Australian Utility Week: what’s free and what’s not

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Australian Utility Week, a conference and exhibition spanning all aspects of the utilities industry, is coming up in Sydney at the end of November. However “Utility Week” is something of a misnomer: it’s only two days, 29-30 November and it’s being held at the Australian Technology Park in the Sydney Inner West suburb of Redfern.

The event is in its 14th year, and the theme for 2016 is Building the infrastructure to support utilities operational excellence goals and future energy services.The organisers, Singapore-based Clarion Events, say: “Each year we develop new strategies to engage more effectively with our market. … We appreciate that the utility sector is undergoing massive change and we support the sector’s endeavours to build a sustainable energy future.

“We are strong believers in the ability of technology to overcome the challenges we currently face. The advanced metering infrastructure theme runs as a core theme within our show and connects all the new grid edge hardware and software that is featured within.”

Entry to the exhibition is free and tickets to the conference are free for utility-based professionals who work within the fields covered by the event, and for R&D professionals including smart energy start-ups and their investors, so long as they pre-register.

For others, pre-registration is $850 for employees of government and non-profit organisations and $3145 for everybody else. And those prices rise to $950 and $3645 after 22 October.If you leave it to the very last minute, you can get in for $3,900 on the day.

However entry to Track 1: Maintenance & Operations (day one) and Smart Building and The Smart Grid (day two) of the main conference is free, and there are eight one-hour peer-to-peer focus groups that are also free. They cover field service mobility, customer centricity transformation, the asset whisperer, solar storage innovations, AMI asset management, digital utility transformation, IoT infrastructure strategy, and the connected customer.

There is a separate stream of free presentations on the expo floor. The Startup Zone runs during coffee and lunch breaks on the Expo floor on day one, 29 November. Each session runs for 10-20 minutes and is for entrepreneurs and tech investors to showcase new transformational technology.

The Innovation Zone runs on day two, 30 November. Each session runs for 15 minutes during the lunch and coffee breaks of the main conference and features R&D professionals and utility innovators to showcase new ideas that improve the industry.

The Technical Zone is for vendors to showcase new products designed to improve digital buildout.  It runs during lunch and coffee breaks on both day one and day two.

Full details at www.australian-utility-week.com

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