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New Zealand’s energy system transformation is underway! SEANZ 2019 | Tomorrow's Energy Today is New Zealand's leading Sustainable Energy Conference, bringing together key players from across sectors and across Australasia who can lead the drive toward a resilient and 100% renewable energy system for New Zealand. 

The event will feature a comprehensive program of expert speakers including Minister of Energy and Resources, Hon Dr Megan Woods.

This year's event will be held at the James Cook Grand Chancellor Wellington

Thursday 7th and Friday 8th of November

 

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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.

With multiple focus points set over two days, SEANZ 2019 | Tomorrow's Energy Today offers something for everyone with presentations from industry heads, thought-leaders and key decision-makers, innovation case-studies, a technology showcase, and multiple networking events including the annual SEANZ Gala Dinner and Awards.

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Thursday 7th November: Professional Development and Technical Training-

Workshops on the latest in solar, battery storage, energy management technologies from the suppliers and manufacturers -

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

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Friday 8th: SEANZ 2019 | 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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Speakers

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

Hon Megan Woods has been an MP since 2011. Following the 2017 election, Megan was appointed as a Minister of the Crown and currently has portfolio responsibilities including the Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Energy and Resources, Research, Science and Innovation, and Housing.

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.

For the first time ever, a Minister of Energy & Resources presents at a SEANZ Conference. With the Electricity Review underway, the growing impacts of consumer-centric tech with solar and batteries, the strong global upward trend, achieving 100% renewable generation in NZ and continuing discussions about solar mini & microgrids adding resilience to our electricity system, what messages will the minister deliver. THIS IS NOT TO BE MISSED!!

Andrew Blaver - General Manager, Consumer Energy, Horizon Power, Western Australia

Andrew has over 25 years of experience in the construction, communications and electricity industries in Australia, South East Asia and North America.

As General Manager Customer Experience for Horizon Power, Andrew Blaver is working for a vertically integrated electricity business at the forefront of the transformation to a higher distributed energy future and is guiding the development of the new business, and customer engagement, model that this future requires.

 Andrew was awarded Western Australia’s 2019 Energy Professional of the Year. The award recognises outstanding leadership, enthusiasm and innovation in the WA energy sector.

Richard Hobbs - GM Strategy, Transpower

Richard Hobbs is General Manager of Strategy Transpower, the owner and operator of New Zealand’s National Grid.

At Transpower he is responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s strategy, as well as its innovation program and its New Ventures business. Prior to this role, Richard was based in Sydney where he worked as Investment Manager for Spark Infrastructure.

Previously, he held roles at the Boston Consulting Group, Bloomberg New Energy Finance and the Australian Government. Richard holds an MBA with distinction from the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School.

Dr Julie MacArthur - Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland

Dr Julie MacArthur is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations and the Master of Public Policy program at the University of Auckland, where she teaches environmental politics and public policy. She is the author of Empowering Electricity: Co-operatives, Sustainability and Power Sector Reform in Canada (UBC Press, 2016), as well more than 20 articles and book chapters on sustainable community development, participatory environmental governance, and comparative energy policy.

Dr MacArthur has won SSHRC and RSNZ Marsden Fund grants for her research on the contribution of community energy initiatives to climate change mitigation and local development, as well as an Early Career Research Excellence Award from the University of Auckland to study the role of women in energy transitions. Julie is currently a research associate with the University of Auckland’s Energy Centre and its Public Policy Institute, and a steering committee member of WISER (Women and Inclusivity in Sustainable Energy Research).

Dr Muriel Watt - Principal Consultant, ITP Renewables

Dr Muriel Watt is an internationally regarded expert in renewable energy education, research and deployment, as well as energy policy. She has worked in government energy agencies, private companies and universities on energy related matters since 1980, with a strong focus on Renewable Energy research, development, technologies, deployment and policies. In addition to her ITP role, Dr Watt is a member of the Advisory Panels for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and Zero Emissions Byron.

