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Smart Utilities Australia & New Zealand is the region's most established event for electricity retailers, distributors and water utilities.

But don't just take our word for it! Hear what our attendees have to say about 2013's show:

 “The Smart Utilities conferences organised by Clarion Events are considered as the best conferences that showcase the evolution of the “smart” utility. The Smart Utilities Australia & New Zealand 2013 conference is a testament to this and Daria and her highly efficient team, as always, ensure that participants are well taken care of and that the conference consists of content and speakers relevant to today’s utility market.” Ramy Soussou, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Energy Retailers Association of Australia (ERAA)

“Smart Utilities Australia & New Zealand gathers most of the key players in the “smart” industry together so that we can get the latest information and ideas and also speak to our counterparts in the industry. There were so many great topics that it was sometimes difficult to decide which presentation to attend.” Alex Cruickshank, Manager Metering and Market Interactions, AGL Energy, Australia

“The Smart Utilities Australia & New Zealand conference is one place where you get a sense of what people are doing (now!), how they are innovating and what their current challenges are. The people that attend are willing to share, and over a few days there is ample opportunity to connect and deep dive on your topic of choice. I noticed this year in particular there is much discussion about shared infrastructure and the gains of doing "smart" things in energy AND water...The analytics for asset management, the issues of energy in the water world make multiple utilities coming together at this one conference a lot of sense.” Glen Garner, Senior Managing Consultant, IBM Global Centre of Competency Energy & Utilities, Australia

“Thank you for a great show! I attended all 3 days of the conference and found it both interesting and well hosted. My team were kept busy on our stand and we feel we have a good chance of converting some interest into sales. Overall it was a very positive experience for us.” Michael Hamilton, CEO, Brave Energy, Australia

“At Smart Utilities Australia & New Zealand we were able to learn about specific areas of interest from unexpected sources. What a breath of fresh air to hear from the people with real experience in consumer engagement. The interactive nature of the sessions created a very positive atmosphere and got us thinking as individuals and as a group.  And who would've thought that a transmission company could learn so much from a water utility? Wow! We will definitely be back next year.” Quintin Tahau, Demand Response Manager, Transpower New Zealand Ltd

“One of the few forums in Australia and NZ where it is possible to mix with industry individuals, talk informally, and attend formal presentations. I was particularly interested in the discussions on product trials and the results of projects, all of which are relevant in most jurisdictions.” Ron Beatty, Principal Adviser Market Services, Electricity Authority, New Zealand

“Thank you for the opportunity to participate. It was a terrific workshop. I enjoyed it as much as the participants. I would comment that we were able to share the lessons from the field since we have been through our deployments and share our best practices with the attendees. I did receive great feedback that the workshop was brilliant! We covered all of the issues that could come up before, during and after the deployment and they appreciated our honesty and tactics to address the issues.” Risa Baron, Stakeholder Education Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric, USA

“Smart Utilities Australia & New Zealand 2013 was professionally organised and managed hour by hour with a range of current and informative speakers grouped in well considered segments. It’s a terrific insight into the issues and thinking of our industry across the Asia pacific region and probably globally to keep senior executives informed and in the conversation.” Marcus Kohn-Taylor, GM Commercial, WEL Networks, New Zealand

“As a US-based technology provider, we found the conference was an efficient way for us to engage energy distributors and retailers in Australia/NZ. We’ll attend next year because the content was timely, the presentations were well-delivered, and the decisions makers were in attendance.” Matt Plante, VP of utility sales, Bidgely, USA

“Another successful event, great speakers, access to thought leaders, interesting discussions – well worth the time and effort to participate. Well done!” Simon Camroux, Manager Wholesale Market Regulation, AGL Energy, Australia

“This year’s Smart Utilities Australia & New Zealand conference has attracted the right audience. The programs and discussions were well organised and relevant to the market.  It was a good conference and certainly encouraged the industry to work together to provide a best solution to consumers.“ Guo Feng Zhao, Sales Director, Itron Australasia

"From across the region and beyond, SUANZ 2013 brought the industry together to discuss the lessons of the past, the issues of today, and the directions for tomorrow.  If I go to one conference for the sector in 2014, it'll be this one." Kristian Handberg, Percepscion Smart Energy, Australia

