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9th BC Power Summit

Dear Colleagues:

B.C.’s rapidly evolving energy landscape ensures it is and will remain a central point of focus for government, companies and customers alike. In the past year, the provincial government has shared its goals of accelerating the development of B.C.’s natural gas resources through the announcement of its LNG and other natural gas strategies. At the same time, the new provincial requirements for BC Hydro’s electricity self-sustainability ensure that electricity and power generation issues remain of interest to British Columbians.

Since the last B.C. Power Summit in 2013, natural gas has increasingly been considered an option for power generation and is fast becoming a fuel of choice for the transportation industry. Meeting B.C.’s future needs is a concrete requirement and doing so sustainably and economically will not only be a key challenge but also an opportunity.

Integrated resource planning for cost-effective expansion provides certainty for the future. Holding a place in B.C.’s energy mix, energy efficiency and conservation remains one of the most promising opportunities on the energy landscape as a key alternative to supply-side resources. We must also look at development across B.C., focusing on development of opportunities and sources of capital for First Nations participation in the energy sector.

The speakers at the B.C. Power Summit have all played a leading role in these issues and are well-positioned to offer valuable insight into each of them. Conference attendees will have opportunities to pose questions and engage in informal discussions during the event. All attendees will be provided with conference materials prepared by the speakers.

This conference is a unique opportunity to gain information valuable to your business on an element of strategic importance not only to the provincial economy but to British Columbians’ quality of life.

Executives and managers of energy utilities, significant energy-consumers, IPPs, First Nations and power marketers, will all find this Insight’s 9th B.C. Power Summit invaluable, as will lawyers, consultants, government employees and regulators.

We invite you all to attend!

Co-Chairs of the Conference

Doug Stout
Vice President, Energy Solutions and External Relations
FortisBC

Paul Wilson
Partner
Fasken Martineau, LLP

Conference highlights:

Important and thought-provoking questions will be addressed in this comprehensive two day event that is designed to provide an up-to-date insight into the factors that drive the BC and North American electricity markets. Network with your peers and hear about:

  • Power supply outlook for LNG and other industrial projects – the real demand and how to meet it
  • What are the options for gas fired generation beyond LNG projects
  • The way forward for LNG and tariff policy
  • The future of electricity rates – reasonable rate options for all customers
  • The importance of independent and transparent regulation
  • What does the future hold for the IPP industry in BC?
  • Costs of accommodating intermittent renewables
  • Micro grids – what are the implications for consumers and for the utilities?
  • Cumulative impacts of major power projects
  • Building positive partnerships with communities, First Nations and stakeholders
  • Providing electricity to remote communities – solutions to explore
  • What does the future hold for residential and commercial consumers?
  • Demand-side management (DSM) programs – gas and electric utilities
  • 2020 vision for a more energy efficient future

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

The program will have most direct appeal to:

