Arc Flash Electrical Safety 2020
May 6 – May 8 all-day

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Why You Should Attend

The Australian sector has always prioritised their worker’s health and wellbeing in the workplace. Arc flash safety has been a big topic in the energy sector but with the 2018 arc flash incident in Yallourn power station, organisations are putting more priority in safe maintenance practices and the maintenance of arc flash protection equipment.

marcus evans Arc Flash Electrical Safety 2020 aims to provide practical ways in improving arc flash safety, standard compliance, and effective arc flash mitigation strategies. Delegates will be able to gain critical insights on updates for 2018 edition of IEEE 1584 and NFPA 70E, guidelines to the safety standards and calculations, effective mitigation methods, safe asset maintenance practices new arc flash technologies, and arc flash prevention in renewable technology.

Don’t miss your chance to hear world-renowned Arc Flash expert, Jim Phillips, one of the primary developers of the IEEE standards, talk about how Australia can use the IEEE 1584 changes to strengthen in-house arc flash safety practices. Secure your place at our 5th Annual Arc Flash Electrical Safety now!


Key Topics
  • How to Approach an Arc Flash Hazard Reduction Strategy without a Suitable Australian Standard?
  • Regulator’s Spotlight: Arc Flash Incidents and Regulations in Victoria
  • Water Corporation’s Arc Flash Hazard Assessment of Switchgear Assemblies – Sensitivity Study and Short-Hand Assessment Method
  • Retrofitting Ageing Switchgears with Arc Flash Protection Equipment to Improve Workplace Safety
  • Raising Awareness in the Workforce on Arc Flash Risks and Hazards to Stress on Safety Practices and Prevent Cutting Corners

For more information visit the Event Website.


Large Scale Solar Forum @ Brisbane Convention Centre
May 14 all-day


The Large-scale Solar Forum is Australia’s premier technical large-scale solar event, bringing together industry professionals from the solar sector for a full day of knowledge sharing and networking.

Featuring comprehensive sessions discussing the opportunities and challenges currently facing the sector, this event will provide attendees with the chance to learn from their peers as we continue to develop and grow the industry together.
This event is ideal for anyone interested in the technical side of the large-scale solar industry including those operating in policy, grid and system strength, construction and safety, asset management and social license.

Australian Energy Storage Conference & Exhibition – POSTPONED – DATES TBC @ Adelaide Convention Centre
May 20 – May 21 all-day



The Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition (AES) is returning to Adelaide, on 20 – 21 May 2020. We are proud to once again partner with the state of South Australia, Adelaide Convention Bureau, and Adelaide Convention Centre to deliver a stellar conference and exhibition in Australia’s heart of clean energy.

AES brings together leading professionals and key players in the energy storage sector, both domestically and internationally. The move to Adelaide ensures visitors and exhibitors are positioned to capitalise on the unique opportunities available in this state.

Key initiatives will once again make the Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition the place to meet new markets and expand your business. Key initiatives include the two-day conference program, free-to-attend exhibition, Zero Emission Transport workshop, site tours and a networking dinner.

For more information visit the Event Website.

Mine Electrical Safety 2020 Conference @ Pullman Mecure Brisbane King George Square
Jun 1 – Jun 3 all-day

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Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

The Mine Electrical Safety Association (MESA) is celebrating the 31st year of the Mine Electrical Safety Conferences (MESC). The 2020 conference will be held from Monday 1 – Wednesday 3 June 2020 at the Pullman Mercure Brisbane King George Square.

From humble beginnings at the first conference (which was held at Blackwater mine in central Queensland with just a handful of delegates), this event is now the premier Electrical Mining Safety Conference in Queensland and a must-attend event. The conference brings together government departments, consultants, suppliers and key industry decision makers within the electrical field to hear technical presentations on all matters relating to electrical safety within the mining industry.

The ever-popular trade exhibition, held in conjunction with the conference, provides benefits for delegates and for exhibitors. The exhibition continues to grow every year and is sure to sell out.