“The 11th Smart Utilities Australia & New Zealand event really proved to be the start of a new era in the Energy & Utilities sector, where the future focus of solutions will move towards the enablement of the energy consumer to participate and take responsible actions in energy management. In the exhibition area many different complementing technologies where showcased that will support utilities in building these new consumer enabled and more social environments. By harnessing the power of technology utility companies will be able to create the competitive advantage that is required in the near future.” Jeroen Hoebé, Country Manager, Ferranti, Singapore

“I found the Smart Utilities Australia & New Zealand 2013 conference and exhibition wonderful. It was great to interact and network with so many industry representatives. Also issues which were relevant to the needs of the industry were discussed. I found the conference extremely educative and the knowledge gained will assist me in improving future research and teaching activities. Great job putting it all together and CONGRATULATIONS to the organisers.” Prof. Akhtar Kalam, College of Engineering and Science, Victoria University, Australia

“I've found the Smart Utilities Australia & New Zealand conference to be the best place to get a true sense of the current thinking in distribution businesses: what they are worried about, what they are ready for, and what they are not. Attending regularly has been a good way to make and maintain contacts due to the balanced combination of technical and management personnel it attracts every year.” Geoff James, Renewable Energy Specialist, Electrical Energy Evolution, Australia

“It was interesting to be at a conference with both water and energy professionals. Although we should be looking for more opportunities to cross pollinate between the two industries.” Peter Prevos, Coliban Water, Australia

“Congratulations on the conference. I've thoroughly enjoyed the sessions I have attended and I have been most impressed with the conference generally, ranging from the venue, to the speakers to the topics covered. Well done!” Andrew Scheffer, Advisory Committee member, Smart Utilities Australia & New Zealand

“Great conference and networking opportunity. Caught up with the people I needed to meet and created new contacts at the same time. Smart Utilities provides the best concentration of industry professionals in the region.” Menkes Van den Briel, Senior Researcher, NICTA, Australia

“The 2013 Smart Utilities Australia & New Zealand conference encouraged some robust and much needed discussion about the direction of energy policy in the context of Australia’s uncertain and changing energy market. I look forward to reflecting on the year ahead at the 2014 conference” Craig Memery, Energy Consumer Advocate, Alternative Technology Association, Australia

“The many interesting speakers and topics kept me engaged and informed throughout the conference. The breaks gave me time to talk to exhibitors. A great combination.” David Prins, Principal Consultant, Etrog Consulting, Australia

“Smart Utilities Australia & New Zealand is a great platform for passionate people to share their success and experiences within the industry.” Michael Macfarlane, SmartNet & Customer Service Manager Strategy & Technology, Jemena, Australia

“Congratulations on an excellent conference.” Elizabeth Overend, Sustainable Energy Engineer, Strategic and Business Services, Power and Water Corporation, Australia

“Job well done. Congratulations.” Chris Oosthuizen, CFA, Manager Treasury, Group Advisory and Treasury, ActewAGL, Australia

 “It was a good event and opportunity to understand future changes in distribution, network and on demand side.” Milojko Crnkovic, Senior Network Planning Engineer, ElectraNet Pty Ltd, Australia

“Great information think tank.” Nicholas Knoetze, Product Development Manager, Thew & McCann Pty Ltd, Australia

“My first Smart Utilities ANZ Conference, but definitely not my last.” Che Lewis, Demand Response Analyst, Transpower, New Zealand

“Well run and very informative.” Mathew Olsson, Senior Project Manager, UGL, Australia

“An event where we get to meet a wide range of people involved in the Electricity, Water and, to some extent, the Telcom industry.” Russell Watson, Network Planning Manager, Northpower Limited, New Zealand

“Interesting, informative and engaging.” Georgia Burns, MEFL, Australia

“The 2013 Smart Utilities Australia & New Zealand conference provided a very well balanced program that brought together key industry representatives who provided substantial insights into current and future trends in the energy and water markets. This is a ''must attend" conference for utility businesses, industry groups and other market participants wanting to better position themselves to meet the challenges of Australia's changing energy future.” Andrew Blaver, Program Implementation Manager, Perth Solar City, Australia

"I found the conference to be a great way of sharing ideas and experiences, and I made several useful contacts that I believe will be useful in helping my company achieve its goals." Scott Davis, Project Manager, Distributed Generation Strategy, Horizon Power, Australia

