U.S./Canada Cross-Border Energy Trade Summit 2017
March 1-2, 2017
Boston, MA

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Overview

The United States and Canada form the largest integrated energy market in the world, operating on more than 50 grid connections of transmission wires and pipelines.  Energy trade helps maintain the stability of power grids that span both countries, and provides economic and reliability benefits for the entire region. Canada is the single largest non-domestic supplier of energy to the U.S., and is a net exporter of electric power, natural gas and petroleum to the U.S.  Particularly in the Northeast, both countries are actively seeking opportunities to increase trade through new transmission ties to advance flexibility, reliability, and meet anticipated capacity gaps and clean energy goals in New England through Canada’s vast hydropower resources.  However, not all interests are convinced that increased Canadian energy imports are a good thing, raising concerns about negative impacts to competitive U.S. energy markets, electricity rates, the local economy, and siting/environmental issues.

EUCI’s 3rd Annual U.S./Canada Cross-Border Energy Trade Summit will look at the state of energy trade in the Northeast, focusing on recent and proposed cross-border transmission projects for power and natural gas.  Industry and policymaker experts will evaluate the complex process of facilitating increased energy transactions, with emphases on the related intricate planning, multi-party cooperation, and associated regulatory, technical, and financial issues.  Panel discussions will evaluate the role of Canadian imports for an optimal future resource mix in the Northeast, debating how to balance the often-competing needs of competitive markets, energy security and diversity, environmental compliance, and economic growth in an increased cross-border energy future.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the state of Northeastern energy markets and resource planning needs
  • Assess anticipated capacity gaps and impacts on market fuel prices
  • Recognize Canadian initiatives, proposals, and supported projects for cross-border energy trade
  • Evaluate the pros and cons for increased cross-border trade to meet New England clean energy goals and anticipated capacity gaps
  • Assess important policy updates and their implications for resource procurement
  • Discuss NEPOOL’s Integrating Markets and Public Policy (“IMAPP”) process for evolving capacity markets to incentivize renewables
  • Identify investment and export opportunities for clean power and natural gas
  • Review transmission and project options to bring clean power to New England
  • Evaluate financing, siting, and successful development requirements for proposed transmission projects
  • Discuss the status of northeastern grid interconnection and its relationship to siting and scheduling of new project development
  • Review options for natural gas and LNG imports into New England

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.

 

Requirements For Successful Completion Of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, and panel discussions will be used in this program.

Agenda

March 1, 2017

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. :: Keynote Address: Creating a Clean, Reliable Energy Future in the Northeast

Will Hazelip, Vice President – US Business Development, National Grid

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. :: The State of Northeastern Energy Markets & Resource Planning: Forging a Clean Energy Future
  • Meeting regional goals for clean energy/carbon reduction power
  • Environmental compliance requirements and challenges for the power industry
  • Implications of losing nuclear and coal – scenarios and pathways to address capacity gaps
  • Northeast power price outlook
  • Infrastructure shortage – need for new reliable capacity, fuel diversity and overcoming pipeline constraints
  • Constrained transmission – need for sizable investment

Moderator: Julia Frayer, Managing Director, London Economics LLC

Carolyn O’Connor, Director, External Affairs and Communications, Hydro Quebec US

Paul Hibbard, Vice President, Analysis Group

10:00– 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. :: Canadian Initiatives and Energy Trade Projects

This session will discuss how the U.S. and Canada can continue to expand cross-border energy trade in mutually beneficial partnerships.  It will address how Canadian energy exports can help the northeastern U.S. solve anticipated capacity gaps and meet regional clean energy goals.  

David Alward, Consul General, Consulate General of Canada in New England, Boston

11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. :: Important Policy Updates: Implications for Procurement & New England’s Future Resource Mix

In August 2016, Massachusetts Governor Baker signed a comprehensive energy diversity regulation in an An Act Relative to Energy Diversity (H. 4568) requiring utilities to competitively solicit and contract for approximately 1,200 MW of clean energy generation — baseload hydropower, onshore wind and solar supported by hydropower, standalone onshore wind, solar, or other Class I renewable resources.  In addition, the legislation calls for procurement of 1,600 MW of offshore wind.  This session will explore various implications and perspectives of the bill and other important policy developments with regard to:

