Monday 25 May 2015

What's New in Energy Efficiency? The Latest IEA Market Update
Dagmar Graczyk  South Asia Programme Manager - Office of Global Energy Policy, IEA

IEA research has shown that improvements in the energy efficiency of energy-consuming technologies and practices in 11 IEA member countries over the past four decades saved 1 336 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) in 2012, an amount larger than total final consumption (TFC) from any other single fuel source.

Data for 18 IEA countries is available for the period 2001 to 2011 and the IA could show that efficiency improvements from 2001 to 2011 saved a cumulative 1 731 Mtoe in energy among those countries. Cumulative savings over the decade were larger than TFC in the United States in 2012.

The value of the global energy efficiency market in 2012 is estimated at USD 310 billion to USD 360 billion. Although the data are imperfect, the IEA used five different methods to estimate the size of the global energy efficiency market; signals suggest the market is growing.

A growing energy efficiency market requires more financing – energy efficiency is becoming an established financial market segment. The IEA estimates that to service the global efficiency market, finance for energy efficiency is in the range of USD 120 billion.

Energy Management and Company Competitiveness
Eli Court  Project Manager, ClimateWorks Australia

Energy price increases have made energy a more material concern for many businesses, but understanding just how material in terms of the financial performance of that business has been a challenge. ClimateWorks Australia’s research connects these dots, showing how companies can lift their financial performance and limit their exposure to future energy price rises by improving their energy performance.

The report – which assesses the risks and opportunities associated with energy costs for 50 large listed companies from a variety of industrial sectors – found that companies could increase their profitability by up to 5 per cent if they lifted their energy performance to best practice. It demonstrates that for many companies, energy is no longer a fixed cost but is becoming an important variable that can impact significantly on profitability.

Eli Court will outline a 5-step assessment methodology for companies to help understand their energy costs, their exposure to future energy price rises, how much more energy can be saved and the impact of those savings on financial performance.

Energy Efficiency and Commercial Disruption
Laurence Kubiak  Chief Executive, New Zealand Institute for Economic Research

The current technologies which support energy efficiency are interesting and valuable in themselves, but do they open up wider possibilities? How can businesses use the capabilities and technologies they have developed in innovative and disruptive ways: to compete more effectively in traditional markets, to enter new markets, or to play on the international stage?  We will review some of the latest thinking in this field and consider how it could be applied to the energy management sector.

The emphasis will be on the commercial implications of developments in the field, and what this will mean for the strategies of industry participants, both in New Zealand and internationally.

Innovation on the National Grid
Alison Andrew  Chief Executive, Transpower

Alison discusses Transpower's Demand Response programme and other initiatives that are providing transmission solutions for New Zealand. 

New Zealand Energy: Our Global Advantages
Mike Underhill  Chief Executive, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority

Mike’s presentation will explore New Zealand’s energy trends compared to global energy trends, and examine the opportunities these trends present to New Zealand both in terms of its traditional exports, and within the energy sector and the energy services sector.

Designing an Energy Scheme for a Rebuilt City
Grant Smith  General Manager - Business Development & Strategy, Pioneer Generation Ltd 

Rebuilding the Christchurch CBD provides a unique opportunity to develop a modern and highly efficient city centre incorporating the best technologies available in today's market.

Pioneer Generation and Cofely International - the joint venture partner for the project - were engaged in 2014 by Christchurch City stakeholders to develop a district energy scheme concept design and investment case supporting their sustainable city rebuild blueprint. The district energy scheme is to provide energy for heating and cooling on a networked basis.

Grant Smith will provide an overview of the design challenges, progress to date, and share his views on how the scheme can benefit the city and community over the longer term.

Where Does Gas Fit into a Smart Energy Future?
Stuart Dickson  GM Gas, Powerco

Reticulated gas has been part of the energy mix in New Zealand for almost 150 years, but will gas have a role in a smart energy future? 