“I found the event to be very informative for users of these new technologies. I was impressed with the amount of practical information on what and how one can use technology. Also I am very grateful for the broad-minded sharing of some hard learnt lessons by other users. The end users are not competitors, sharing know-how benefits us all.” Nenad Puljić, Network Manager, WEL Networks, New Zealand

“The conference to me was an aid to helping my team understand the current issues within the industry in NZ and Australia. Ideas on how to build systems and processes were discussed. Having industry vendors was a great help, a few of them I hadn't considered before and now have the contacts. I picked up one great idea and am making contact with the supplier to further this. A huge step forward for us.” Row Robinson, Project Delivery Manger – Energy Forecasting, Genesis Energy, New Zealand

“As usual, a well-run event – thanks to Daria and her team” Geoff Thorn, Manager Smart Networks Integration & Planning, SP-AusNet, Australia

 “Very good. Excellent insight into recent ‘smart’ activities.” John Haddow, Network Strategy Manager, ElectraNet Pty Ltd, Australia

“In the past few years, there has been greater recognition given to the importance of involving consumers in energy and water issues. The Productivity Commission has in 2008 and 2011 acknowledged the importance of consumer input in good policy outcomes. This was followed by the reform package of the Australian Energy Market Commission’s Power of Choice review and the recent release of guidelines on consumer engagement by the AEMC and the Australian Energy Regulator. The Consumer Utilities Advocacy Centre appreciated the opportunity to provide industry with consumer perspectives on engagement and look forward to future events of this kind.” Jo Benvenuti, Executive Officer, Consumer Utilities Advocacy Centre, Australia

“A wide audience with interests in Smart Grid, Smart Metering, water and enabling technologies such as telecommunications.  Interesting contention between Retailers, Networks and Consumer advocates on the optimization to deliver a positive Smart Metering and ensuring consumers are empowered with information and equity through tariff transparency with peak demand.  The trade show had a good range of vendors attending including meter of telemetry modem vendors to software solutions providers.” Marcus Tyle, Metering Specialist, Australia

“Good conference, relevant speakers and presentations.” Miguel Brandao, GE Energy, Australia

“I found the Smart Utilities Australia & New Zealand conference to be a great opportunity to learn and share knowledge about emerging trends in the Australian and NZ energy industry. The focus on smart meters and smart grids was of particular interest given changing regulatory requirements and business models.” Andrew Pirie, Consultant, Energeia, Australia

“Great event in both breadth and depth. Exceptional speakers.” Menkes van den Briel, Senior Researcher, NICTA, Australia

“Very good way of sharing ideas and receiving other utilities’ project updates.” Raksha Prasad, Business Analyst, City West Water, Australia

“Informative and good opportunities to network.” Zane Murray, Utilities Principal Consultant, Tait Communications, Australia

“Continues to be a great networking event.” Garry Peach, Strategy and Support Manager, Customer Centre, Water Corporation of Western Australia

“Smart Utilities Australia & New Zealand was a good show, by the people that visited our stand Steve and his team had certainly done a good effort to attract so many people that took smart and intelligent metering seriously. The solutions displayed at Smart Utilities Australia & New Zealand 2013 had the potential to revolutionise their organisation in terms of better management, increased revenue, and reduced costs. So if you are in the water, gas, electricity utility or related industry, and don’t want to miss out, then come to Australian Utility Week 2014 in Sydney.” Henk Büchner, Technical Manager, Shepelec Instrumentation, Australia

“The event was very meaningful and fruitful as a series of practical cases in smart grid in Australia & New Zealand was introduced by prominent speakers. It was also a good opportunity to meet many experts from all over the world. What a pity that I missed some good sessions as they ran in parallel.” Aram An, Project Manager, ISGAN Secretariat, Korea Smart Grid Institute (KSGI), South Korea

"Clarion Events' Smart Utilities Australia & New Zealand conference is rapidly becoming the go to event of the year for people working in or considering investment in the smart networks space.  The range of top level speakers from the companies who are leading developments in this emerging field is impressive and the wide range of subject streams provides a very informative and thought provoking few days for everyone." Rob Sweet, Project Manager - Smart Networks, WEL Networks Ltd., New Zealand

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