Wind energy conference 2018


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Meridian, Tilt Renewables, Vestas, GE and Goldwind


The 2018 Wind Energy Conference is on Wednesday 2 May and on Thursday 3 May there’s an electricity industry think tank session. For the two days we’re back at our favourite venue the Rydges Hotel in Wellington.

There is a mood of increasing optimism in the wind industry as New Zealand develops strategies to achieve a low emissions economy.  A key challenge is how best to position wind to contribute towards New Zealand’s economic transformation with the conference theme being Optimising Wind Energy for a Low Carbon Economy. If you’re interested in answers to questions like:

  • What does a low carbon economy look like for NZ and how does that change electricity demand?
  • How will technology innovation and changing consumer behaviour impact electricity demand and sources of generation?
  • What is going to happen to the NZ demand and supply balance over the next 30 years?
  • How are the economics of wind changing?
  • How do we best position wind industry for growth?
  • What regulatory change is required and what support will be provided and mechanisms used to price carbon to assist the transformation?

Then the Conference is for you.

The Conference will comprise 4 sessions, each with several presentations and a panel discussion:

  • Session 1 - A Low carbon future
  • Session 2 - Innovation and transformation
  • Session 3 - Wind energy technical and operational update
  • Session 4 - Optimising wind energy’s contribution to a low carbon economy.


Most speakers have been confirmed and the programme can be viewed here:

The electricity industry think tank topic is Interconnected Electricity Systems and Networks - What Does the Future Look Like?

One of the key challenges and opportunities for the electricity sector is the rapid change in technology and the increasing engagement of consumers in investing in electricity generation.  This and other developments will result in changes to the current distribution model which is largely centralised through existing transmission and distribution networks. The growth in behind the meter generation also has major potential implications for the future growth of new distributed and grid connected generation assets.

Bill Heaps (Strata Energy Consulting) will lead the half-day session and along with a panel of speakers will consider changes in how electricity is sourced by consumers whether from household/business generation, community initiatives, distributed or grid connected generation. 

The specialist presentations will cover a range of different perspectives and positions.  An outline of the Think Tank can be viewed below:

The 2017 Conference and Think Tank was well attended and feedback was very positive. As always, the Wind Energy Conference is a fantastic opportunity to gain knowledge, be inspired and catch up with industry colleagues.


Registration for the Conference and Think Tank are open.  Register online or download the registration form below.  Registration fees are:

  Members Non Members
Conference and Think Tank $525 plus GST $650 plus GST
Think Tank $225 plus GST $295 plus GST