  • Executives and Managers from:
    • Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Users of Electricity
    • Electric Utilities
    • Power Aggregators, Marketers and Brokers
    • Electrical Equipment Manufacturers
    • Independent Power Generators and Service Companies
  • Energy Lawyers, Advisors and Consultants
  • Investors and Financial Officers
  • Regulators and Officials from Federal, Provincial and Local Government Bodies
  • Experts, Officials and Representatives of Interest Groups in Environment, Resources and Economic Development
Doug Stout (Co-chair)
Vice President, Energy Solutions and External Relations
FORTIS BC
Paul Wilson (Co-chair)
Partner
Fasken Martineau
Peter Asmus
Principal Research Analyst
Navigant Research
Peter Asmus is a Principal Research Analyst contributing to Pike Research’s Smart Energy and Smart Utilities practices, with a focus on renewable energy sources such as wind power, solar energy and marine hydrokinetics as well as emerging energy distribution, integration and optimization smart grid models such as microgrids and virtual power plants. Asmus has over 25 years of experience in energy and environmental markets, as an analyst, writer, and consultant. Asmus is the author of four books covering key energy market issues: Reaping the Wind, Introduction to Energy in California, Reinventing Electric Utilities, and In Search of Environmental Excellence. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and he is quoted regularly in major publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, and Reuters. Prior to joining Pike Research, Asmus was president of Pathfinder Communications, and among his private sector consulting clients were the following companies: General Electric; Clipper Wind, Green Mountain Energy, SunPower, and BP Alternative Energy. His governmental clients included the California Independent System Operator, California Energy Commission, California Air Resources Board, California State Joint Committee on Energy Regulation and the Environment and the Local Government Commission. Other public interest and trade association clients include Businesses for Social Responsibility, Governor’s Wind Energy Coalition, American Wind Energy Association, Independent Energy Producers, Center for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Technologies, Natural Resources Defense Council, Union of Concerned Scientists, Global Greens, Future 500 and National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates.
Honourable Bill Bennett
BC Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review
Bill Bennett was re-elected to a fourth term as MLA for Kootenay East in 2013 and was appointed Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review June 10, 2013. He previously served as Minister for Community Sport and Cultural Development, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Minister of Community and Rural Development, Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, and Minister of State for Mining. Bennett has chaired the BC Legislative Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, and chaired the BC Legislative Special Committee on Cosmetic Pesticides. He has been a member of various legislative committees and government committees, particularly focused on land use and natural resource issues. Before being elected, Bennett was a partner in a law firm in Cranbrook. He also owned and operated fly-in wilderness fishing and hunting lodges in the Northwest Territories and Manitoba.
David Craig
Executive Director
Commercial Energy Consumers (CEC) Association
David Craig is a senior management consultant with experience over 40 years in the energy sector. He has been doing independent management consultant since 1995 and is President of his own consulting business, Consolidated Management Consultants Ltd. For the past 12 years David has been the Executive Director of the Commercial Energy Consumers Association of BC. In this role he has played an integral part in the BC Utilities Commission rate regulatory processes for the BC Hydro Power and Authority and FortisBC Energy Inc. David is currently a Vice President of the BC Advanced Conservation and Efficiency Association. He is also the current Policy Chair for the BC Chamber of Commerce Policy Review Committee. David has been a member of the BC Hydro Technical Advisory Committee for the BC Hydro’s Integrated Resource Planning process. He is also a member of the FortisBC Long Term Resource Planning Advisory Group. He has been a member of the BC Hydro Energy Conservation and Efficiency Committee and the FortisBC Energy Efficiency & Conservation Advisory Group. David holds a Bachelor Degree in Applied Science in Industrial Engineering and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. David has over 40 years experience as an executive, officer, and member of the Boards of Directors of TSX publicly traded corporations, public institutions, private companies and non-profit organizations including holding positions as President, Secretary/Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair, and Audit Committee Chair.
Pieter van Gils
Principal, Headwater Capital
Vice-Chair of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance
Pieter van Gils is principal of Headwater Capital Consulting. Headwater Capital Consulting works with First Nation councils, economic development corporations, Aboriginal Capital Corporations, First Nation-owned enterprises and ventures jointly owned by First Nations and industry partners. Headwater Capital provides these organizations with informed advice so they can make strategic decisions. Specific services offered include: negotiation; sourcing capital; financial analysis; industry partner selection and business planning. Prior to founding the consultancy, Pieter was Managing Director of Ecotrust Canada Capital, the investment arm of Ecotrust Canada, a community development organization. Pieter came to Ecotrust after working as Investment Manager at Vancity Capital Corporation.
Nick Hawley
Director, Koho Power Corporation