With micro generation from PV increasing, home energy management becoming more sophisticated and EV cars set to take off, the traditional role of electricity networks will change but the future is far from clear. There are opportunities to integrate gas and PV, using gas for energy-intensive heating loads and energy back-up. Gas pipeline systems may also provide renewable energy storage solutions through conversion of excess electricity to hydrogen that is blended with natural gas.

Around the world, gas smart meters are on the cusp of becoming widespread, offering greater visibility and control of their energy to consumers. Smart meter trials have been completed in New Zealand and the industry is poised for roll-out.

Solar Future, Storage Now
Steve Blume  President, Australian Solar Council (ASC) & Energy Storage Council (ESC); Director, New Zeraland Pacific Solar Council

Steve will give an overview of the state of play of the solar industry in Australia, the growth of solar and PV and the outlook. He will cover how the ASC supports solar and outline the aims and objectives for the NZPSC.

Steve will also discuss why the ESC was established and offer some insights into the critical role storage technologies will play in a transformed and decarbonised energy system.

From Alternative to Mainstream – the Solar Potential in New Zealand
Gregory Hussey  Product Manager, Euroglass Solar

The Solar Industry has evolved from ‘science’ to ‘alternative’ to ‘mainstream’ global energy contender. The streams of technology; the need to address climate change; ‘Maslowian’ independence; and stronger economic drivers are coming together in support of a solar power future both in NZ and overseas.

Greg will speak to this evolution and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for greater co-operacy between power generators and distributors from a Solar Industry standpoint and how he sees the NZ Solar Industry adapting toward potential conflicts.

PV Uptake in NZ: Research-based insights from the GREEN Grid Project
Dr Rebecca Ford  Deputy Director - Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago

Dr Rebecca Ford will discuss findings from the GREEN Grid research programme that provide insight into the drivers, barriers and enablers of photovoltaic (PV) uptake in New Zealand, and the implications this may have on further adoption.

Between 2012 and 2014 the quantity of grid-connected small-scale PV systems in NZ grew by over 330%, and an exponential continuation of this growth can be seen in the market. While the current installed PV capacity per capita is still relatively low compared to some other countries, the rate of uptake is of great interest given the absence of Government incentives, along with the relatively high cost to implement. A continued growth of grid-connected micro-generation could have serious impacts for electricity generators, retailers and distributors, so being able to understand the drivers of PV uptake (i.e. the reasons for the rapid increase in PV installations) and anticipate further adoption patterns is of high importance to power grid planning and management.

To investigate these issues the GREEN Grid programme has undertaken three separate research streams: interviews, surveys, and choice modelling experiments. This presentation provides an overview of the findings to date.

Smart Grid Forum - Architecting a Future Electricity System for All New Zealanders
John Hancock  Director, Signature Consulting

In 2014 MBIE, with the support of the Electricity Networks Association, commissioned a Smart Grid Forum bringing together parties from business, scientific and academic circles, along with policy makers, regulators and consumers. The Forum’s objective is to advance the development of smart electricity networks in New Zealand. 

John Hancock will provide an update on the Forum’s work to date and its current activities including scenarios of disruptive technologies and the most efficient strategies for the electricity industry to ensure quality and reliability of supply under such disruption.

Overcoming the Big Data Challenge in Modern Energy Management
Christian Weeks  Managing Director, EnerNOC Australia and New Zealand

Today’s metering technology, combined with building management systems and other monitoring equipment are providing data rich information about energy usage. But the volume and complexity of data, energy tariffs and external factors, like weather, make managing, interpreting and using this data difficult and time consuming.

Christian Weeks, from leading Energy Intelligence Software provider EnerNOC, discusses how powerful analytical tools are improving the efficiency and effectiveness of energy management today. Learn how leading edge technology tools, like real time meter data and machine learning, are allowing the industry to not just analyse past performance of businesses, but to gain visibility of current and future energy usage trends, allowing prevention of energy usage spikes.

