[ASC-list] FW: BACKGROUND BRIEFING: Getting your head around the Aussie electricity debate

Susannah Eliott Susannah at smc.org.au
Tue Mar 14 21:28:42 UTC 2017

Hi fellow ASCers
Feel free to join us for this online briefing today.

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Sent: Tuesday, 14 March 2017 1:45 PM
To: Susannah Eliott <Susannah at smc.org.au>
Subject: BACKGROUND BRIEFING: Getting your head around the Aussie electricity debate

14 March 2017
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BRIEFING ALERT: Getting your head around the Aussie electricity debate

BRIEFING: Wednesday, 15 March 2017 at 10:30 AEDT ONLINE

Australia's energy future is top of mind with the release of South Australia's energy plan - but what's really behind rising power prices, blackouts and shortages? How is our grid set up, and what role can renewables, gas, or an emissions trading scheme play? Join us as three experts explain all things electricity, including how the system works and why it sometimes fails.

The briefing will discuss the following issues:

  *   Energy infrastructure and grids, energy storage, baseload power, backup generation, and how renewables and extreme weather interact with the above
  *   Cost-related issues and mechanisms, including the AEMO and load shedding, the RET, and the emissions intensity scheme
  *   The role of gas in the current energy debate

  *   Dr Iain MacGill is an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at the University of New South Wales, and Joint Director (Engineering) for the University’s Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM)
  *   Andrew Stock is a Climate Councillor at the Climate Council with over 40 years' experience in executive roles spanning traditional energy suppliers, emerging energy technologies and renewables
  *   Dylan McConnell is a PhD candidate at the Australian-German Climate & Energy College and was an author of the Melbourne Energy Institute's Renewable Energy Technology Cost Review

Join the briefing

Date: Wed 15 Mar 2016
Start time: 10:30am AEDT
Duration: Approx 45 min
Venue: Online

Journalists can follow the briefing online via audio and video streaming.  Each presenter will speak for 5-7 minutes followed by questions. Journalists will have the opportunity to ask questions online.

1. Go to the briefing web portal by clicking here 5 minutes before the start time or anytime during the briefing<http://smc.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fdc5316d8cbd7a248ee94eaeb&id=398aacf25a&e=69d18f3830>. Alternatively go to scimex.org<http://smc.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fdc5316d8cbd7a248ee94eaeb&id=7c6d0f73c1&e=69d18f3830> and follow the links.
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2. Enter access code 575 827 314#. Wait for the prompt and press #.
Radio stations can also record the briefing over a phone line. If you would like to make sure that you can connect, please contact us to arrange a quick test before the day.
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