Isolated island power systems are experiencing unprecedented demands for the connection of solar PV. This is currently seen as a threat to traditional utility models. As costs of renewable energy are decreasing, there is increasing complexity in the integration and the economics surrounding this. The realisation of existing investments in networks and generators is often shaping the discussions and way forward. The presentation will discuss the impact of disruptive technologies on islanded systems. Laurie Curro holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from WAIT (now Curtin University) and a Master of Engineering Science (UWA) as well as Graduate Diploma Technology Management (Deakin). He has over 30 years’ experience working in the Power Transmission and Distribution industry, with particular interest in distribution and power system planning, distribution design, distribution reliability power quality, system operations and maintenance and smart grid planning. He has also established and managed a distribution control and fault management centre. Laurie is currently General Manager Power System Services at Horizon Power. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.