This conference will explore the impacts of new climate policies and programs being implemented in Alberta and Saskatchewan to help the provinces reach their 2030 renewable generation targets, specifically:
The Climate Leadership Plan and Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program (REP) currently being designed by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) to obtain 30% renewables
Saskatchewan’s 50% renewable portfolio standard by 2030.
This conference is designed for utilities, independent power producers, and other entities subject to these programs as they consider preparation strategies and adjustments to reduce the impact of power generation on climate change. It will draw on the expertise of industry professionals and experts working in the space to discuss strategies for optimizing compliance, and evaluate the various methods and resources necessary to generate a reliable and low carbon supply mix for Alberta and Saskatchewan. The program will also assess the impacts and preparation strategies for the incumbent power industry, as well as examine new renewable development and environmental market opportunities resulting from the provincial carbon and renewable policy regimes.
Discuss how existing offsets and renewable energy credits (RECs) may be transitioned under new policy regimes
Evaluate updates and implications of new climate and renewable policies and programs in Alberta and Saskatchewan
Assess carbon business risks on assets, operations, and short and long-term fuel choice
Identify pathways for pro-active and reasonable carbon risk management
Evaluate opportunities to capitalize on emerging offset markets
Review opportunities for low-carbon coal generation through wood pellet co-firing
Identify engineering techniques for modifications and conversions for wood pellet co-firing in coal plants
Analyze the policy landscape for new renewable development in Alberta and Saskatchewan
Evaluate an optimal future resource mix for Alberta and Saskatchewan
Review technology-specific market trends for wind, solar, and energy storage
Review business perspectives on the renewable development market and associated financing structures needed
Assess how Alberta and Saskatchewan can strategize for increased renewable generation on the electric grid
Identify best practices for collaborating with First Nations and cultivating development partnerships
Assess practical tips for consultation and relationship lessons for Aboriginal consultation
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.
Monday, September 26, 2016
12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Registration
1:00 – 1:05 p.m. :: Overview and Welcome
I. Setting the Stage
2:15 – 2:30 p.m. :: Afternoon Break
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast
II. Wood Pellet Co-Firing Opportunities: Low-Carbon Coal Generation
9:20 – 9:35 a.m. :: Morning Break
III. Renewable Development and Integration
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. :: Group Luncheon
3:30 – 3:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break
5:30 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns
Alberta Power Markets 101
Monday, September 26, 2016
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 — 11:45 a.m. :: Workshop Timing
Alberta’s decision to phase out its coal-fired power plants will require that up to 30% of energy originate from renewable energy, and that over 5000 MWs of gas-fired generation will be constructed in the province. This workshop will explain the fundamentals of Alberta’s power market for new entrants into that market, providing context to its unique structure of combined competitive and regulated businesses. Attendees will gain a holistic understanding of Alberta’s wholesale market: its history and why it is designed as it is, key players and groups involved, and its overall functional and operational structure. The workshop will also consider how new policies currently under development — specifically, the Climate Leadership Plan and Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program (REP) being designed by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) — will fit within Alberta’s power market, or could potentially impact its structure and operations. This program will be beneficial to those who are new to Alberta’s electricity industry and assessing the business opportunities and the associated risks involved, as well as those who are already participating in the Alberta market but who would like more perspective and clarity on how it all works in Alberta.
Review the history and operational structure of Alberta’s power market
Identify key regulatory and industry agencies, regimes and protocols
Review the functions and operations of Alberta’s wholesale market and electric grid
Discuss business, financial, regulatory and legal considerations for developing new electricity projects in Alberta
Evaluate implications of emerging environmental policies within the context of Alberta’s power market structure
I.History of Alberta’s Energy Market
III.The Renewable Energy Opportunity in Alberta
Kent Howie, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG)
Kent Howie is a lawyer and a chartered accountant who began his career as a tax lawyer, but who now practices corporate commercial law in the firm’s Calgary office. He acts for a broad range of clients in the energy and electricity sectors, with a particular focus on the development of new, or the acquisition of existing, energy and electricity projects. Mr. Howie has experience advising clients on legal matters related to liquefied natural gas, oil sands, natural gas storage, refinery/upgrader, pipeline and offshore oil projects. He has also acted as lead counsel with respect to a number of electricity projects, including large hydro, coal, natural gas, solar, wind and geothermal projects in various parts of Canada.
Paula McGarrigle, Managing Director, Solas Energy Consulting, Inc.
Paula McGarrigle is a Managing Director at Solas Energy Consulting. She has more than 20 years of experience in the energy sector in North America. The majority of her experience has been in the renewable energy sector. She is the co-founder of Solas Energy Consulting. Her experience includes project development, climate change, business development, and strategic planning. Ms. McGarrigle was previously the head of Shell Wind Energy for Canada, and started the Suncor Alternative and Renewable Energy group. She is a member of APEGA and the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and the Canadian Solar Industry Association. She was invited by the British High Commission to work on sustainability as part of the 2002 G8 summit, and has been a participant in the National Roundtable on Energy and the Environment (NRTEE).
Kris Aksomitis, Director, Power Advisory LLC
Dan Balaban, President & CEO, Greengate Power Corporation
Patrick Bateman, Director of Market Intelligence & Research, Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA)