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2022 Symposium

An Equitable and Low-Cost Energy Transition

Date: 28–29 November 2022
Venue: Room 1.17 Otago Business School, University of Otago campus

Call for abstracts closed.

As part of the symposium there will be two focused sessions:

  • Energy wellbeing (day one)
  • Energy storage and demand flexibility (day two)

We have an exciting programme for this year.

2022 OERC Symposium Programme

Day 1 – Monday 28 November 2022

9:00 – 9:15am Welcome/Mihi
9:15 – 10:00am


Pam Wynne
Head of the Fuel Poverty Unit (UK BEIS, Online)
(Sean Connelly Introduction)

10:00 – 10:30am Morning tea
10:30 – 11:00am

Mel Pande
Progress towards indicators of energy hardship (MBIE) – MBIE indicators

Chair: Sean Connelly

11:00am – 12:15pm

Energy Wellbeing Session One: Energy Hardship/ Wellbeing and Healthy Homes Framework
Chair: Mel Pande

Janet Stephenson (University of Otago):
Research on energy hardship using the energy cultures framework

Scott Willis (Aukaha Ltd):
Applying the energy cultures framework and the Otago Home Upgrade Programme

Ryan Roberts (VUW, online):
System dynamics Model of Energise Ōtaki Solar PV Projects

Bettina Reid (Te Puni Kokiri Tai Tokerau Housing Advisor, Online):
The importance of diversity of thought, experiences and co-design in the energy wellbeing sector

Tom Kane (Kainga Ora):
Measuring energy wellbeing in social housing

12:15 – 1:15pm Lunch
1:15 – 2:30pm

Energy Wellbeing Session Two: Indicators and data sharing platforms
Chair: Janet Stephenson

Phil Squire (Toast Electric, Online):
Household-level Energy Hardship Rating

Luiza Brabo Catala (University of Waikato):
Energy hardship severity: applying 17 of the proposed MBIE indicators

Daniel Gnoth (Powerco):
Identifying energy hardship at a utility scale

Maria Callau (SUR architecture):
Understanding the performance of ultra-efficient housing in Dunedin

Caroline Fyfe (Motu):
Indicators of Energy Hardship: An Update on the Warmer Kiwi Homes Study

2:30 – 3:45pm

Energy Wellbeing Session Three: Diverse voices and approaches
Chair: Gareth Cartwright

Sea Rotmann (SEA Ltd, Online):
Hearing the voices of those living in "hidden energy hardship"

Sheralee MacDonald (Orion):
Towards energy equity in mid-Canterbury – place-based collaboration

Chris Lambourne (Manaaki Energy):
Reducing energy hardship: Making the case for new gentailers

Leanna Hunt (Habitat for Humanity):
Home repair programme in Te Tai Tokerau; Tamaki and Aotea Island

Jessica Kereama (Allen & Clarke):
Evaluation of the Māori and Public Housing Renewable Energy Fund

3:45 – 4:15pm Afternoon tea
4:15 – 5:15pm

Energy Wellbeing Session Four: Panel discusion on Future of the Energy Wellbeing Evaluation Consortium
Chair: Nina Campbell


  • Helen Viggers (He Kainga Oranga)
  • Gareth Cartwright (CEN)
  • Mel Pande (MBIE)
  • Sean Connelly (University of Otago)
6:00pm Dinner (St Margaret’s College)

Day 2 – Tuesday 29 November 2022

9:00 – 10:00am


Tim Walmsley, University of Waikato
High-temperature heat pumps for process heat decarbonisation: A systems integration perspective
(Sam Lowrey Introduction)

10:00 – 10:30am Morning tea
10:30am – 12:00pm

Session One: New Energy Technologies
Chair: Arjan Abeynaike

Sally Brooker (University of Otago):
German-New Zealand Hydrogen Centre: research networking and outreach

Grant Telfar (Meridian Energy):
Southern Green Hydrogen and dry-year power system flexibility: The needs of the Aotearoa power system, a notional contract structure for supply, and trying to keep everyone happy.

Abbi Virens (University of Otago / GNS):
Exploring Expectations for Green Hydrogen in New Zealand using an Energy Cultures Framework

Neil Fernandes (Powerhouse Wind Limited):
Hybrid Renewable Energy Generators for Remote NZ

Kirill Misiiuk (University of Otago):
Topographical surface tension gradients for effective water management in energy technology

Solis Norton (Mansford Station):
Exploring the relationship between the economy, energy, and transition

12:00 – 12:10pm

Pecha Kucha poster session

  • Chris Hughes
  • Brian Stephens
12:10 – 1:15pm Lunch and Posters session
1:15 – 2:45pm

Panel Discussion: Electricity supply and demand in a decarbonised New Zealand
Chair: Michael Jack

  • Andrew Sykes (Ernst&Young)
  • Grant Telfar (Meridian Energy)
  • Jen Purdie (University of Otago)
  • Greg Sise (Energy Link)
2:45 – 4:00pm

Session three: Energy Demand
Chair Craig Cliff

Tanja Kneiske (Fraunhofer Institute):
A hierarchical control algorithm for flexible muti-energy storage systems

Anthony Mirfin (University of Otago):
Determining the true value of energy efficiency improvements and demand flexibility services

Aleida Powell (University of Otago):
Modelling the Long-term Impacts of EV Uptake within a 100% Renewable New Zealand Power System

Rafferty Parker (Vector):
Detection of electric vehicles at household level from half-hourly smart meter data

Michael Jack (University of Otago):
Will net-zero energy buildings break New Zealand’s electricity grid?

4:00 – 4:15pm Close

Past symposia

15th OERC Symposium 2021 – The Challenge of Net Zero by 2050

18–19 November 2021, Room 1.17 Otago Business School, University of Otago campus

14th OERC Symposium – New Energy Futures post COVID-19

19–20 November 2020, Room 1.17 Otago Business School, University of Otago Campus

13th OERC and OCCNET Energy & Climate Change Symposium 2019

21–22 November 2019, Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum

12th OERC Energy and Climate Change Symposium 2018

22–23 November 2018, Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum

11th annual OERC Symposium 2017 & Ag@otago Colloquium

23–24 November 2017 at the Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum

10th annual OERC Symposium 2016 & Transport Colloquium

10–11 November 2016 at the Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum