Important Dates
Paper submission: Now closed
Paper decisions: 8 Aug 2016
Final submission: 5 Sep 2016
12 Sep 2016
Registration: Now open
Early-bird closes: 12 Sep 2016
Tutorials: 28 Nov 2016
Conference: 29 Nov -
1 Dec 2016

Plenary Session

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 9:00 – 10:30

“Smart Technology Empowering the Power System of the Future”

Each panel speaker will present for 15 minutes on how smart technology is rapidly changing their sector of the electric power system, empowering customers and forging the path to the Power System of the Future. This will be followed by 20 minutes for panel discussions, questions and answers led by the session moderator.

  • Dhammika Adihetty, General Manager, Emerging Energy Markets, Ausnet Services
  • Elisabeth Brinton, Executive General Manager, New Energy, AGL
  • Mike Cleary, Chief Operating Officer, Australian Energy Market Operator
  • Prof. Simon Bartlett, API Australian Chair in Electricity Transmission, University of Queensland
  • Jay Giri, Director of Power Systems Technology, ALSTOM Grid

dhammikaadihetty Dhammika Adihetty
General Manager, Emerging Energy Markets
Ausnet Services

Dhammika Adihetty is General Manager of Emerging Energy Markets at AusNet Services responsible for innovation investments globally and commercial experimentation around emerging business models in the energy industry. Dhammika has over 30 years’ experience in electricity transmission and distribution sector including numerous senior management roles within AusNet Services. Most recently Dhammika was responsible for leading AusNet Services’ business transformation program which included the successful deployment of one of the largest SAP EAM/ERP systems in Australia. Prior to that he was the Director Network Engineering, responsible for asset management of $10b Gas and Electricity Networks assets owned by AusNet Services. Dhammika holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree (Sri Lanka) and a Graduate Diploma in Management (Monash University). He has also completed the Company Directors Course (Australian Institute of Company Directors) and the General Management Program (Harvard Business School).

ElisabethBrinton Elisabeth Brinton
Executive General Manager, New Energy

Elisabeth Brinton is AGL’s Executive General Manager, New Energy. She is responsible for the roll-out of AGL’s solar and battery storage offerings, electric vehicle and charging stations integration, as well as the world’s largest virtual power plant, announced for Adelaide. Most recently, Elisabeth led Corporate Strategy at Pacific Gas & Electric. She launched PG&E’s ground breaking IOT “Grid of Things” business strategy, ran M&A and strategic investments, and led California’s exploration of new utility business models. Elisabeth is a chemist passionate about blending her scientific and technical expertise with customer centric market innovation, business strategy and policy leadership. She is a graduate of Principia College in scientific and humanities disciplines and a Harry S. Truman and Lincoln Academy Scholar.

MikeCleary Mike Cleary
Chief Operating Officer
Australian Energy Market Operator

Mike Cleary is AEMO’s Chief Operating Officer, with responsibility for AEMO’s day to day and longer term operations. Originally from Ireland, Mike is a fellowship member of the Charter Association of Certified Accountants and worked for the Irish Electricity Supply Board for 15 years. He has also worked in a range of consulting and senior management roles in the energy industry at firms such as PJM Interconnection, Constellation Commodities Group, Powerex, Anadarko, Deloitte and Accenture. Before joining AEMO, Michael was based in the United States where he was the Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the Electric Reli- ability Council of Texas (ERCOT). He directed an extensive wholesale electricity market imple- mentation and corporate turnaround program.

SimonBartlett Prof. Simon Bartlett
API Australian Chair in Electricity Transmission
University of Queensland

Professor Simon Bartlett AM is the API Australian Chair in Electricity Transmission at the University of Queensland. With forty years’ experience in electricity transmission and power generation in Australia, Europe and Canada, Simon’s recent industry roles include COO of Powerlink Queensland and Board Director of Electranet SA. Simon is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering; Institution of Engineers Australia and the Australi- an Institute of Company Directors. He was awarded the IET Sir Lionel Hooke award in 2007, Queensland Electrical Engineer of the Year in 2008, Australian Professional Engineer of the Year in 2009 and a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012 for services to the Australian pow- er industry and engineering profession.

JayGiri Jay Giri
Director of Power Systems Technology, ALSTOM Grid
Session Moderator

Jay Giri is Director of Power Systems Technology and Strategic Initiatives at General Electric in Washington, USA and an affiliate professor at the University of Washington. Jay was one of the co-founders of ESCA in 1978 and developed the AGC software that now controls a large proportion of generators globally. He has a PhD from Clarkson University in New York and a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras. He is an IEEE Fellow and a member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Governing Board. He is an Alstom Grid Senior Fellow and member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences.