By - Jon Brown

U.S. Canada Cross-Border Energy Summit 2018
March 12-13, 2018 | Boston, MA

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Overview

The United States and Canada share the largest and most robust bilateral trading relationship in the world, with Canada acting as the single largest non-domestic supplier of energy to the U.S.  Both countries have been particularly active in the Northeast to advance the energy trade relationship, and are working to build new transmission ties to advance grid reliability and help meet anticipated capacity gaps and clean energy goals in New England.  The state of Massachusetts has even gone so far as to mandate legislation for utilities to contract for 1,200 MW of imported hydroelectricity, and other New England states are evaluating similar policies.

EUCI’s 4th Annual U.S./Canada Cross-Border Energy Trade Summit will examine New England’s generation portfolio and resource planning needs, evaluating the pros and cons of increased Canadian hydropower in the regions’ future power supply mix.  This collaborative, interactive forum will allow stakeholders to hear from — and engage with — key industry and policy-maker experts on best strategies to optimize future U.S./Canada cross-border energy trade and practices.   Discussions will focus on how to balance state-mandated procurements for Canadian hydropower with the often-conflicting needs of competitive market practices, environmental compliance, and economic growth in a cross-border energy context.

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
  • Identify investment and export opportunities for clean power and natural gas
  • Assess important policy updates and their implications for clean energy resource procurement
  • Review qualifications for Renewable and Clean Energy Credits in New England
  • Evaluate the outcome and results of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Generation RFP
  • Identify the dynamics of US/Canada natural gas trade and the role of gas in New England’s power mix
  • Review options for natural gas and LNG imports into New England
  • Discuss market structure initiatives to accommodate state clean energy goals, their design and objectives
    • Forward Clean Energy Market (“FCEM”)
    • Competitive Auctions with Subsidized Policy Resources (“CASPR”)
    • Integrating Markets and Public Policy (“IMAPP”)
  • 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

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 0.9 CEUs for this conference and 0.3 CEUs for the workshop.

 

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations and test cases will be used to present course information.

Requirements For Successful Completion Of Program

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

Agenda

Monday, March 12, 2018

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


8:30 – 9:45 a.m. :: Northeast Power Markets Outlook: Addressing the Capacity and Reliability Crunch

  • Long-term energy outlook for power and gas
  • Northeast power price outlook
    • Forecast of electricity and natural gas prices
    • Impact of fuel pricing on fuel mix
    • Potential pricing dynamics in deregulated Northeastern power markets
  • Nuclear and coal power plant retirements – is the Northeast facing a capacity crunch?
  • Impacts of low gas prices
  • Changes in production trends
  • Infrastructure shortage – need for new reliable capacity, fuel diversity and overcoming pipeline constraints
  • Constrained transmission – need for sizable investment?
  • Potential winter system deficiencies
  • Is there an optimal mix of fuels to power the region and meet the generation loss of retiring plants? What are the relative roles of…
    • Hydropower imports?
    • Natural gas?
    • Local vs. imported generation?
    • Offshore wind?
    • Solar and onshore wind?
  • Can Northeast markets meet RPS goals?

Paul Hibbard, Principal, Analysis Group

Heather Hunt, Executive Director, NESCOE

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:00 – 10:45 a.m. :: Canadian Initiatives and Energy Trade Projections

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 hydro 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


10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Clean Energy Policies, Renewable Energy Credits, & Procurement: Implications for Cross-Border Trade

  • Renewable energy and emission policies, regulation and compliance in the Northeast
    • States covered in New England Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) programs
      • Maine
      • Massachusetts
      • New Hampshire
      • Vermont
      • Rhode Island
      • Connecticut
    • Clean energy standards in addition to RPS
    • Carbon and zero emission goals and requirements in New England and New York
  • New England renewable energy credits (RECs) and clean energy credits (CECs)
    • What qualifies for a REC and CEC?
    • How does Canadian hydropower qualify?
  • Recent and upcoming state RFPs for renewable and clean energy
  • Legislative efforts for fuel diversity, grid resiliency, and balancing integration of renewables
  • Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) getting stronger – what does this mean for New England’s power mix?
  • Cross-border considerations
    • The potential to harmonize approaches for cross-border trading
    • Methods to improve accounting and qualification of energy sources into different markets
    • Methods to increase trading efficiency and ease of transactions

