ESIG Down Under


With the Australian Government’s escalated coronavirus health and travel warnings, AEMO has taken the prudent decision to postpone the ESIG Downunder event. Dates for the rescheduled event will be released shortly.  All registered attendees will be contacted in the near future and payments refunded. If you have any queries regarding ESIG Downunder, please contact the AEMO Support Hub

General Information

ESIG Down Under will bring together key leaders in our industry to share insights into the energy sector’s transformation, with a special focus on the dissolution of traditional interfaces in Australia.

The event will be hosted by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf, Melbourne, VIC 3006

Event Schedule

*A detailed event agenda will be available soon*

April 22 – Tutorial: Managing system security with increasing inverter-based resources

April 22 – Opening Plenary & Executive panel round table

April 22 – Plenary session & break-out: Physics/Markets

April 22 – Welcome reception and poster session

April 23 – Plenary session & break-out: Customer/Grid

April 23 – Plenary session & break-out: Transmission/distribution

April 24 – ESIG Members Technical Workshop: Transitioning the NEM to a low carbon energy system


Event Overview

About the Tutorial

Successful management of power system security is increasingly challenged by the integration of distributed, intermittent, and inverter-based generation that is part of the energy system evolution. To manage this energy sector transformation, we need to equip our energy sector professionals with skills and knowledge to understand, model, analyse and regulate the inverter-based generation that is fast becoming the technology of choice. The tutorial will be hosted by internationally recognised experts that will share insights and new developments in the areas of:

  • Technology for synchronous generators, condensers, and grid-following and -forming inverters.
  • Key factors impacting integration of inverter-based resources in Australia.
  • Defining system strength and inertia requirements.
  • How NEM system strength and inertia requirements work.
  • Assessing system strength through power system modelling and analysis.
  • Managing the system wide impact of distributed energy resources

About the Opening Plenary

Australia’s energy system is transforming at a pace and magnitude not previously seen or imagined. The disruption facing power systems across the globe is accelerated in Australia, as an electrically islanded nation. Indeed, by many metrics, change is happening faster in Australia than in almost all other developed economies, and it’s occurring in a physical and operating environment that poses greater technical and design challenges.

The opening plenary brings together senior leaders of some of the leading system operators and technology developers to share insights of how their organisations are tackling the challenges of the energy evolution. This session also includes a panel style discussion engaging with the audience.

About Physics – Markets Plenary

As the energy sector transformation continues, we need to ask ourselves: “Where does the physics stop, and the market begin?” This session seeks to explore the connection between the physical power system requirements and the energy market and regulatory based services that are needed to ensure security and reliability during the energy sector transformation.

About Customer – Grid Plenary

The rapid uptake of consumer technology including DER and electric vehicles will impact the planning and operations of the electricity grid. At the same, time with consumer technology now impacting both the demand profile and the supply profile, the IoT (including smart meters) and analytics has the potential to redefine the customer-grid interface, and need to be considered in the energy sector transformation

With very significant amounts of additional grid infrastructure required in a high variable renewable and electrified future, the customer is highly influential on the need for, and the development of this infrastructure.  Understanding socio-demographics and behavioural considerations is an important input into the planning and operating of future variable renewable dominated electricity grids.

Further challenges and options, which need to be carefully analysed are likely to be introduced by possible system and infrastructure developments that might use new energy vectors, such as hydrogen, to contribute to the decarbonisation of the electricity, heat, transport, and industrial sectors.

About Transmission-Distribution Plenary

The aim of this session is to provide an overview of state-of-the-art research and projects at the interface between the transmission system and the distribution system, highlighting the technical, commercial and regulatory challenges and opportunities. These include:

  • Management of technical constraints in increasingly active distribution networks traditionally designed for unidirectional power flows and passive operation and which are now also interacting with the transmission system,
  • Increasing operational uncertainty and lack of visibility driven by renewable-based DER variability or from price-driven DER response,
  • Undesired tripping of DER following system events or local faults and impact on system security,
  • Emergence of new actors such as Distribution System Operator (DSO), aggregators and virtual power plants to facilitate DER participation in energy and system services markets,
  • New commercial arrangements such as distribution-level marketplaces and their interaction with transmission markets,
  • Potential transmission/distribution interface dissolution, need for whole-system management, and relevant impact on technical, commercial and regulatory aspects, and
  • Inclusion of active distribution systems in transmission planning and need for more coordinated planning.



Accommodation is available at The Novotel South Wharf. The hotel has direct access to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The special ESIG/AEMO room rate for the event is currently $230 (AUD) per room, per night for a Standard Room with 1 Queen Bed. This rate is based on hotel availability and may change, so we urge to make your reservations as soon as possible.


Online registration for the tutorial and plenary sessions is available to all interested parties. 

The technical workshop is open to interested parties from ESIG member organizations. One’s employer must be an ESIG member in good standing to attend this event. Please note that this is a limited number event and registration will be on a first come basis.

Early Bird pricing will be available until March 16, 2020.

Event  Rate
 Tutorial (Early Bird)
 Tutorial (Standard)
 Student (Early Bird)
 Meeting (Early Bird)
 Meeting (Standard)
 Student (Early Bird)
 *includes Plenaries, Break out sessions, and Reception
 Technical Workshop  $250
 Reception Companion  $80

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