Nick Hawley is a director of Koho Power Corp and of Tada Films, he also runs his own consulting company and sailing school. In 2006 while with BC Hydro Nick was seconded to the World Economic Forum’s Energy Poverty Action initiative where he worked with the World Bank and others to develop a replicable, scaleable means of providing electricity to large parts of sub-Saharan Africa. The first project was completed in Lesotho in 2013. Nick Hawley studied mechanical engineering in the UK and started out in industrial engineering, designing automation systems for the manufacturing industry. He then moved to New Zealand where he worked for the National Electricity utility as the group mechanical / electrical engineer for the 15 hydro power plant in the South Island. Nick lead a team of engineers whose role was to support the operational managers and ensure that investment in the plant was optimised for safety and efficiency. In 1990 Nick moved to Vancouver, Canada and joined the IPP – Synex Energy, working on various hydro power plant design/construct projects. For 18 years (until July 2011) he worked in the Engineering, Facilities Maintenance, Construction and Distribution business units of BC Hydro. He was the Senior Maintenance Engineer for 19 generating stations, leading a team of over 50 trades and management staff. In 2005 he negotiated with the Provincial and federal governments to establish the Remote Community Electrification program. He then lead the RCE team for 7 years before leaving BC Hydro and founding Koho Power with five other partners. The RCE program provided, low cost, reliable, off grid electricity systems for remote communities in BC, this is also Koho’s aim.
Gwen Johansson
Mayor, District of Hudson’s Hope
Gwen Johansson has been involved in community and energy issues at the local, regional and provincial level. On the electricity side, she has been a BC Hydro Director, a BC Energy Council member, and chair of BC Hydro’s Peace Williston Advisory Committee. On the natural gas side, she co-chaired the Northeast Energy & Mines Advisory Committee along with a member of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers; was a founding member of the Northeast Oil & Gas Health Advisory Committee and president of a landowner group dealing with industrial development on private land. Ms Johansson was a Hudson’s Hope councilor for many years and presently serves as Mayor. She also chairs the Water Sustainability Committee of the Peace River Regional District. Ms Johansson received a Bachelor of Education from UBC and a Master of Science (Policy & Management) from the University of Oregon.
Dr. Paul Kariya
Executive Director
Clean Energy BC
Paul Kariya is Executive Director of Clean Energy BC (formerly the Independent Power Producers Association of BC). Prior to this he was Executive Director of Pacific Salmon Foundation. Kariya has also worked in the public sector both federally and provincially. He was CEO of the provincial crown corporation, Fisheries Renewal BC and Executive Director of the BC Treaty Commission, which was established by Canada, BC and First Nations. Paul holds a BA (Hon) from UBC and a MA and PhD from Clark University in Massachusetts. He is an adjunct faculty member at Trinity Western University. Paul serves on a number of boards and commissions, including A Rocha International (Christians in Conservation) and National Nikkei Museum and Heritage Centre. Between 2005 – 2010 Paul was a Commissioner representing Canada on the Pacific Salmon Commission.
Kelly S. Lail
Vice President
Capital Power Corporation
Doug Little
Vice-President of Energy Planning and Economic Development
BC Hydro
Member of the Board of Directors of the Energy Council of Canada
333 Dunsmuir Street Telephone: 604 623 4088 Vancouver, BC Fax: 604 623 4335 V6B 5R3 www.bchydro.com Doug Little Vice President, Energy Planning & Economic Development BC Hydro Doug Little is the Vice-President of Energy Planning and Economic Development for BC Hydro in Vancouver, British Columbia. With over 20 years experience in areas of energy policy development, electricity markets, open access transmission and electricity trading Doug is an experienced and relied-upon leader in the energy industry. Doug has been a significant contributor in developing and achieving some of B.C.’s key energy objectives including creating commercial arrangements to extend electricity supply into new areas of the province. Doug is responsible for BC Hydro’s long-term Integrated Resource Plan to meet B.C.’s electricity needs in the coming decades, which was approved by the government in November 2013. Doug is also responsible for BC Hydro’s load forecasting and energy procurement activities, and leads the company’s extensive interaction with the emerging LNG industry in B.C. Previously, Doug was Vice-President of Customer and Strategy Development with the BC Transmission Corp. for five years. From 1993 to 2005 Doug was part of the team at Powerex and was appointed Vice-President of Trade Policy and Development in 1998 and went on to also lead the Marketing and Contracts groups. Doug completed his B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering and his MBA at the University of British Columbia.
Tribal Chief Liz Logan
Treaty 8 British Columbia
Fort Nelson First Nation
Liz Logan is a Dene woman from the Fort Nelson First Nation. Liz was educated in the health, business management and administration fields. Having worked extensively in these areas for over 25 years, she returned to her community in 1998. This varied background assists Liz in the many facets and challenges facing her people. Liz is a descendent of Chief Jimmie Badine who signed the Fort Nelson First Nation adhesion to Treaty #8. She has continued in her ancestor’s path in her beliefs that the promises made in that Treaty are to be honoured, for the good of her people today, and for those yet to be born. She was first elected in 1998 as Chief of the Fort Nelson First Nation and was re-elected to four terms, and her last term was from August 2006 to August 2008. She is the Tribal Chief of Treaty 8 Tribal Association, with delegated authority from the Council of Treaty 8 Chiefs, on matters related to negotiations with the Province of BC, some major projects proposed through Treaty 8 Territory, and meetings with senior government officials and industry representatives. In her role as Tribal Chief, she serves as the political spokesperson, negotiator, chair and advisor to the Council of Treaty 8 Chiefs. Liz’s hard work on behalf of her people was recognized by being nominated and winning the Aboriginal Woman of the Year Aurora Award of Distinction at the 2006 Northern Women’s Symposium. Several years ago she was profiled on the Aboriginal People’s Network television show called Venturing Forth. In December 2011, the Northern Rockies Aboriginal Women Society awarded Liz with the Most Dedicated Aboriginal Leader Award.
Joe Mazza
Director, Resource Development
FortisBC Utilities
Joe Mazza is the Director of Resource Development at FortisBC. He has responsibility for the development of major infrastructure projects and resources. Mr. Mazza was previously the General Manager of Transmission, and he has held several senior management positions since joining FortisBC in 2002. Prior to joining FortisBC, Joe was a process Engineer for Fluor Canada, and worked in various production and process engineering capacities for Husky Energy. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and an MBA in Executive Management from Royal Roads University.