Energy Cultures: Research-based Insights on Energy Behaviour
Dr Janet Stephenson  Director - Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago

Why do households and businesses get locked into using energy in inefficient ways?  What can we learn from people and companies who do change? The Energy Cultures interdisciplinary research team, based at the University of Otago, has been researching energy behaviour for  6 years.

Dr Stephenson explains the concept of ‘energy culture’ using examples from households and businesses. Drawing from the team’s research, she describes ways in which families and firms can develop habitual patterns of energy use, and what can inspire them to change. Dr Stephenson also uses examples from the GREEN Grid research programme of dynamic changes which may shape NZ’s future electricity system.

Energy Productivity, the New Black for Energy Efficiency
Robert Tromop  Energy Efficiency Consultant

The paradigm for energy efficiency has shifted.  A number of governments are asking how energy efficiency can contribute to their social and economic aspirations in a post-global financial crisis world. A growing recognition of the multiple social and economic benefits of energy efficiency, and it’s contribution as the 'first fuel' for economic and social outcomes in IEA member economies, highlights a move to a more expansive paradigm for energy efficiency than just ’saving energy’.

What does this look like for some countries? China, the US and the EU have energy productivity agendas that are already transforming their economies and changing competitiveness in manufacturing.

What might this mean for energy efficiency in New Zealand? Energy prices in New Zealand are amongst the worlds most cost-reflective and are already powerful drivers for productivity. Developing an effective complementary mix of energy productivity policies hinges on two questions: What is the productivity potential in New Zealand? And what is our ambition for New Zealand’s productivity?

New Zealand’s Airport of the Future – Efficient, Resilient, Sustainable
Martin Fryer  Sustainability and Environmental Manager, Auckland Airport

Auckland Airport handles 75% of all international visitors to New Zealand , making it a key hub for tourism, aviation and trade. Auckland Airport provides the first and last impressions of a country with the ‘100% Pure New Zealand’ global brand.

In 2005 the company identified climate change as a key strategic business risk, due to its potential impact on long haul tourism and trade. Ten years on, energy and fuel efficiency is still a material issue, identified by all of its stakeholders, and included in its current sustainability policy and plans.

In this presentation, Martin will provide the background to the creation of the company’s first sustainability policy, in 2007, and how that policy was implemented. It reports on the successes of energy efficiency projects, delivered through a proactive energy management team, and the resultant 3GWh of electricity saved over a period of just two years.

Martin will also cover the evolution of business thinking, from being operationally focussed, to now engaging, and influencing others, through partnerships with the Governments’ Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) and the Sustainable Business Council.

In 2014 Auckland Airport produced a new Masterplan looking out to 2044, when it is forecast to process up to 40 million passengers a year. How will Auckland Airport ensure that the expansion is efficient, resilient and sustainable?

Tuesday 26 May 2015

The Evolution of Benchmarking in the U.S. and Australia: Challenges and Milestones
Lane Wesley Burt  Managing Principal, Ember Strategies

Lane Wesley Burt, P.E. will talk about the evolution of benchmarking (and disclosure requirements) for large commercial buildings in cities and states in the US, and compare the systems, processes, and results with the Commercial Building Disclosure program in Australia. In particular, his presentation will cover the evolution of the voluntary Energy Star Portfolio Manager tool into the foundational program for mandatory requirements in many US cities, such as New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle, and most recently Atlanta.

Lane will update on the progress in data collection and enforcement in the early adopter cities like New York and Philadelphia, and the recent political struggles in cities considering enacting the requirements. The Australian precedent, in which the NABERS program became the foundation of the national CBD program and its continued evolution, provide a natural comparison and example for US cities.

Refrigeration Technology - Evolution, Revolution or Back to the Future?
Don J. Cleland  Centre of Postharvest and Refrigeration Research, Massey University

Refrigeration is often considered a mature technology but significant developments continue to occur with climate change, energy efficiency and safety being major drivers. Refrigerants continue to change as the tradeoffs between GWP, energy efficiency, cost and safety are explored and refined. Refrigerant flammability is unlikely to be avoided in the future.

