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Dynamic, flexible, responsive: Demand and the 21st century energy system

Lunchtime Forum: Monday 21 May 2018, Melbourne

Our energy market is transforming, and in this rapidly changing landscape demand side resources like energy efficiency and demand response are becoming increasingly crucial. However truly unlocking the demand side opportunity will require new rules, new business models and a new commitment to delivering for consumers.

The Energy Efficiency Council is pleased to announce a lunchtime Forum featuring a keynote address from Audrey Zibelman, CEO of the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), on Monday 21 May 2018 in Melbourne.


Date: Monday 21 May 2018

Time: 11.45am – 2.30pm

Location: The Events Centre - Collins Square, Tower 2, Level 5, 727 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3008


EEC Member $198 (GST Inc.)

Non Member $242 (GST Inc.)

Inclusions: Access to the selected Lunch, a two-course meal and beverages.

Registration: Click here to secure your spot. A credit card payment is required at the time of registration.

Are you an energy user, Academic or NGO?

A limited number of registrations at special rates are available just for you! Please contact Daniela Vrljic, Executive, Events & Communications on or (03) 8327 8425 to check if your organisation qualifies and to book your place.

If you have any questions, please contact us via email or phone 03 8327 8425.

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Key questions canvassed at the Forum will include:

  • What are the implications of the advent of sophisticated forms of energy efficiency and demand response for traditional energy markets?
  • What can we learn from overseas markets that are navigating a similar pathway towards smarter, more flexible energy use?
  • What are the learnings from the demand response trials conducted by AEMO and ARENA in NSW, Victoria and South Australia?
  • Will the various energy market reform processes currently underway unlock the potential of demand side resources?


Audrey Zibelman, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, AEMO

Audrey Zibelman leads AEMO, the independent gas and electricity system and market operator in Australia, an organisation that has primary responsibility for managing and maintaining energy system security for all Australians.

Audrey has extensive experience in the public, private and not-for profit energy and electricity sectors in the United States, most recently having held the positions of Commissioner and Chair of the New York State Public Service Commission (NYPSC). During her tenure at the NYPSC, Audrey led the design and implementation of extensive regulatory and retail market changes to modernise and transform the state’s electricity industry.

Joining Audrey on the panel of experts is:

John Bradley, Secretary, Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning

Mr Bradley has previously served as Director General of the Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet, and Director General of the Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management.

Until September 2017, he served as CEO of Energy Networks Australia – the peak body representing Australia’s electricity transmission and distribution and gas distribution businesses.

John has also held senior positions with the Queensland Water Commission and the Western Australian Office of Energy.

Craig Memery, Head of Energy & Water Policy at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.

With financial support of the NSW government, Craig and his team promote access to affordable, sustainable energy and water for households.

Craig joined the energy sector in 2002, around the time COAG’s Independent Review of Energy Market Directions recommended establishing a demand side mechanism for the wholesale market.

Since then, he has advocated widely for reforms to regulation and markets; advised government, community and private sectors; managed demand- and supply-side energy projects; delivered multidisciplinary training and education programs; provided thought leadership on existing and emerging challenges in the sector; and waited somewhat impatiently for that demand side mechanism.

Miles Prosser, Executive Director, Australian Aluminium Council the peak association for the bauxite mining, alumina refining and aluminium smelting industry sectors. 

Miles has twenty years experience in industry policy issues. He has previously worked for the pulp & paper and forest industries on a range of issues relating to resource allocation, sustainability and climate change.

The Australian Aluminium Council represents some of Australia’s largest energy users. Miles will discuss how businesses are thinking about the increasing prominence of demand response, the role it is playing in Australia compared to overseas, and the distinct ways that different industrial sectors engage in demand response markets.