Tim Newton
Member
Industrial Electricity Policy Review Task Force
Dave Porter
Chief Executive
British Columbia First Nations Energy and Mining Council
Mr. Porter is a member of the Kaska Nation whose traditional territory covers a large part of north-eastern British Columbia and south-eastern Yukon. His career includes journalism, politics, communications and extensive public service on behalf of aboriginal organizations as well as public governments in the Yukon, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. Mr. Porter spent the first seven years of his life on a trapline near Good Hope Lake, B.C. His education included Lower Post Indian Residential School, F.H. Collins Secondary School in Whitehorse, Confederation College in Thunder Bay and Pre-Law at the University of British Columbia. Mr. Porter was founding Chairman of Northern Native Broadcasting, Yukon and was elected as Vice-Chair of the Council for Yukon Indians through two terms (1978-1982), holding several portfolios including Land Claims, Housing and Economic Development. In 1982, Mr. Porter was elected to the Yukon Legislature and upon re-election in 1985 he served as Deputy Premier. He has also served as Minister of Renewable Resources, Tourism, Heritage and Culture, and Minister Responsible for Constitutional Devolution. After leaving the Legislature, Mr. Porter was named Executive Director of the Yukon Human Rights Commission, then Deputy Minister of Culture and Communications for the Government of the Northwest Territories. In the 1990’s Mr. Porter served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Aboriginal Affairs for the British Columbia government. He later led the Fur Industry European Lobby on behalf of the Governments of Canada and the United States.
Andrew Pape-Salmon
Senior Specialist – Energy
RDH Building Engineering Ltd.
Nigel Protter
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA)
Keith Sashaw
President and Chief Executive Officer
Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of BC
Keith Sashaw was appointed the President of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of BC in February of 2013, where he serves as the senior staff person for the provincial organization representing 90 consulting engineering companies in BC. These firms employ 9,000 individuals and generate approximately $2.9 billion of activity. Prior ACEC-BC, Keith was the President of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association, the largest construction association in BC, representing participants in the non-wood frame construction industry in the Lower Mainland Southwest region of BC. Before VRCA, Mr. Sashaw has served as the Executive Vice-President of the Electrical Contractors Association of BC (1999 – 2001) and as the Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC (1985 to 1999). Mr. Sashaw has been active in a number of other areas, serving on numerous Boards and advisory committees related to construction.
Merran Smith
Director of Clean Energy Canada
Tides Canada
As Director of Clean Energy Canada, Merran leads a team working to inform and inspire policy leadership on renewable energy and zero-carbon transportation. Merran is a 2014 recipient of the Clean16 award, which recognizes leadership in sustainability and clean capitalism. She writes and speaks extensively on the opportunities for Canada in the global low carbon economy. She also received the Wilburforce Foundation Award for Outstanding Conservation Leadership, and a Transformative Leadership award from the Seasons Fund for Social Transformation. Prior to her work with Clean Energy Canada, Merran helped create and implement the historic Great Bear Rainforest conservation agreement that today protects more than two million hectares of British Columbia while forging new economic models for coastal First Nations communities.
Richard Stout
Executive Director
Association of Major Power Customers of BC
Lyle Viereck
Director, Aboriginal Negotiations and Strategic Files
BC Hydro
Mark Warren
Director, Customer Service
FortisBC
Mark Warren is Director, Customer Service Systems for FortisBC Inc. In his current role, he leads the electric energy efficiency program, PowerSense, the gas and electric advanced metering programs and customer service information systems. He was previously in various operational and customer service roles within FortisBC. Under Mr. Warren’s leadership, the company is currently deploying the electric division’s advanced metering system and is developing a business case for advanced metering in the gas business. Mr. Warren received his B.A.Sc. in Engineering Physics from the University of British Columbia and his Master’s in Business Administration from Queen’s University.
Jason Wolfe
Director, Market Development
FortisBC
Jason has been with FortisBC for 11 years, and is presently the Director of Market Development, responsible for the Natural Gas Market Development, Forecasting, Resource Planning, Business Performance and Energy Efficiency Reporting Groups. Key activities for 2014 include the Natural Gas Vehicle Incentive Program, Revamping FortisBC customer attachment process and policy and Regulatory filings including Long Term Resource Plan, and the Revenue Requirement Application. The most recent initiative is the launching of the new Trade Ally Program to encourage the use of gas in homes and business. Prior to this role Jason was responsible for FortisBC’s efforts to launch new thermal energy business efforts with large commercial and instututional customers including schools municipalities and health authorities. Prior to this Jason oversaw the Commercial and Industrial Marketing group and spent four years in the Regulatory Affairs Department. Jason holds a Masters of Business Administration from Royal Roads University, a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Calgary
Frank Wszelaki
President and Chief Executive Officer
Columbia Power
Frank Wszelaki joined Columbia Power in September 2011. Frank has close to 30 years experience in all aspects of the Electric Utility industry, from Engineering to Executive Leadership, and has worked in both coal and nuclear power plants. He spent five years as the Director of one of the largest coal power plants in the US, located in Monroe, MI. Frank holds a degree in electrical engineering as well as a MBA and is certified from the Project Management Institute. He has also earned his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in business management strategy and holds a Technical Staff & Managers Certification from the National Academy for Nuclear Training.
May 7, 2014

8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:55

Welcoming Remarks from Insight Information

Dr. Victor Pogostin
Insight Information

9:00

Opening Remarks from Co-Chairs

Doug Stout
Vice President, Energy Solutions and External Relations
FortisBC

Paul Wilson
Partner
Fasken Martineau, LLP

9:15

The Power Supply Outlook for LNG and Other Large Industrial Projects – The real Demand and How to Meet It

Doug Little
Vice-President of Energy Planning and Economic Development
BC Hydro

  • Large industrial load growth in BC: LNG, upstream natural gas production, mining, forestry
  • BC Hydro’s forecast load-resource balance: base case and scenarios
  • Plans to meet the forecast load growth

Nigel Protter
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA)

  • BC’s LNG export plans represent a 180° energy policy shift for BC, from one centered on climate change leadership and renewables self-sufficiency to one focused on very large-scale hydrocarbon extraction and exports powered by massive new increments of fossil-fuelled power generation
  • Few in BC realize the incredible scale of new generation capacity that will be required to power these LNG exports, and this new capacity will significantly increase BC’s own CO2 and other combustion emissions
  • Even fewer realize the enormous financial risk involved in the plan for BC ratepayers and taxpayers, since it is far from certain that the price we need to get for our gas in Asia will be at a price foreign customers will be willing to pay

Keith Sashaw
President and Chief Executive Officer
Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of BC