For more information on the 2020 event contact Absolute Events at or call 07 3848 0089

7th Residential Energy Storage Forum
Jun 22 – Jun 25 all-day


7th Residential Energy Storage Forum

Why download this Programme Now?

  • Gain invaluable insights from 14 utilities including AGL Energy, Horizon Power, SA Power Networks, AusNet Services, Momentum Energy, Energy Queensland, Synergy, Western Power, Evoenergy and more!
  • Tap into a diverse range of knowledge sharing opportunities with over 30 well-researched topics, 2 lively panel discussions and 2 Pre-Forum Masterclasses
  • Brand new topics on Virtual Power Plants, Blockchain, EV Chargers, Dynamic Export Limits and Value-Stacking of Residential Energy Storage revenue streams
  • Meet and network with 25+ end-users
  • Last but not least, find an exclusive early bird offer waiting for you inside

For more information and to download the Program visit the Event Website

Australian Energy Week 2020 @ Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Jun 22 – Jun 25 all-day

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AEW is the annual meeting place for stakeholders of all levels from the entire energy value chain, from CEOs to analysts, energy traders to engineers. And everyone in between.

With 7 different content streams for you to choose from, the agenda covers the full breadth of opportunities and challenges facing generators, networks, retailers, end users and policy makers during the current energy transition. The content is designed to help you better understand the interplay of various technological, policy and commercial drivers and to help future proof your planning.

With every major energy company in attendance as well as policy makers and regulators from every state (and federal), AEW is the place to make connections, meet industry leaders and do business.


 Be part of the most comprehensive energy event in 2020, with 96 hours of content covering the full energy supply chain
 Hear from the leaders that are shaping the future of the industry, including Ministers, industry CEOs and chairs from leading regulators
 Get access to expert analysis designed to help you understand the interplay between all parts of the value chain
 Hear case studies from engineering, technology and operational leaders from generators, networks, retailers and end users that are forging new ground with innovative approaches to delivering commercial and sustainable outcomes during the energy transition
 Learn about game-changing technologies from the impact of utility-scale and home batteries, AI, hydrogen for storage, to the Internet of Things
 Network with leaders from every major energy company


PPA 29th Annual Conference & Trade Exhibition @ College of Micronesia Gymnasium in Pohnpei
Jul 6 – Jul 10 all-day

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The PPA Secretariat is pleased to provide you with the summary information on next year’s 29thAnnual PPA Conference and Trade Exhibition which will be hosted by Pohnpei Utilities Corporation (PUC) in Kolonia, Pohnpei.

The PPA Conference brings together the major players in the electricity industry in the Pacific Islands, the Private Sector and Development Partners to discuss the latest trends, technology and developments in the industry through technical presentations, panel discussions and a Trade Exhibition of products and services by our Allied Members.

Each year the conference gains more participants and it is the largest energy conference in the region, focusing on all aspects of electricity in the Pacific Islands. The 28th Conference held in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, was attended by 278 delegates with 45 trade booth displays.


This year’s conference will be held at the College of Micronesia Gymnasium in Kolonia, Pohnpei, from 6-10 July 2020. This will be the second will be the second time for PUC to host the annual conference.

For more information visit the Event Website.

EEA NZ 2020 @ Wellington
Jul 7 – Jul 9 all-day
EEA NZ 2020 @ Wellington

‘Engineering, Technology and Innovation’ – in a Low Carbon Environment

New Zealand has committed to a #zerocarbon future and our industry has the opportunity to lead the way on delivering New Zealand’s Paris Agreement promise. As a hub for the electricity supply sector, the EEA is bringing together thought leaders from across the energy industry in its EEA2020 Conference to showcase future thinking on this highly relevant topic.

Our theme; ‘Engineering, Technology and Innovation – In a Low Carbon Environment’ is set to answer some of the great challenges of ‘now’ and ‘the future‘ for us all.

New Zealand is on a journey to close the gap between the rhetoric of climate change and the reality of world leading responses. We are moving away from reliance on fossil fuels and significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions to become a low carbon, smart energy nation.

What impact will these issues have on our industry? How can we grow collective knowledge and understanding of engineering, technology, innovation, risks and solutions?  How can we help our industry and future engineering and safety leaders play a role as innovators, influencers and change makers?

Join us at the EEA2020 Conference to debate possible answers to these questions.

The conference is the power industry’s largest collaborative forum in New Zealand, focused on delivering clarity on complex issues, practical support and solutions, and market intelligence to industry stakeholders. It also provides an excellent networking opportunity, especially in this time of change.

The Conference programme will deliver thought provoking keynote presentations and technical papers focused on the most relevant issues in our industry. Interactive panel discussions will deliver industry-changing insights making EEA2020 a ‘must do’ for your professional development calendar.

The event also includes a Trade Exhibition, all in one hall to maximise discussions between delegates and exhibitors. It is a great opportunity for businesses from around the world to showcase technology and services, people and products, and for delegates to get ‘hands on’ with the solutions you need.

Visit the EEA NZ 2020 event website for more information

Australian Clean Energy Summit
Jul 14 – Jul 15 all-day


The Australian Clean Energy Summit is the peak gathering of leaders driving Australia’s energy transformation. The two-day conference brings together heads of industry, government and finance to share the models, trends and technology innovations in driving clean energy adoption.

For more information visit the Event Website.

Power System Protection & Design Conference
Jul 14 – Jul 15 all-day

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Are you an electrical professional working with electrical systems in the mining, manufacturing industrial
plants, oil and gas or utilities industries? We are looking for a number of presenters to submit a topic idea
and present their technical topic at this upcoming conference which has been developed to promote best
practice in the area of power system protection and design.

A Power System Protection System has three main functions or duties:

• Safety – Ensure safety of personnel.
• Reliability – Safeguard the entire system to maintain continuity of supply.
• Maintenance – Minimise damage and repair costs where it senses a fault.

These requirements are necessary, firstly for early detection and localisation of faults and secondly, prompt
removal of faulty equipment from service. In order to carry out the above duties, protection must have the
following qualities: Selectivity, Stability, Sensitivity and Speed. To meet all of these requirements, protection
must be reliable which means it must be dependable and secure.

For this event we are seeking industry experts who can cover design, installation, testing and inspection
procedures for industrial and commercial power systems in detail. Power system protection will be the
focus of this event but other areas of focus to consider also include:

Earthing – Poor earthing practices can be the cause of continual and intermittent difficult-to-diagnose
problems in a facility. Earthing and how it relates to power system protection should be explored at this
event to help remedy the gaps in technical knowledge and improve practices in the industry.

Smart Grids – A smart grid is an electrical grid which includes operation and energy measures such as smart
meters/appliances, energy efficient elements, communication protocols and renewable energy resources.
Smart grids support electricity usage, generation, transmission, substations and distribution to achieve a
system that is safe, protected, secure, reliable, sustainable and competent. Power system protection must
be considered in the design process in order to protect electrical systems and prevent network problems.

Renewable Energy – The Australian renewable energy market is growing at a fast rate and the integration of
renewable energy to the grid has caused some disruption. Industrial installations are on the rise with many
large organisations opting for solar/energy storage, wind, hybrid and off grid options in their industrial
plants and settings. Applicable power system protection practice must be considered here.

Electrical Safety & Arc Flash – The other topic of interest related to power system protection is electrical
safety. The dangers and risks from electrocution, shock, explosions and arc blast can never be entirely
eliminated, yet with proper procedures and relevant knowledge businesses can take definite steps to
protect workers. Safety should be naturally inherent in the design of electrical equipment and must be
followed up with proper installation, operation, maintenance and periodic inspection.

