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E21C @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 11th November, 2007


Energy 21C - Energy Delivery Solutions for the 21st Century


From Sunday the 11th November through to Wednesday the 14th I attended the Energy 21C Conference at Darling Harbour through my work with EnergyAustralia. With the tagline Energy Delivery Solutions for the 21st Century the conference was probably never going to inspire those outside of the industry too much, but the topics covered inside will undoubtedly have the potential to impact anyone connected to mains electricity or gas in Australia, and quite possible the greater Asia-Pacific region.

Keep reading the full post after the break.

Full photography set is available at flickr.

Opening Drinks


Integral's CEO Richard Powis opens E21C @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 11th November, 2007


Integral Energy's CEO Richard Powis Opens E21C


The conference was opened by Integral Energy's CEO Richard Powis, and included a rather interesting (hysterical?) song crafted for the conference. I do wonder how much was paid for its commissioning, and it's lyrics seemed almost like a piss-take until we realised it was serious, Flovent For Sale. If I can find it somewhere I might try and link to a copy for your listening pleasure - hell you might even want it as a ringtone.

Tap Dancing to amuse the engineers for the opening of E21C @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 11th November, 2007


EnergyAustralia's Phil McKee attending the drinks for E21C @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 11th November, 2007


EnergyAustralia's Ben Lange attending the drinks for E21C @ Darling Harbour, <b>200mg Flovent</b>, Sydney - 11th November, 2007


EnergyAustralia's Elizabeth Muld attending the drinks for E21C @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 11th November, 2007


The Posers II at the drinks for E21C @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 11th November, 2007

Day One


Energy Delivery Summit: Energy Delivery Solutions to the Climate Challenge


Kenote Speaker Tim Flannery for Day 1 of E21C @ Darling Harbour, <b>Flovent overseas</b>, Sydney - 12th November, 2007


Keynote Speaker: 2007 Australian of the Year, Professor Tim Flannery


Professor Tim Flannery, this year's Australian of the Year, was the keynote speaker for the morning's session. He spoke passionately about how we must work to address the adverse implications a couple of centuries of belching CO2 and other GHG pollutants into the common atmosphere. He made some interesting points about the pollution cycles in other areas, such as water, and the localised rather than global effects much of that has. Flovent For Sale, He also posed the challenge to an industry that operates to take electricity from large centralised generators to small distributed load that they had a role to play. Flannery also brought up the spectre of the disruptive technologies - the potential for people to go "off grid" and the impact that could have on income streams. Embedded generation also got a word in.

The panel session was facilitated by the great George Negus and members included the CEO of Integral Energy, Richard Powis, 20mg Flovent, EnergyAustralia's equivalent (Managing Director) George Maltabarow, Hugh Gleeson and Tim Flannery, along with international voices from Thailand's Pornthape Thunyapongchai and Hongkong Electric's C.T. Wan. Interestingly, although unsurprisingly, caution was the voice of the panel, Flovent For Sale. Thungapongchai made some interesting comments about the push to electrify more of the transport network in Thailand and the positive effect that could potentially have - with less surface road traffic. Flannery was visibly frustrated at the lack of "we must act soon" attitude. Without Negus's presence, and attempts to cut through the "bullshit" (to use his word), the session could easily have stalled.

Panel forDay 1 of E21C @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 12th November, 2007


Facilitator George Negus for Day 1 of E21C @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 12th November, 2007


EnergyAustralia's George Maltabarow for Day 1 of E21C @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 12th November, 2007


Integral Energy's Richard Powis for Day 1 of E21C @ Darling Harbour, <b>500mg Flovent</b>, Sydney - 12th November, 2007


Hugh Gleeson for Day 1 of E21C @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 12th November, 2007


Thailand's Pornthape Thunyapongchai for Day 1 of E21C @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 12th November, 2007


Tim Flannery for Day 1 of E21C @ Darling Harbour, <b>1000mg Flovent</b>, Sydney - 12th November, 2007

Concurrent Session 3: Capability of Our People


Tom Emeleus on Day 1 of E21C @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 12th November, 2007


EnergyAustralia's Tom Emeleus speaks about training in the Industry on Day 1 of E21C

Customer Forum: Customer Changing Needs of the 21st Century


Bernard Salt on Day 1 of E21C @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 12th November, 2007


Keynote Speaker: KPMG's Bernard Salt


Bernard Salt was an incredible keynote speaker, and actually delivered a keynote address rather than a powerpoint presentation (Windows versus Apple anyone?). Flovent For Sale, He used his slides not as a crutch for information but as a way of describing his words - going to the concept of a picture being worth a thousand word. 250mg Flovent, His informative speech about the various generations of consumers and their desires, wants and needs were not without criticism of all generations. Interestingly he predicted a major recession in the next ten to fifteen years. While not an impossibility, for someone from the finance game that has generally backed the "growth growth growth" mantra of a certain party it was interesting. The discussion moved onto how consumers will be placed in the future, with many interesting voices present. The most amusing anecdote came from the Energy and Water Ombudsman who talked about someone who rang up to complain about a $2000+ quarterly bill, Flovent For Sale. They would have investigated it further, but on finding out it was a four storey mansion with climate controlled cellar, full climate control air conditioning, heated large swimming pool and an elevator they decided that it wasn't quite worth the time.