  • New England cross-border procurement and regional resource planning
  • Developing an optimal fuel mix aligned with the legislation
  • Anticipated 2017 Request for Proposal (RFP) from MA and other New England states
  • Impacts and concerns for competitive energy markets and local generators
  • Impacts to current renewable energy credit (REC) markets and market dynamics
  • Mechanisms for large-scale clean energy procurements
  • Offshore wind market opportunities

Moderator: Jason Chee-Aloy, Managing Director, Power Advisory LLC

Ned Bartlett, Undersecretary – Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Christie Bradway, Manager – Renewable Power Contracts, Eversource Energy

Dan Dolan, President, New England Power Generators Association (NEPGA)

Aleksander Mitreski, Senior Director – Regulatory Affairs East, Brookfield Renewable Energy

12:20 – 1:20 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:20 – 2:45 p.m. :: Integrating Markets and Public Policy (“IMAPP”): Evolving Capacity Markets to Incentivize Renewables

NEPOOL initiated a stakeholder process — Integrating Markets and Public Policy (IMAPP) — to identify and explore potential changes in the wholesale power market that could be implemented to advance state public policy objectives in New England.   Some believe evolving wholesale power operations in such a manner would be a better way to achieve clean energy and carbon reduction goals, as opposed to state-mandated, technology specific long-term procurements.   This session will explore various policy and industry perspectives on the IMAPP process, discussing:

  • Introduction and overview of IMAPP process
  • How can capacity markets evolve to incentivize the entry of renewable markets not otherwise triggered by market forces?
  • How can markets give a distinct competitive advantage in both energy and capacity markets, but still maintain competition?
  • What would a forward clean energy capacity market look like?

Moderator: David O’Connor, Vice President & Consultant, ML Strategies

Heather Hunt, Executive Director, New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE)

Greg Jones, General Manager – Energy Marketing, Nalcor Energy

Tim Brennan, Director – Regulatory Strategy, National Grid

Joel Gordon, Director – Market Policy, PSEG Power Connecticut, LLC

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:00 – 4:20 p.m. :: Transmission & Project Options to Bring Clean Power into New England

This session will describe, evaluate, and compare transmission projects — both approved and proposed for development — to deliver new clean generation into the northeastern U.S.  The session will evaluate the different concepts for the projects and the associated benefits and challenges of each.  It will also relate the projects to specific regional clean energy goals and procurement mechanisms to assess eligibility and overall project viability.

Moderator: Peter Brown, Of Counsel, Preti Flaherty

Will Hazelip, Vice President – US Business Development, National Grid

Donald Jessome, CEO, Transmission Developers Inc (TDI)

Robin McAdam, Executive Vice President, Nova Scotia Power (Emera)

4:20 – 5:15 p.m. :: Future Wind Markets in Northeastern U.S. and Canada
  • Establishing partnerships for wind generation with hydropower and transmission projects
  • Transmission development necessary to unlock northern wind resources and connect to southern load centers
  • Opportunities offered by northeast electricity markets for Canadian wind projects

John Dalton, President, Power Advisory LLC

Philip Duguay, Vice President, Anbaric Transmission LLC


March 2, 2017

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:45 a.m. :: Optimizing Northeastern Grid Interconnection & Queue Processes

This session will give an overview of the Northeast’s current grid interconnections, identifying prevalent interconnection and transmission capacity issues.  It will then explore how the status of the current grid relates to considerations for new project development and the scheduling of projects in the queue, evaluating how system operators can optimally collaborate for an efficient queue process.

Francis Pullaro, Executive Director, RENEW Northeast

Paul Hibbard, Vice President, Analysis Group

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:00 – 11:45 a.m. :: Northeastern Natural Gas Import/Export Options: Pipelines and LNG

Moderator: Stephen Leahy, Vice President, Northeast Gas Association (NGA)

Cynthia Armstrong, Director – Marketing and Business Development, PNGTS Operating Co

Guillaume Brossard, Director – LNG Market Development, Gaz Métro

Greg Cunningham, Vice President & Program Director, Conservation Law Foundation (CLF)

Joe Dalton, Director – Government and Regulatory Affairs, ENGIE

11:45 a.m. :: Conference adjourns

Workshop

Clean Energy Procurement Mechanisms

March 2, 2016

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Registration

1:00 – 4:15 p.m. :: Workshop Timing

Overview

Increasingly in the Northeast, utilities, load-serving entities, (LSE’s), retail electric providers (REPs) and transmission and project developers are engaging in competitive bidding practices for clean energy resource procurement.  Competitive bidding for clean energy procurement is a common and essential element for satisfying compliance with RPS and other mandates.  It is a process where entities will issue requests for proposals (RFPs) and related instruments for the purchase of renewable energy, renewable energy certificates (RECs) and associated assets. 