Christie Bradway, Manager – Renewable Power Contracts, Eversource Energy

Michael Judge, Director, Renewable and Alternative Energy Division, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Christopher Kearns, Chief – Program Development, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources

Mary Sotos, Deputy Commissioner – Energy Branch, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

12:00 – 1:15 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:15 – 2:45 p.m. :: Debrief of Results of Massachusetts Clean Energy Generation RFP

  • Overview of Clean Energy RFP process, bidding and selection of projects, and overall results
  • Evaluate ‘winning’ attributes of selected project in terms of economic and financial viability
  • Insights from developers who bid into the RFP and what they learned
  • Permitting challenges associated with projects
    • Scheduling difficulties for applicants obtaining permit packages prior to selection
    • Lessons learned from a federal permitting agency
    • Challenges with environmental impact statements (EIS) and presidential permits
  • What future opportunities may be on the horizon for new clean energy RFPs?

Moderator:

John Dalton, President, Power Advisory LLC

Panelists:

Cory Basil, Vice President – Development, EDF EN Canada (invited)

Joseph Rossignoli, Director – Business Development, National Grid

Daniel Belin, Director – Electric Transmission, Ecology & Environment

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

Paul Williamson, Development Manager, Apex Clean Energy

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break


3:45 – 5:00 p.m. :: Grid System Interconnection and Transmission for Clean Generation Projects

  • Overview of northeastern grid interconnections and transmission capacity
  • Prevalent interconnection and transmission capacity issues with HDVC interconnections over time
  • Addressing transmission capacity challenges for upcoming clean energy development
  • Transmission projects needed to interconnect clean energy projects for New England state mandated generation
    • Transmission development opportunities and strategies for the evolving offshore wind market
    • Development necessary to unlock onshore wind resources and connect to southern load centers
    • Strengthening cross-border transmission for increased Canadian hydropower imports
  • Project partnership opportunities for combined technologies
    • Onshore wind, hydropower and transmission
    • Offshore wind, transmission and storage
  • Submarine cable installation opportunities and challenges
  • Considerations for successful transmission development — finance, siting, and other best practices

Bill Babcock, Consultant, PA Consulting

Steve Conant, Partner and Project Manager, Anbaric Development Partners

Alan McBride, Director – Transmission Strategy & Services, ISO-NE

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. :: Networking Reception


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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


8:30 – 10:00  a.m. :: Evolving Markets with Public Policy – Market Structure Initiatives in New England to Accommodate State Clean Energy Goals

  • What are the impacts of long term contracts/state subsidies for renewables on wholesale capacity markets?
  • Key challenge: balancing markets with public policy
  • Initiatives to evolve capacity markets to incentivize renewables:
    • Forward Clean Energy Market (“FCEM”)
    • Competitive Auctions with Subsidized Policy Resources (“CASPR”)
    • Integrating Markets and Public Policy (“IMAPP”)
  • Design objectives and principles of FCEM, IMAPP, and CASPR
  • Lessons learned from the Ontario Independent System Operator – optimizing market design structures for renewables

Moderator:

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

Panelists:

Matt White, Chief Economist, ISO New England (ISO-NE)

Patrick Woodcock, Assistant Secretary of Energy, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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

Greg Cunningham, Vice President & Program Director – Clean Energy & Climate Change, Conservation Law Foundation (CLF)

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:00 – 11:45 a.m. :: Natural Gas: Cross-Border Trade, Market Dynamics, and Infrastructure Woes

  • Current natural gas market dynamics and pricing in the Northeast
  • US/Canada natural gas imports/exports
    • History of US and Canada natural gas trading
    • Evolving dynamics of US imports/exports of natural gas with Canada
    • Infrastructure necessary to facilitate future trade
  • What is the future of natural gas related energy trade between Canada and US?
  • Will the current trends of decreasing imports of Canadian natural gas continue?
  • How is the changing balance of cross-border gas trade impacting…
    • Infrastructure development in Canada and the US?
    • Market pricing in the near and long term?
  • How do LNG imports impact overall gas market dynamics and cross-border trade? How might LNG’s role evolve?
  • Why is it so d*** hard to site natural gas infrastructure?
    • What are impediments to siting pipelines in US and Canada, and how will that affect trade going forward?

Stephen Leahy, Vice President, Northeast Gas Association

Paul Hibbard, Principal, Analysis Group

Guillaume Brossard, Director – LNG Market Development, Énergir

Chico DaFonte, VP Regulated Infrastructure Development – Gas, Liberty Utilities

Workshop

Qualifying Cross-Border Energy Projects in the New England Capacity Market

Tuesday, March 13, 2017

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Workshop Registration

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. :: Workshop Timing

Overview

Capacity markets evolved within regional wholesale power markets as a market-based solution to ensure there are adequate resources on the grid to meet electricity demand at all times.  In a capacity market, the utility or electricity supplier is required to have enough resources to meet its customers’ demand, plus a reserve amount.  In New England, this Forward Capacity Market (FCM) function is administered and managed by the New England System Operator (ISO-NE).

New generation resources in New England must meet certain requirements to qualify for the FCM.  For US/Canada cross-border energy projects coming into New England, projects must jump through special hurdles to qualify as capacity and participate in the market auctions.  This workshop will provide attendees with a basic background and understanding of New England’s FCM, evaluating the special considerations and challenges facing US/Canada cross-border energy projects to qualify as capacity.  

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss basic functions of New England’s capacity markets and challenges for cross-border projects
  • Evaluate economic and pricing impacts of cross-border projects based on capacity market requirements
  • Evaluate elements of new generation/cross-border projects that will qualify for New England’s Forward Capacity Market (FCM)

Agenda

  1. Capacity Market Basics
    • History
    • Functions of a capacity market
    • Functions of a capacity resource
  2. Overview of New England’s Capacity Market
    • Types of resources involved
    • Forward Capacity Market (FCM)
    • Forward Capacity Market Auctions (FCas)
      • Grid reliability
      • Market-based measurement for cost of new entry
  3. How New England’s Forward Capacity Market (FCM) works
    • Resource types and qualifications
    • Capacity commitment period
    • Forward capacity market process
    • Capacity payments and obligations
    • Total amount procured
  4. Capacity Market Trade and Coordination Dynamics – Impacts to Project Value
  5. Qualifying Cross-Border Projects for New England Capacity
    • Requirements for resources
    • Financial assurance
    • Regulatory challenges for cross-border project capacity qualification

Instructor

Bill Babcock, Managing Consultant, PA Consulting Group

Bill Babcock has more than 30 years’ experience in consulting and economic research for clients in the energy industry.  He has conducted a wide variety of strategic planning studies, market and technology assessments, as well as financial analyses for both private and public sector clients in all segments of the energy industry, including electricity, oil, natural gas, coal, and renewable resources. For the last 20 years, he has used nodal electricity market models to value generation and transmission assets and conduct detailed cost benefit analyses for a broad range of electric industry clients in North America, including merchant generators, large investor-owned electric utilities, energy service companies, public power companies, ISO/RTOs, energy trade associations, and financial institutions. Mr. Babcock’s current work focus is helping power organizations successfully meet the business challenges created by the radical changes taking place in the electric power and fuels markets. During the past five years, he has provided expert market support on generation asset transactions totaling more than $15 billion.

Speakers

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

Cory Basil, Vice President – Development, EDF EN Canada (invited)

Daniel Belin, Director – Electric Transmission, Ecology & Environment

Christie Bradway, Manager – Renewable Power Contracts, Eversource Energy

Guillaume Brossard, Director – LNG Market Development, Énergir

Steve Conant, Partner and Project Manager, Anbaric Development Partners

Greg Cunningham, Vice President & Program Director – Clean Energy & Climate Change, Conservation Law Foundation (CLF)

Chico DaFonte, VP Regulated Infrastructure Development – Gas, Liberty Utilities

John Dalton, President, Power Advisory LLC

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

Paul Hibbard, Principal, Analysis Group

Heather Hunt, Executive Director, NESCOE

Christopher Kearns, Chief – Program Development, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources

Stephen Leahy, Vice President, Northeast Gas Association

Alan McBride, Director – Transmission Strategy & Services, ISO-NE (invited)

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

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

Francis Pullaro, Executive Director, RENEW Northeast

Joseph Rossignoli, Director – Business Development, National Grid

Mary Sotos, Deputy Commissioner – Energy Branch, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Paul Williamson, Development Manager, Apex Clean Energy

Patrick Woodcock, Assistant Secretary of Energy, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Location

Hyatt Regency Cambridge
575 Memorial Dr
Cambridge, MA 02139

To reserve your room, please call 1-617-492-1234
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.

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Room Rate:

The room rate is $189.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of March 11 – 12, 2018.

Rate Available Until:

Make your reservations prior to February 23, 2018. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.

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