We were delighted to host Christoph Menzel, Manager of the World Energy Council (WEC) Scenarios 2060, at our exclusive BEC member-only roundtable. Given the importance of the WEC scenarios and the fact that we will look to leverage off them in our next BEC2060 scenario work, Christoph’s presentation was a unique opportunity to better understand the WEC2060 scenarios released in October 2016 at the World Energy Congress in Istanbul.
As greater integration of fluctuating renewable energies causing technical and security challenges the BEC invited Mark O’Malley, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University College Dublin to speak about about the role of the Energy Systems Integration (ESI) and challenges policy makers and businesses are facing.
“We do not think of ourselves as a utility – we are a technology company.” Simon Mackenzie says there is a “big shift” happening in the industry, and called on equipment manufacturers to better meet networks’ changing needs. Electricity assets need to be smaller, cheaper and modular and don’t need to last 40 years any more. That equipment also needs to be smart. Mackenzie says the software controlling devices will play a much greater role in delivering services. An example is BMW’s plan to install identical motors in all its vehicles but then offer software upgrades to access additional performance. “You can buy an upgrade to a Motorsports series for a weekend and go back to a 316 when you want to drive normally,” Mackenzie says. “There is no rational reason why that sort of thinking shouldn’t be coming into a lot of the energy sector and particularly the manufacturers.”
The adaptation of new technology into the electricity sector.
Preparing for our transmission needs of tomorrow, Alison Andrew, Chief Executive, September 2016
Presentation by Patrick Harris who shared with insights emerging from the Future Agenda workshops taking place around the world.
Presentation by John Carnegie to the Energy Trusts of NZ Spring Conference introducing delegates to the WEC and the BEC, and running an Energy Issues Map in order to highlight that similarities and differences between what is keeping the ETNZ trustees awake at night and what is keeping global and New Zealand energy executives awake at night.
Presentation by Rob Whitney at the 2014 NZ Gas Industry Forum on 6 November.
Presentation slides by Dr Sean Simpson, co-founder of pioneering sustainable fuels company LanzaTech and 2013 winner of the Kea World Class NZ Award for Science, on what’s happening in the laboratories of emerging energy companies.
The third of 3 presentations in our Meet the Regulator series. Brent Alderton and Nick Russ of the Commerce Commission speak about what keeps them awake at night.
The second of 3 presentations in our Meet the Regulator series. Steve Bielby, Chief Executive of the gas market regulator, the Gas Industry Company, speak about what keeps him awake at night.
Presentation by John Carnegie to the EMANZ Conference.