SA's role in securing Australia's energy future

SA's role in securing Australia's energy future

Nov 29
CEDA welcomes back SA Minister for Energy and Mining, the Hon. Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP, less than a week after the Minister joins his state and federal counterparts in Perth at the COAG energy council meeting.


The Hon. Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP, SA Minister for Energy and Mining
Michael Bielinski, General Manager, Gas and Power, Siemens
Mark Vincent, General Manager Network Management, SA Power Networks
Catherine Way, Country Manager Australia, DP Energy

Event overview

As Australia continues to struggle with energy policy at a national level, the COAG meeting in Perth will be the first meeting of Energy Ministers’ since the May federal election, discussing critical issues around energy supply, reliability, pricing and emissions.
Since taking office, South Australia’s Energy Minister has remained focused on delivering reliable and  affordable energy for South Australian households and businesses, through a suite of complementary initiatives on both the demand and supply side.
The event will provide the opportunity to look at the role South Australia can play in securing Australia’s energy future, including:
•            Network integration, including demand management and smart meters;
•            Integrating large scale batteries and solar into the grid; and
•            Role of gas and renewables

Event presentations

The Hon. Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP, Minister for Energy and Mining MP3

Catherine Way, DP Energy MP3

Mark Vincent, SAPN MP3

Michael Bielinski, Siemens MP3

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the keynote speaker

The Hon. Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP
SA Minister for Energy and Mining

Dan van Holst Pellekaan was elected to the South Australian Parliament as the Member for Stuart in 2010. He was appointed as the Minister for Energy and Mining in the Marshall Government, in March 2018. Dan previously served as the Shadow Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources from 2014 to 2018 and has developed a broad understanding of these portfolios.

Meet the panel

Michael Bielinski
General Manager, Gas and Power, Siemens

Michael Bielinski has 40 years experience in the local and international power generation, transmission, and gas industries. In his role at Siemens, Michael is responsible for Siemens’ power generation, transmission and oil and gas business in Australia and New Zealand. Michael has BE (Hons) and BSc degrees from the University of New South Wales, and M.Eng.Sci from the University of Newcastle.

Mark Vincent
General Manager Network Management, SA Power Networks

Mark Vincent is the General Manager Networks at SA Power Networks. In this role, Mark is responsible for ensuring that the SA distribution network meets the safety and reliability expectations of the community and that network assets are prudently and efficiently managed for the benefit of future generations.

Catherine Way
Country Manager Australia, DP Energy

Catherine Way is the Australian Director and Country Manager for the global renewable energy developer, DP Energy. A specialist in renewable energy development, Catherine brings a deep understanding of the complexity of the Australian market to her role with DP Energy. With more than 15 years of renewable energy experience, she has worked in the mining sector for BHP Billiton; with the South Australian Government’s RenewablesSA; and in the not for profit sector. An advocate of sustainable development, Catherine works for outcomes that reflect a strong balance between the economic imperative and environmental and social sustainability.

Meet the chair

Matt Pearce
Partner, KPMG

Matt Pearce is a Partner with KPMG and leads the Management Consulting practice in South Australia. KPMG's SA Consulting team serves clients across the Energy & Natural Resources, Government and Defence sectors with professional capabilities in Customer & Operations, Financial Management, People & Change, and Technology Consulting.

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