  • Major projects require access to power
    • according to the Major Project Inventory maintained by the province of BC, the total capital cost of major projects (defined as projects valued at over $20 million in the Lower Mainland and over $15 million elsewhere in BC) hit a record high at $299.4 billion in the second quarter of 2013 on a surge in proposed LNG projects. These major projects demand access to stable and dependable power in order to operate efficiently and to continue to attract investors in future development projects
  • LNG power supply
    • while it can be assumed the massive energy required for LNG plants will be supplied by gas-powered plants, there will be demand for power from other sources for ancillary users of power
  • BC requires a diversity of energy production
    • it is in the best interest for the province and BC Hydro that there continues to be a wide diversity of energy production. In BC we have developed an IPP industry consisting of developers, First Nations, constructors, and consulting engineers to develop and build the renewable power sources
  • BC has a reputation for expertise in engineering and can contribute to creating a centre of excellence for engineering services
10:45 Networking Coffee Break
11:00

The Future Role of Natural Gas Fired Generation in BC and Beyond

Joe Mazza
Director, Resource Development
FortisBC Utilities

  • Recent Provincial Policy
  • Landscape of Gas Generation in BC
  • Advantages of Gas Generation
  • Environmental and Technological Impacts
  • Opportunities for Distributed Generation
  • Implications of LNG
  • FBC Resource Plan

Kelly S. Lail
Vice President
Capital Power Corporation

  • Growth of natural gas fired in power supply
  • Relative financial and risk characteristics
  • Operating characteristics and optimization opportunities
  • Relative cost
12:00 Networking Luncheon
1:00 – 1:30

Keynote Lunch Speaker

Honourable Bill Bennett
BC Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review

1:30

Future of Electricity Rate

Tim Newton
Member
Industrial Electricity Policy Review Task Force

Findings by the Task Force:

  • Additional principles for setting rate policies
  • Clarity on greenhouse gas policies and industrial rate setting
  • Encourage all cost effective energy conservation
  • Add flexibility to industrial rates for customers that can reduce overall costs
  • Review policies on paying for new transmission
  • Involve stakeholders and ratepayers in making decisions that affect them

Mark Warren
Director, Customer Service
FortisBC

Implications for industry and for residential consumers:

  • Advanced metering provides detailed electricity consumption information to customers on a real-time basis. How will this affect electricity consumption?
  • Rate structures (time-based, consumption-based)
  • Payment options (flexible due dates, pre-pay)
  • Automated response (appliances, thermostats)
  • What will be the impact on the consumption of other commodities (gas, water)?

Richard Stout
Executive Director
Association of Major Power Customers of BC

  • The critical importance of independent and transparent regulation of BC Hydro
  • Shareholder accountability and risk/return relationships
  • Restoration of an appropriate culture and mandate for BC Hydro
  • Linkage between rates, planning, reliability and policy objectives
  • The way forward for LNG and tariff policy
  • Reasonable rate options for all customers
3:00 Networking Refreshment Break
3:15

What Does the Future Hold for the IPP Industry in BC

Dr. Paul Kariya
Executive Director
Clean Energy BC

  • It is only a matter of time before the next power call – we must prepare
  • Clean energy electricity is a cost effective product that will help ratepayers over the long term
  • CEBC is working with First Nations and the government to give life to Chapter 8 – the IRP’s clean Energy chapter

Merran Smith
Director of Clean Energy Canada
Tides Canada

  • Renewables are a critical component of BC’s commitment to ‘Cleanest LNG in the World
  • Clean Energy Canada modelling shows that renewable/electric driven LNG would create 40 percent more jobs and 33 percent less carbon pollution in the region
  • Recent polling shows broad citizen support for this approach
  • IPPs can be part of creating a lasting legacy from LNG

Richard Stout
Executive Director
Association of Major Power Customers of BC

  • Private versus public sector generation
  • Costs of accommodating intermittent renewables
  • Integrated planning
  • Rates and pricing – the missing connection
4:45 Day One Overview by Co-Chairs and Conference Adjourns for the Day
May 8, 2014

8:15 Continental Breakfast
9:00

Opening Remarks by Co-Chairs

9:15

Role of Micro Grids – What are the Implications for Consumers and for the Utilities?