Vapour compression systems remain dominant but other technologies such as absorption, adsorption, Stirling Cycle and Peltier are finding niche applications whereas, while heavily touted, magnetic refrigeration remains at least 5 years from commercial availability. Developments in vapour compression include expanders to recover throttling losses, wider and improved use of VSDs, frost minimisation and new defrost methods, oil-free compressors, high stage heat pumping, and advanced cascades including use of evaporating secondary refrigerants.

Poor understanding of life cycle costing and thermodynamic and heat transfer principles remain significant barriers to improved design and operation of refrigeration system, and these weaknesses are likely to be exploited by those marketing marginally beneficial product solutions.

Understanding and Delivering to Enterprise Business Case Requirements
Janelle Dawson  Director Marketing - Australia and New Zealand, EnerNOC

Enterprises have complex buying structures. Understanding the psychology of their buying process and the key elements they look for in your business case delivery can be the key to getting energy management projects off the ground.

Janelle Dawson, from leading Energy Intelligence Software provider EnerNOC, discusses how organisations buy products and the complex buying eco system that you need to consider when pitching your business cases. She also provides a framework of questions you can ask when developing your business case to help you better structure and target to individual stakeholder and enterprise’s needs.

Ventilation Control – the Biggest Energy Savings Measure of them All
Rob Bishop  Technical Director, Energy Solutions Ltd

For various reasons, most mechanically ventilated buildings do not control the amount of outside air delivered to their spaces. Usually these buildings supply much too much outside air, and this causes excessive heating and cooling loads. Controlling the outside air delivery is the single largest energy savings technique applicable to most large buildings, and can be very cost-effective.

Rob will present findings from New Zealand’s BEES study, international data and experience, and local examples. Optimisation of outside air, to minimise heating and cooling loads, will be discussed, along with the requirements for reducing over-ventilation without compromising indoor air quality. Finally, the estimated market potential will be quantified, both in New Zealand and overseas.

How to Achieve Energy Efficient Buildings Through Commissioning
Mark Crawford  Technical Director - Building Services, Beca

One of the key requirements for delivering a correctly operating and efficient building is the careful management of the commissioning process throughout the ‘design, build and occupy’ phases of the project.

Commissioning Management is a process performed during the design and construction phases that leads to the completed building operating in accordance with the design intent at handover. Continuous Commissioning is the process of monitoring the use of the building during occupancy and optimising the operations of the systems installed to minimise energy use and improve user comfort.

Mark will explain the process and demonstrate how a well-managed commissioning approach can lead to more energy efficient buildings, and how existing buildings can benefit from continuous commissioning to reduce energy use and improve user comfort.

Impacts of HVAC Control Tuning for NZ Office Buildings
Dr Paul Bannister  Director - Projects & Advisory (incorporating Exergy), Energy Action

It is well established that the tuning of building HVAC controls can yield energy savings, but the process of estimating such savings has been problematic and is potentially a barrier to more widespread implementation.  However, recent improvements in building simulation modelling enable a more rigorous approach to be taken to savings estimation.

In this presentation, Paul will review results generated from a standard office model in the simulation package IES to look at a number of key control measures, including set-point adjustment, dead band adjustment, economy cycle control, and supply air temperature control for representative NZ climates in order to show more clearly what the potential savings from simple tuning measures is.

Case Studies in Industrial Efficiency
Erin Roughton  Director, Emsol

Erin works with New Zealand organisations to implement energy efficiency strategies across their operations. In this presentation, Erin will present case studies within an industrial setting where he has worked to achieve excellent energy savings, as well as improve productivity.

Ongoing and quality energy management practice is key to ensuring continued savings. Erin will highlight some of the opportunities and challenges in maintaining this practice.

