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Charting the course for our energy transition: Highlights from EN2024

Energy Networks 2024 Conference and Exhibition was held last week in Adelaide, sparking insightful discussions and debates on the aspects shaping Australia’s energy landscape. A record crowd enjoyed keynotes, conference sessions and networking opportunities aplenty.

Among the topics explored, several key themes emerged, shedding light on the transformations underway within the industry.

  1. Transformational shift needed: Participants emphasised the need for a transformational, rather than merely transitional, leap in energy generation, networks, and investments to meet Australia’s net zero commitments.
  2. Continued evolution of energy grids: Grids must continue to evolve – at pace – to support our transition. As they evolve to accommodate bi-directional flows and renewable sources, digitisation emerges as a crucial tool.
  3. Enhanced consumer engagement: Acknowledging the significance of consumer engagement, speakers emphasised the need to bridge the gap between industry initiatives and consumer expectations. Furthermore, the notion of energy justice emerged as a central tenet of the discussions, emphasising the need for a just transition that ensures equitable distribution of benefits and burdens.

Our conference location also showcased exemplary progress in renewable energy adoption, with South Australia poised to reach 100% renewable electricity by 2027.

Insights from diverse perspectives outside the Australian energy sector offered fresh insights. Keynote speaker Laura Sandys CBE advocated for a deeper understanding of consumer needs, while Tim Jarvis AM highlighted the role of adventure in fostering commitment to the cause. Moreover, contributions from First Nations’ voices served as reminders of the holistic approach needed to navigate Australia’s energy transition.

As Australia continues its journey towards a sustainable energy future, the Energy Networks Conference serves as a catalyst for collaboration, innovation, and actionable insights, driving positive change across the sector.

Energy Networks 2024 stands as a testament to the collective resolve of industry leaders, delegates, and partners to unite in addressing one of the most pressing challenges of our time – the energy transition. Attendees departed with renewed vigour and a shared commitment to shaping Australia’s energy landscape for generations to come.

We look forward to sharing details of EN2026, when we can do it all over again!