Marie-Eve Bacon - GM Strategic Marketing and Business Development, Vector Limited

I am leading a very experienced and commercially savvy team who thrives in developing business expansion into local and international markets. Our goal is to help businesses meet their growing energy needs and achieve their sustainability goals by empowering them to use energy in innovative ways. I have a background in electrical engineering, as well as an MBA and more than 20 years of experience in local and international energy, telecommunications and electronic manufacturing sectors. My colleagues know me as a creative leader with a practical approach to responding to the changing needs of businesses.

Martin White - Chief Product Officer, emhTrade

Martin has been in and around software development teams for over twenty years, in product development, consulting services and startups. Martin has been involved in everything from programming to pre-sales, architecture to agile and startups to strategy, but he specialises in leading software teams by inspiring and engaging them in the process of solving customer problems.

Terry Paddy - Managing Director, Cortexo

Terry is the Managing Director of Cortexo, a cloud software service that can manage, optimise and control distributed energy resources (DER), and it’s connection to the distribution network, for the benefit of the DER owner.

Dr Andrew Crossland - Power Systems Engineer, Infratec

Dr Andrew Crossland is a power systems specialist at Infratec, building low carbon energy projects across New Zealand and the Pacific. He has a PhD in using battery storage to reduce costs of electricity networks, helped to develop world first solar and storage projects in the UK+East Africa and won a “Rising Star” award for his work in the UK energy transition in 2017. In 2019 he published his first book “Decarbonising Electricity Made Simple” to help outsiders to energy understand how we can bring about sustainable power. He also recently developed calculators and consumer protection standards for domestic solar and battery storage which is now applied in the UK through his consultancy company. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @MyGridGB

Mark Wogan - Manager High Hazards Energy and Public Safety, Energy Safety

Passionate about Technology, Best Practice, Safety and making a difference

Mark has seen plenty of change in his career. Strange how things work out he actually started his career briefly working for the Wellington gas company before joining the Post Office as a Radio Inspector. Trained and qualified as an Electronics serviceman, Quality systems expert, and a ships Radio Officer – which, yes, included proficiency at sending and receiving Morse code at 25 words a minute, using telex machines and maintaining and repairing transmitters with “valves”; don’t things change fast!  

Mark introduced and established the first NZ Government ISO9000 certified quality system. This was for conducting Ship Radio Surveys; work now performed by the private sector.

Mark worked in a range of leadership roles in Radio Spectrum Management up until 2006 when he was tasked to change manage Energy Safety - eventually staying with the team and which saw him return to gas and electricity

Rob Edwards - Founder, It's Time Foundation

Rob has a Bachelor of Science with majors in Anatomy & Physiology.

He has been a company director for 20 years in the health and well-being industry where he designed and delivered staff education and appraisal programs for hundreds of organisations across Australia and New Zealand.

He has diverse experience working with people at all levels of business, cardiac patients, young offenders, elite athletes, remote island communities and women’s groups.
Rob manages the “It’s Time Foundation” that he established in 2007.  The foundation replaces diesel power with solar in remote Fiji island schools so those kids have the opportunity of a modern education. He also then founded the Plastic Free Oceans Platform.

Rob’s focus is simply to encourage people to take a brief time out in their busy lives to consider their most important asset - themselves.  And to get you thinking about sustainable actions that you can do so you have a long and high quality life. We can’t look after other people unless we look after ourselves first.  That’s why his session is called “It’s All About You”.

John Campbell - Co-founder & Managing Director, Our Energy

John Campbell is the founder and CEO of Our Energy, leading a team designing and developing an online platform for people and communities producing their own electricity. Our Energy's technology matches local production with local consumption in real time, providing energy communities with a new level of choice, control, transparency, improved market access, and an easy way to buy, sell and gift clean, local energy.

Rogier Simons - General Manager, Vector Powersmart Solar

Rogier has had first-hand experience in successfully building a multi award winning highly innovative solar business in a challenging emerging renewable energy sector and played a key role in PowerSmart Solar’s astronomical growth since 2007. 

