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New Zealand’s energy system transformation continues. SEANZ 2021 | Tomorrow's Energy Today is New Zealand's leading Sustainable Energy Conference, focussing on distributed generation and bringing together industry participants from across the country. The focus of SEANZ 2021 is “Building Capability” as solar PV and storage uptake continues in the drive towards 100% renewable energy for New Zealand.

The event features a 2-day program encompassing…how to technical sessions, grid connect and off-grid best practice, new technology and products showcase, networking events on the first day, while the second day features innovative case studies, open technical sessions, unique implementations, as well as the industry update and a session with the Minister of Energy and Resources, Hon Dr Megan Woods. This is followed by the SEANZ Sonnen Industry Gala Dinner and the SEANZ Fronius Industry Awards for 2021.

This year's event will be held at SkyCity Event Centre on the banks of the Waikato River in Hamilton

DATES: 1st and 2nd July, 2021





In association with Taspac Energy



Join us as we take a deep dive into real-world solutions which answer the opportunities presented by the rapid movement to decentralisation in our energy system, decarbonisation and digitalisation to manage the processes.

The Sustainable Energy Association of New Zealand (SEANZ) hosts this leading event for technologists, innovators, system integrators, network operators, regulators, decision-makers, manufacturers, supply chain and all electricity system stakeholders who are committed to driving our renewable energy future.

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Thursday 1st July: Professional Development and Technical Training

Technical sessions, grid connect and off-grid best practice, new technology and products showcase, Standards, networking events -

For all of the industry, SEANZ members and non-members alike.



Friday 2nd July: SEANZ 2021 | Tomorrow's Energy Today

Main plenary day with everything from high-level international and national keynote speakers to local and international case studies from leading projects and technologies in the sustainable energy space.





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2021 Speakers

Hon. Dr Megan Woods - Minister of Energy and Resources,

Hon Megan Woods has been an MP since 2011. Following the 2020 election, Megan was appointed as Minister of Housing, Energy and Resources, and Research, Science and Innovation.

Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Megan worked as a Business Manager at Plant & Food Research. She holds a PhD in New Zealand History from the University of Canterbury.

With many irons in the fire that impact our industry, we are excited to have the Minister present. 

Mark Paterson - Chief Strategy Officer & Managing Director - Australia Pacific, Strategen

Mark Paterson leads Strategen’s global strategy and Australian practice.  He is a recognised leader of energy system transformation with over 25-years of experience in power systems, thermal and fluid systems and applied science.  Previously at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, Mark led the Renewables Integration research team, chaired the Future Grid Forum and was Program Director of the influential Electricity Network Transformation Roadmap.  At Horizon Power and Energex he led technology innovations for orchestrating deep penetrations of DER and flexible load in key population centres and improving service quality to remote customers while reducing infrastructure costs and bushfire risks.  

Within the wider context of energy system complexity, Mark has developed co-design methodologies that engage hundreds of often conflicted stakeholders to navigate wicked problems and develop shared transformation pathways. With undergrad qualifications in Engineering and Business and Master of Enterprise from the University of Melbourne, Mark is currently Co-Chair of the CEC Distributed Energy Leadership Forum, Fellow of the Pacific Energy Institute and Associate of the GridWise Architecture Council.

Daniel Brown - Principal Analyst - Energy Projects and Programmes Team, MBIE

Daniel is a Principal Analyst in the Energy Projects and Programmes Team at MBIE. He has a background in environmental law and resource management planning, and has worked in a range of different government agencies in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Daniel is currently working on implementation of MBIE’s Public and Maori Housing renewable energy fund, and coordinating MBIE’s involvement in resource management law reforms. Daniel has degrees in Law and Geography and a Masters in Regional and Resource Planning from the University of Otago.

Brendan Winitana - Chairman, SEANZ

Brendan is an independent director and chair of SEANZ. With a background in governance, senior management and strategic planning, Brendan has held CEO and director roles in imaging solutions, IT and content management businesses as well as his own consulting practice specialising in industry and sector transformation and change and resulting new business models.

As an independent director, he serves on other boards. His passion lies with SEANZ and the outcomes it seeks based on the expected exponential industry development to help drive the low carbon economy.  

Brendan presents the new SEANZ view on stuff in the industry - its non-linear, wide-ranging and needs explanation.

John Campbell - Founder/CEO, Our Energy

John Campbell is the Founder and CEO of Our Energy, an energy technology business that is the designer and developer of an online platform for people and communities producing their own electricity. Their software and service matches small-scale generators of clean energy with customers in their local communities in real time, providing an easy way to buy, sell and gift clean, local energy, as well as enabling local flexibility offerings for their network company partners. Our Energy stands for a better, fairer, cleaner and more local energy future and his team are passionate about creating a world where community-driven energy is affordable, reliable and sustainable for all.

Guy Olian - CEO, Energy Ease

Over a decade at the intersection of financial and environmental markets. CEO of Energy Ease one of the leading financiers of solar and energy efficient equipment in Australia and NZ. Guy previously co-founded several successful entities in the environmental markets and credit sectors including MyRate.com.au, one of Australia’s largest online mortgage lenders with over $1bn in loans. Guy is also a Director of Cool.org – one of the world’s leading platforms for free curriculum on social and environmental issues.

Jenny van der Merwe - Kāinga Ora, Decentralised Energy Lead

Jenny is a public housing professional with extensive experience supporting change and innovation initiatives within Housing New Zealand and Kāinga Ora. A background in Industrial Engineering, Public Management and a passion for the environment have shaped Jenny’s approach to the application of the renewable energy projects at Kāinga Ora.

Terry Paddy - Managing Director, Cortexo, Cortexo

Terry is the Managing Director of Cortexo, a Christchurch based software company that provides a cloud-based platform for the remote control and monitoring of Distributed Energy Resources using open standards such as openADR. The Cortexo Energy platform allows for the integration of DER with Utilities to provide flexibility services between the parties for a variety of uses. The DER owner or flexibility seller can offer access to their DER to provide an increased return on their
investment and the Utility (flexibility buyer) can buy services from willing flexibility sellers for an agreed fee.

Greg Hoskins - Standards and Technical Development, SEANZ

Principal and director of Hoskins Energy Systems, Greg is a practitioner of designing and installing solar PV and storage systems - grid connected and off-grid. With 35 years in the field, Greg is the industry’s technical go-to man. A master electrician, he has extensive history in electrical work and renewable energy system implementations in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. As a systems integrator, Greg is pragmatic with a heap of real-world expertise that is vital to define and maintain the right standards for the technologies and their implementation in New Zealand. Greg serves on other industry boards and is a SEANZ representative of the AUS NZ EL-042 Standards Committee - Renewable Energy Systems of Standards.

Simon Wilson - Director, RDT Pacific

Director Simon Wilson has been successfully delivering construction projects for more than two decades. Sustainable construction has played a significant role in Simon’s professional life and he is the Chair of the New Zealand Green Building Council Advisory Group. He is committed to providing outstanding professional service and promotion of sustainable development in accordance with UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Graeme Peters - Chief Executive, Electricity Networks Association

Chief executive Graeme Peters trained as an electrical engineer and has worked in senior advocacy roles for nearly two decades. He has represented farmers, manufacturers, and retailers and was appointed chief executive of the Electricity Networks Association in 2015.

He is an experienced communications professional with a background in financial and political journalism. Graeme represents the electricity supply industry’s issues to government and regulators so that consumers continue to have access to a safe, reliable and sustainable electricity network.

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