future of increased renewable generation looks like. John Hancock (Signature Consulting), Grant Telfar (Meridian) Julia Jack (Mercury), Toby Stevenson (Sapere Research Group) and Allan Miller (Allan Miller Consulting) will provide a view of the future and answer the question – what the wind industry needs to do more of to contribute to NZ’s low carbon future.

Date: Wednesday 2 May 2018

Location:  Rydges Hotel, Wellington

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