This workshop is designed for professionals on both the buy and sell side to better understand the process of competitive resource procurement, and to think strategically about how to prepare, design, and respond to RFPs to yield optimal results.

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate the role of competitive bidding for energy procurement and policy compliance
  • Discuss mechanics of energy procurement and key contractual items
  • Understand how to connect your solicitation to state and regional clean energy goals

Agenda

  1. Types of Energy Procurement
    1. Who’s doing what?
    2. Variations in structure, proposal and method for determining the winning bid
  2. Mechanics of Energy Procurement
  • Best Practices in the Request for Proposal (RFP) Process
    1. Preparing and designing renewable energy credit (REC) RFP procurements
    2. Evaluation of bids and submission/awarding of RFP bid proposals
    3. Negotiation, execution and management of purchase agreements
  1. Connecting Your Solicitation to Regional Clean Energy Goals
    1. How states decide to procure
    2. Impact of procurement on state run programs
    3. Regional policy incentives to promote clean energy and regulatory measures
  2. Resource-Specific Considerations for Procurement and Transmission
    1. Hydropower
    2. Offshore wind
    3. Terrestrial wind
    4. Solar

Instructor

Daniel E. Peaco, Chair and Principal Consultant, Daymark Energy Advisors

Daniel Peaco has 35 years of experience performing policy and planning analysis, as well as advising decision-makers in the electric industry. He also provides expert witness testimony in  public policy proceedings. His principal practice areas include integrated resource planning, transmission and non-transmission alternatives, generation asset valuation and strategic planning.  Mr. Peaco joined Daymark Energy Advisors in 1996. He served as president from 2002 to 2015 and as chairman since 2002. Before joining Daymark, he held management and planning positions in power supply planning at Central Maine Power, CMP International Consultants, Pacific Gas & Electric and the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Council.  Mr. Peaco has an M.S. in engineering sciences, resource systems and policy design from Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, and a B.S. in civil engineering, water resource systems from MIT.

Speakers

David Alward, Consul General, Consulate General of Canada in New England, Boston

Cynthia Armstrong, Director – Marketing and Business Development, PNGTS Operating Co

Ned Bartlett, Undersecretary – Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Christie Bradway, Manager – Renewable Power Contracts, Eversource Energy

Tim Brennan, Director – Regulatory Strategy, National Grid

Guillaume Brossard, Director – LNG Market Development, Gaz Métro

Peter Brown, Of Counsel, Preti Flaherty

Jason Chee-Aloy, Managing Director, Power Advisory LLC

Greg Cunningham, Vice President & Program Director, Conservation Law Foundation (CLF)

Joe Dalton, Director – Government and Regulatory Affairs, ENGIE

John Dalton, President, Power Advisory LLC

Dan Dolan, President, New England Power Generators Association (NEPGA)

Philip Duguay, Vice President, Anbaric Transmission LLC

Julia Frayer, Managing Director, London Economics LLC

Joel Gordon, Director – Market Policy, PSEG Power Connecticut, LLC

Donald Jessome, CEO, Transmission Developers Inc (TDI)

Will Hazelip, Vice President – US Business Development, National Grid

Paul Hibbard, Vice President, Analysis Group

Heather Hunt, Executive Director, New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE)

Greg Jones, General Manager – Energy Marketing, Nalcor Energy

Stephen Leahy, Vice President, Northeast Gas Association (NGA)

Robin McAdam, Executive Vice President, Nova Scotia Power (Emera)

Aleksander Mitreski, Senior Director – Regulatory Affairs East, Brookfield Renewable Energy

Carolyn O’Connor, Director, External Affairs and Communications, Hydro Quebec US

David O’Connor, Vice President & Consultant, ML Strategies

Francis Pullaro, Executive Director, RENEW Northeast

Location

Hyatt Regency Boston
One Avenue de Lafayette
Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 02111

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Room Rate:

The room rate is $179.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of February 28 – March 1, 2017.

Rate Available Until:

Make your reservations prior to February 14, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.

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