This event will explore these electrical issues from a fresh yet practical perspective to help delegates reduce
expensive downtime in their plant and/or equipment by identifying the correct application of these

Join your peers in a vigorous and positive exchange of views, building your career and public profile and
making a contribution to Australian electrical engineering practice in this vital area!

NOTE: IDC Events do not allow vendors to “sell” their products but rather focus on practical applications
and solutions – probably the best way to showcase your technologies and engineering skills. In particular
we are seeking practical case studies, applications and the newest developments in this critical subject.


Power System Protection:
• Protection relays and settings
• Fault calculations and analysis
• Network protection schemes (incl. substation specifics such as transformer, area and directional protection)
• HV and LV overcurrent and earth leakage issues
• Applications of Protection
• Fault types and their effects
• Relays
• Co-ordination issues

Unit/feeder/transformer/switchgear/motor/generator/overhead line protection case studies
• System earthing
• Protection system components
• Instrument transformers
• Switchgear
• Batteries

Renewable Energy:
• Renewable energy
• Electric vehicles and batteries
• Solar energy
• Onshore and offshore wind power
• Hydropower
• Energy storage
• Power conversion
• Power electronics in renewable energy
• Hybrid applications
• Renewable hydrogen and fuel cells
• Biomass and biofuel energy
• Wave, tidal and geothermal energy
• Renewable energy integration
• Power system stability and protection of renewable integration
• Renewable power forecasting
• Lifecycles of renewable energy devices
• Economic aspects of renewable energy
• Demand response or management
• Microgrid and distributed renewable energy
• Smart grids
• Energy efficiency
• Sustainability
• Machine learning applications in renewable energy
• Other emerging renewable technologies

Electrical Systems & Earthing:
• System earthing
• Equipment grounding & earthing of structures
• Electrical safety earthing
• Static earthing
• Solid, impedance, touch potentials
• Electric shock
• Earth leakage protection
• Design
• Protection
• Earthing electrodes
• Measurement
• Neutral earthing
• Corrosion problems in earthing
• Earthing of surge protection devices

Smart Grids and IEC 61850:
• IEC 61850 communication protocols
• Substation automation systems
• Fault analysis, fuses, circuit breakers
• Instrument transformers
• Relay technology
• Transmission lines protection settings
• Energy efficiency and environmental impact
• Improving grid reliability while dealing with an aging infrastructure
• Safety issues
• Connection to renewable energy and impact on distribution networks
• Energy efficiency challenges in rural and remote environments
• Maximum penetration or contribution levels for PV solar power into regional/local/diesel grids

Arc Flash:
• Electrical hazards
• Effects on humans
• Codes and standards – overview, review & critique – NFPA 70E/IEEE 1584 /ESAA NENS 09-2004/ CSA-Z462
• Flash protection approach boundaries
• Hazard risk category
• Arc flash studies
• Data collection and system modeling
• Working distances and flash boundaries
• Calculations
• Practical solutions for reducing arc-flash hazards
• Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and system guidelines

Maintenance of Electrical Assets for Safety:
• Maintenance of HV switchgear
• Strategies with dealing with aging equipment
• Electrical plant failure modes
• General electrical maintenance
• Standards and codes of practice
• Condition assessment
• Transformer maintenance – types of tests
• Best practice maintenance strategies
• HV and LV circuit breaker maintenance
• Protection relay maintenance
• Earth system inspection checks
• Advanced electrical motor maintenance techniques

What is required from you?
– A 100 word abstract, which outlines the topic you would like to present. This needs to be submitted electronically as soon as possible, to secure your place.
– Once your topic is approved, your technical paper and PowerPoint slides will be due six weeks prior to the event.
– Speaking slots are allocated on topic suitability and on a first come first served basis, so please register your interest today by emailing

For further information on this event or to discuss sponsorship opportunities contact:
Sarah Montgomery
Conference Manager
IDC Events