EECON 2014, the EESA NSW Annual Conference & Trade Exhibition, will be held at the Australian Technology Park Eveleigh on 12 & 13 November. 

The theme of the conference this year is  Energy networks - evolutionary transformation or death spiral?

Electricity networks consisting of both transmission and distribution systems, face ongoing and serious challenges in the years ahead. It was ever thus!

These include planning, connecting and operating systems with radically different generation mixes, including large solar and wind generation sites and more power electronics controlled loads. Concurrently, networks at minimal cost to the customer must ensure reliability and adequate power quality, reduce carbon emissions, minimise visibility of new builds, improve customer service, moderate electricity rates, manage aging infrastructure, and address skills and staff depletion, two way energy flows, effects of climate change and extreme weather concerns i.e. bushfires and floods. 

At EECON 2014 you will come away with an understanding of these utility issues, the methods, and tools which have worked successfully, and return to your organisation to implement the solutions outlined.

This is a technical conference, providing ongoing professional development for technical people in the electricity industry.  It is a great way for members of Engineers Australia to earn their professional development points. 

We look forward to welcoming everyone to EECON in November 2014

Bob Smith

NSW Chapter Chair

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