Peter Asmus
Principal Research Analyst
Navigant Research

Why North America Is the World’s Best Market for Microgrids:

This presentation will focus on recent research findings validating the argument that North America is the best current market for microgrids worldwide. This talk will describe the market drivers behind microgrids for both utilities and third-party developers, and will profile 5 leading microgrid players:
BC Hydro; San Diego Gas & Electric; ABB, GE and Powerstream (Ontario municipal utility)

The presentation will also highlight recently updated market forecasts for the global microgrid market as a whole, but with a special emphasis on North America, the top 5 U.S. states, and Canada, which ranks among the top 10 non-US markets in the world.

9:45 Networking Coffee Break
10:00

Cumulative Impacts of Major Power Projects

Dave Porter
Chief Executive
British Columbia First Nations Energy and Mining Council

Tribal Chief Liz Logan
Treaty 8 British Columbia
Fort Nelson First Nation

The presentation would focus on the alternatives to the proposed site c project within the context of cumulative effects in the Treaty 8 Territory of Britsh Columbia.

Gwen Johansson
Mayor, District of Hudson’s Hope

  • What cumulative impact looks like on the ground
  • Effect on community
  • Cumulative impact under Canadian Environmental Assessment 2012

Lyle Viereck
Director, Aboriginal Negotiations and Strategic Files
BC Hydro

  • Understanding the relationship between clean power development and First Nations
  • How to address and mitigate the cumulative impact of energy development
  • Benefit and opportunities for First Nations

Frank Wszelaki
President and Chief Executive Officer
Columbia Power

  • Impacts of Columbia Power’s power projects regionally and provincially
  • Building positive partnerships with communities, First Nations and stakeholders
  • Update on the Waneta Expansion Project – the largest hydropower project currently under construction in the province

Paul Wilson
Partner
Fasken Martineau, LLP

  • The challenges of assessing an uncertain future – BCs LNG boom?
  • Assessing the cumulative impacts of natural gas and LNG projects
  • When are other projects “sufficiently certain” to proceed?
12:15 Networking Lunch
1:15

Providing Electricity to Remote Communities

Nick Hawley
Director
Koho Power Corporation

  • Defining remote communities: where are they, how large are they, what are their current sources of energy?
  • Previous attempts to electrify remote communities
    • government funding for community energy planning
    • clean energy initiatives
  • BC Hydro Remote Community Electrification Program
  • Work in other provinces
    • Manitoba Hydro/AANDC collaboration
    • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Options for providing reliable electricity to remote communities in BC
    • Grid extension
    • Renewable power, diesel power, hybrid
  • Barriers to success
    • regulatory issues
    • AANDC bureaucracy
    • difficulties faced by utilities
    • approach to design of renewable energy for remote areas (micro sizing)
  • Solutions to explore

Pieter van Gils
Principal
Headwater Capital

  • Atlin, BC: remote to us, central to the Taku River Tlingit
  • Project concept: replace 3300 litres of diesel per day with small hydro
  • From concept to design, engineering and permitting
  • Financing
  • Five years after the commercial operation date
2:15 Networking Refreshment Break
2:30

What Does the Future Hold for Residential and Commercial Consumers

David Craig
Executive Director
Commercial Energy Consumers (CEC) Association

  • Demographic trend issues
  • Technological development issues
  • Environmental and economic issues
  • BC Government policy issues & choices
  • Business and personal impacts

Andrew Pape-Salmon
Senior Specialist – Energy
RDH Building Engineering Ltd.
Vice-Chair of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance

  • Managing electricity bills in the context of rate increases
  • Adding an “energy lens” to building asset management and renewal processes
  • Case study of a “deep energy retrofit” of a 13storey multi-unit residential building
  • Demand-side management (DSM) programs – gas and electric utilities
  • Municipal policies supporting house and building retrofits
  • 2020 vision for a more energy efficient future for buildings

Jason Wolfe
Director, Market Development
FortisBC

  • Changing housing stock and its effect on energy usage
  • Impact of building code changes and energy efficiency requirement and energy use in the home
  • How low natural gas prices are affecting the energy choice for homeowners
  • Renewable natural gas as a carbon free alternative to electric heat
  • CHP for the home and small business
4:15 Closing Remarks by Co-Chairs
4:30 Conference Ends

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