Vector acquired PowerSmart Solar in 2017 and in 2019 it formally became “Vector Powersmart”. Their goal is to lead, and innovate the energy sector and ultimately help its customers on their search for comprehensive energy solutions to the challenges presented in Creating a New Energy Future.

Lindsay Hart - Sales Manager Australia/New Zealand, Selectronic

Apart from a 6 year stint heading up the inverter division for Solar Energy Australia, Lindsay Hart has been with Selectronic for his entire career since starting with the company in 1978 as an apprentice electronics tradesman.He has helped develop and successfully launch almost 100 different inverter models since 1981.

Technical sales presentations and Training is the area that Lindsay most enjoys; trying to ensure that system design and installation is always of the highest quality. A lifetime in the inverter business, Lindsay has been living Off Grid since 1994 and is proud of his lifelong achievements so far in the industry and excited about what lies ahead.

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.

Mike Macklin - Deputy Presiding Member, Electrical Workers Registration Board

Mike is a self-employed registered electrical inspector based in Darfield where Mike and his wife conduct an electrical inspection, investigation and auditing business. Mike was previously a director for a large New Zealand low voltage switchboard and switchgear company. He comes to the Board with broad experience in electrical, commercial and disciplinary proceedings.

Nigel Morris - Business Development Director, Solar Analytics

Nigel Morris has been involved in the solar industry for more than 25 years. He has been involved in almost every aspect of the solar industry including manufacturing, installing, selling and designing solar, monitoring and storage systems around the world.  Prior to joining Solar Analytics he was:

- Chief Executive Officer of RoofJuice, a premium solar retailer

- Founded Solar Business Services acting as a consultant, analyst, industry advisor and business coach

- Was a senior manager at BP Solar for almost twelve years

- Was a director, installer and salesperson at a medium sized solar company

He is a prolific blogger, sits on a number of advisory boards in the solar industry and is a proud solar citizen and electric motorcycle owner.

Rod Dewar - Lead Application Engineer, Fronius

As the Lead Application Engineer for Fronius in Australia and New Zealand, Rod has been involved in the solar industry now for 9 years. After living in Germany for 15 years he returned to Australia and started as one of the founding employees at the new Fronius Australia subsidiary in 2010. With a background in power electronics and switch mode power supplies, Rod’s technical knowledge has helped him contribute to technical discussions around inverter technology within the industry and also in Standards development. He has served on the AUS & NZ EL-042 technical subcommittee since 2013 and was appointed as one of the 4 SEANZ representatives to AUS NZ EL-042 at the beginning of 2018. Rod is dedicated to helping provide quality systems and practices within the solar industry to help strive towards 24 hours of sun and 100% renewables.

Mark Eagles - Consultant Engineer, Solarcity NZ Ltd

Mark Eagles is employed by Solarcity NZ Ltd as a Consultant Engineer. He worked as Head of Engineering for three years prior to his current position. Mark founded and operated a small electrical contracting business from 2007 - 2014, specialising in solar on grid and off grid installations around NZ. During that time, the company completed multiple small to medium sized solar projects including the +60kW Auckland War Memorial Museum, numerous rural and urban systems. He also completed several installation projects in the Pacific Islands, including The Solomons, Tonga, Samoa and Rarotonga. Mark achieved a Bachelor of Engineering in Combined Engineering Studies from Coventry in the UK in the late 80’s before emigrating to NZ. Mark is one of the SEANZ representatives to the AUS/NZ EL-042 joint standards committee for renewable energy. He is a NZ registered Electrician and has successfully completed all of the NZ Electrical Inspectors Examinations.

Michael Lawley - Director, EcoInnovation

Michael Lawley is a Director of EcoInnovation NZ Limited, they manufacture the PowerSpout brand of hydro turbines and solar water pumps. These products are mainly exported and used in remote locations globally.

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