ANZCO Foods - an Energy Management Success Story
Jonathan Pooch  Managing Director, DETA Consulting

In October 2012, ANZCO Foods commenced a two year Energy Management Programme aiming to reduce annual energy consumption by 25 GWh.

Jonathan Pooch will provide a detailed review of the outcomes of the programme including the challenges, lessons learnt and success stories. The presentation will also include a look at the next steps of ANZCO Foods’ Energy Management Programme and how they are continuing to optimise their operation.

Industrial Energy Monitoring and Targeting
Andy Logue  Director, Energy NZ

Whilst commercial M & T projects have been around for some time, little has been happening in the industrial sector due to costs and challenges involved with monitoring utilities such as gas, steam and compressed air.

With a number of projects now completed, Andy will run through these challenges along with highlighting the opportunities that often lie undetected.

Success by treating people the way THEY want to be treated
Dudley Enoka  Business Leadership Consultant

Dudley will share his experiences in interacting with different business stakeholders and introduce some tools and methodologies that will help strengthen how you position your energy management proposals. 

Open Innovation and Business Accelerators
Stefan Korn  CEO, Creative HQ

Large organisations tend to struggle with innovation, in particular with “disruptive innovation” (as distinctly different from continuous / incremental improvement) for the following reasons:

  • Disruptive innovation typically replaces current business models or threatens the status quo of internal stakeholders – consequently innovative ideas are being blocked internally
  • Developing truly innovative solutions requires a level of unstructured activities which don't easily fit with process oriented, hierarchical and highly efficient work environments
  • Innovation requires a particular mindset, approach, supportive environment and a degree of risk-taking which is not typically present in work environments of large organisations and cannot be learnt through training courses. Nor can it be "switched on" during “innovation workshops”.

The innovation challenge for large organisations is further complicated by Generation Y entering the workforce with a view that business and government is not doing enough to address pressing issues. Organisations must foster innovation to attract and retain Generation Y talent (as evidenced in the 2014 Deloitte Millennial Survey)

To address these challenges Creative HQ uses startups to bring fresh thinking, new approaches and open innovation to large enterprises, government and industries. Starting with ideation initiatives (such as crowdsourcing or “hackathons”) for rapid idea generation to corporate business accelerators to solve customer facing problems end-to-end within 3 months, Creative HQ delivers impactful innovation as a service. In his presentation Stefan outlines key principles of startup innovation, explains how these principles can be successfully applied to large organisations and shares case studies and recent NZ success stories.

Reducing Cost and Environmental Impact through Creative Innovation
John Ascroft  Chief Innovation Officer, Jade Software Corporation

To accelerate the reduction in cost and environmental impact of energy management, a wide range of new skills are required. Understanding the benefits of improving energy use, through to the engineering skills needed to install and optimise energy using equipment need new ways of thinking. The old linear ways of designing and building ecosystems are no longer sufficient in today's rapidly changing and competitive marketplace.

A fusion of design thinking with pure creativity deploys ambidextrous thinking where using both left and right brain techniques leads to superior outcomes.

In this talk, John Ascroft will cover examples of this ambidextrous thinking in action, and share ways to encourage and develop creativity and innovation in the management of energy in New Zealand.

Taking Our Capability to the Overseas Market
Tony Woods  Director, Sustainable Energy Services International

Tony Woods has been working on renewable energy projects throughout Asia and the Pacific over the last 20 years. He started his company in 1996, and has worked mainly on consulting projects. Tony’s primary focus has been on community development to assist communities with their energy needs. HHe hHe has worked with military clients in Afghanistan and Iraq, and is now tackling megawatt-scale projects in Central Asia and Africa.

Tony will describe some of the stages his business has gone through, along with the rewards and challenges of taking on projects in some of the world’s more difficult locations and political climates. Always open to interjections and questions, Tony will share some of his experiences ‘acting global’ in growing a sustainable energy business offshore.