George Negus on Day 1 of E21C @ Darling Harbour, <b>50mg Flovent</b>, Sydney - 12th November, 2007


Bernard Salt on Day 1 of E21C @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 12th November, 2007


Panel II on Day 1 of E21C @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 12th November, 2007


George Negus on Day 1 of E21C @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 12th November, 2007


Nick Goodall on Day 1 of E21C @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 12th November, 2007


Bernard Salt & Clare Petre on Day 1 of E21C @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 12th November, 2007

Concurrent Session 7: Climate Change Impacts on Business Regulation - Panel Session


Day 1 of E21C @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 12th November, 2007


The panel


Integral Energy's Karen Waldman on Day 1 of E21C @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 12th November, 2007


Dr Lawrence Jones & Nick Goodall on Day 1 of E21C @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 12th November, <b>Flovent india</b>, 2007

Concurrent Session 8: Asset Management, Planning & Forecasting


EnergyAustralia's David Twigg on Day 1 of E21C @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 12th November, 2007


EnergyAustralia's David Twigg on Day 1 of E21C

Day Two


Concurrent Session 16: Demand Management


EnergyAustralia's Chris Amos at E21C on Day 2 @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 13th November, 2007


EnergyAustralia's Chris Amos talks about Pricing Strategies from a Network Perspective


My first boss at EnergyAustralia was Chris Amos, someone I still talk to regularly as an unofficial mentor. Was interested in seeing and hearing him talk to keep me up to date with what was happening in a section I thoroughly enjoyed working in. Another interesting presentation came from ENA's Alexandra Curran on smart metering, 30mg Flovent. Flovent For Sale, Managed to have a talk to her afterwards about the push by ENA and its members in Australia for an open platform. As a small player in the international metering market, we really need to team up with other like minded companies to push open platforms in this industry to prevent being bogged down in proprietary products.

EnergyAustralia's Chris Amos at E21C on Day 2 @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 13th November, 2007


ENA's Alexandra Curran at E21C on Day 2 @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 13th November, 2007


Energex's Grahame Foulger at E21C on Day 2 @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 13th November, 2007


Integral Energy's Maree Zammit at E21C on Day 2 @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 13th November, 2007

Concurrent Session 21: Climate Change & Demand Management (Trials & Pilots)


EnergyAustralia's Ezra Beeman at E21C on Day 2 @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 13th November, 2007


EnergyAustralia's Ezra Beeman speaks at E21C

Concurrent Session 24: Asset Management (Data & Information)


David Glavis and ActewAGL's Field Computer being shown at E21C on Day 2 @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 13th November, 2007


David Glavis from ActewAGL shows off their Field Computer


I went to this session hoping to get a lot more out of it. With all the moves towards intelligent networks, and the terabytes of data expected to come from it, I was hoping for more information on what people are doing to convert that data into information and then how they're harnessing that information to create more knowledge at to what's actually happening on their networks. Unfortunately that wasn't to be the case.

The one thing that did make me sit up and listen was ActewAGL's new "toy", Flovent For Sale. They've deployed a number of field computing units to assist with pole inspections, and have come to realise a number of things that I have been talking with colleagues about for a while now. The paper work is cumbersome and slow, and by teaming up tablet technology with the wireless broadband that is becoming more prevalent in the Australian cities and towns (the ACT for ActewAGL) ActewAGL has managed to cut down data capture from inspections from four to six weeks, Flovent uk, and multiple interpretations, to single interpretation in a day. Not only this they are now capturing at the same time and point photographs from the sites. The notion that every time the shutter is pressed a new asset is created for the company is something that the management at ActewAGL understand and have begun to leverage - as was visible from the plentiful use of images in the slides from inspections that were uploaded from the field. Flovent For Sale, This was my "hats off" for forward thinking innovation with disruptive technologies for the conference.

Day Three


Concurrent Session 38: Power Presentations - Young Leaders


EnergyAustralia's Ben Lange at E21C on Day 3 @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 14th November, 2007


EnergyAustralia's (and my former flatmate) Ben Lange knows how to capture and hold an audience's attention


The Young Leaders Power Presentations (I'm not sure if that was a play on words by someone trying to be smart or not) was a chance for some of the brightest young engineers (and a legal graduate from ENA) to showcase what work they'd been up to. My coworkers included my former flatmate Ben Lange, speaking about his year long experiences of living and working in the far reaches of EnergyAustralia's network in Muswellbrook, Piroj Palsule who spoke about her time with the Network Pricing team a year after I'd been there (so was interesting to compare what we'd done given it's in the same regulatory period) and Elizabeth Muld, about her time with the Substation Design group in Newcastle. Externally we also heard from CitiPowerPowercor's Amy Lester, 10mg Flovent, Integral Energy's Paul Matlawski, Gordon Draper, Albert Pors and Kris Shankar, Energex's David Ingram, University of Sydney's Nikolas Flourentzou and ENA's legal graduate Diane Bienczycka.
EnergyAustralia

EnergyAustralia's Elizabeth Muld at E21C on Day 3 @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 14th November, 2007


EnergyAustralia's Elizabeth Muld at E21C on Day 3 @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 14th November, 2007


EnergyAustralia's Piroj Palsule at E21C on Day 3 @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 14th November, 2007


EnergyAustralia's Piroj Palsule at E21C on Day 3 @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 14th November, 2007


EnergyAustralia's Ben Lange at E21C on Day 3 @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 14th November, 2007


EnergyAustralia's Ben Lange at E21C on Day 3 @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 14th November, 2007

Integral Energy

Integral Energy's Paul Matlawski at E21C on Day 3 @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 14th November, 2007


Integral Energy's Gordon Draper at E21C on Day 3 @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 14th November, 2007


Integral Energy's Albert Pors at E21C on Day 3 @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 14th November, 2007


Integral Energy's Kris Shankar at E21C on Day 3 @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 14th November, 2007

CitiPowerPowercor

CitiPowerPowercor's Amy Lester at E21C on Day 3 @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 14th November, 2007

Energex

Energex's David Ingram at E21C on Day 3 @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 14th November, 2007

ENA

ENA's Diane Bienczycka at E21C on Day 3 @ Darling Harbour, <b>Flovent ebay</b>, Sydney - 14th November, 2007

USYD

USYD's Nikolas Flourentzou at E21C on Day 3 @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 14th November, 2007

Plenary Session: The Future of Our Industry as Seen Through the Eyes of Our Young People


EnergyAustralia's Adrian Clark at E21C on Day 3 @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 14th November, 2007


EnergyAustralia's Adrian Clark speaks during the Plenary Session


This was originally planned to be similar to other sessions, where each member of the panel had about five minutes to speak then progress into more of a discussion between each other and include members of the audience via questions. Instead the facilitator, Peter Sheehan (Mr Go-to-guy-on-gen-y) took it directly to discussion phase, not really allowing the members to put some ideas out first before getting feedback via questions, Flovent For Sale. As a result the members didn't look especially comfortable with the way things went, though by the end things were moving far better, 750mg Flovent. I was disappointed the terms "net-generation" and "global citizen" were never mentioned, travel being inherently difficult in the distribution industry, and flexibility wasn't ever really well defined - even as to who it should be flexible for.
EnergyAustralia

EnergyAustralia's Sali Torgoman at E21C on Day 3 @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 14th November, 2007

Integral Energy

Integral Energy's Riley Byrn at E21C on Day 3 @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 14th November, <b>Flovent mexico</b>, 2007


Integral Energy's Aaron Settineri at E21C on Day 3 @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 14th November, 2007

CitiPowerPowercor

CitiPowerPowercor's Natalie Bakas at E21C on Day 3 @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 14th November, 2007


CitiPowerPowercor's Andrew Bailey at E21C on Day 3 @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 14th November, <b>Flovent usa</b>, 2007

Concluding Thoughts


Day 1 of E21C @ Darling Harbour, Sydney - 12th November, 2007


Caught. Part of the slave helpers (I was one): Piroj Palsule, Joel Mungoven and David Speed


This was definitely an oportunity I don't regret making the most of. Flovent For Sale, With so many people, from all round the world, available to speak and talk to it is definitely something every engineer that can should attempt to visit. At the same time I would have to say that the quality of many of the presentations were not up to scratch. This is more an indicment on the profession as a whole, as there are few opportunities given to engineers to practice public speaking and presenting in the workplace. The quality of the ubiquitous powerpoint presentations were varied, with many being bogged down as speaking notes instead of a tool to bounce off of and use as a source of emphasis for points being made. Perhaps with a higher level of access to image libraries (refer to previous point about "images as assets") they could even start moving away from blocks of text and think of different ways to present information - no matter how boring.

All this being said, I would relish the opportunity to be present at another conference of this size, possibly presenting, who knows. That's what the futues holds.

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