8:00 a.m. | Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. | Welcome Remarks
8:45 a.m. | THE MARKET FORECAST
A Moving Target: Anticipating Electricity Demand and Supply for Alberta
What does the future hold for the demand and supply of electricity in Alberta? It is an important question for every utility in the province to consider — and to plan for. In this session, delivered by a prominent expert, discover:
- What are the regulatory, economic and market drivers behind Alberta’s growing electricity needs?
- How to adapt those drivers to benefit your utility
- An informed outlook on renewable generation and expected demand
- The risks and implications for utilities, consumers and other market participants to improve your long-term planning
Duane Reid-Carlson, President, EDC Associates
9:30 a.m. | POWER PANEL
How Alberta Will Transition to a Capacity Market in 2021
Alberta announced in November of 2016 that it would move to a capacity market for electricity, which will be fully operational in 2021. Right now, Alberta is one of two jurisdictions with an “energy only” market — Texas being the other — still left in North America. This transition will involve a significant investment of billions of dollars spread over several years. In this session, hear candid conversations on how industry veterans envision the new market design. Discover:
- The key components of an effective capacity marketplace — and how it works
- The structure, investments and pricing for the new system
- How the transition will take place — and what companies must do
- What support is required from the the government that is necessary for Alberta to remain competitive?
- How the legislation, passed in June of 2018 — An Act to Secure Alberta’s Electricity Future — will affect your utility
- How a capacity market will allow Alberta’s current utility providers to provide generation at the lowest cost
- Why investors like the capacity market — and how it will attract investment
Kris Aksomitis, Director, Power Advisory LLC
Vittoria Bellissimo, Executive Director, Industrial Power Consumers Association of Alberta
Chris Joy, Vice President — Business Operation, Power Supply, ENMAX Energy Corp.
Leonard Olien, Manager, Markets & Analytics, SOLAS Energy Consulting Inc.
10:30 a.m. | Networking Refreshment Break
11:00 a.m. | DISTRIBUTED TECH
The Challenges and Opportunities for Building a Distributed Energy Grid
Most of us have been consuming electricity from the grid in the same way for more than a century now. But that is changing. The rise of prosumers — who both produce and consume energy — is forcing utilities to reinvent conventional methods to predict and manage the supply of electricity. Find out:
- What are the opportunities for LDCs in building a distributed energy grid?
- What challenges do LDCs face?
- How are leading LDCs modernizing their grids by combining engineering ingenuity, community engagement and intelligent design on a regional scale
- Will a distributed grid lead to a loss of control by the power companies to ones in which customers and utilities work together?
John Rilett, Director of Enhanced Energy Services and Renewables, ENMAX Energy Corporation
Francois Blouin, Director Innovation, ATCO Electricity Global Business
Terri-Lynn Duque, Manager of Grid Innovation, Enmax Power
Darren McCrank, Director, Systems Operations, EPCOR Distribution and Transmission
12:00 p.m. | Networking Luncheon
1:00 p.m. | SPECIAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS
How Alberta’s Electricity Future will be Secured through Climate Leadership
The Honourable Rachel Notley, Premier of the Province of Alberta (tentative)
1:45 p.m. | CYBER SECURITY
Mission Critical: What must Alberta’s Utilities do to Prevent Cyber Attacks?
The Alberta electric grid is increasingly dependent on the internet for operations and, as a result, it is also increasingly susceptible to cyber attacks. It does not take much imagination to see how such attacks might cripple a broad swath of the province’s economy. A well-constructed cyber attack against the grid might not do as much physical damage as bombs, but it would likely be highly effective at cutting off electricity to hospitals, banks, factories and other critical assets. Many utilities have been slow to awaken to this danger. In this session, featuring four leading cyber security experts, you will learn:
- What actions are utilities and governments taking to identify, manage and respond to potential security threats?
- How to identify sensitive assets and vulnerabilities
- How to implement crucial prevention strategies to protect both your organization and the public
- How the Canadian government and, CSE in particular — can assist with cyber security
Ross Johnson, Senior Manager, Security & Contingency Planning, Capital Power Corporation
Eóin Cooke, Vice President, Security and Information Services, Altalink
Steve Herrin, Director of Operations and CRISP Manager, E-ISAC
Julia Scouten, Senior Cyber Analyst, Canadian Center for Cyber Security
2:45 p.m. | Networking Refreshment Break
3:00 p.m. | POWER PANEL
An Evaluation of the Options for Alberta’s Future Generation Mix
By 2030, coal generation will be replaced by 5,000 megawatts of renewable energy — the equivalent of 30% of Alberta’s total capacity. In this session, you will get a solid understanding of what will happen in the next 12 years. Discover:
- What will the generation mix look like during this transition?
- What is the future for natural gas, co-generation and renewables?
- How will biomass, geothermal, solar, hydro and wind fit into the entire picture?
- What are the integration challenges?
- How can you optimize your assets to avoid a shortfall for reliable, clean energy
Matt Ayres, Chief Economist, Market Surveillance Administrator
Patrick Bateman, Director of Policy & Market Development, Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA)
Binnu Jeyakumar, Director, Electricity, Pembina Institute
Brenda Marshall, Senior Director, Regulatory & Commercial, ATCO Power
4:00 p.m. | POLICY OUTLOOK
What will happen to Energy Policies After the 2019 Provincial Election?
What will happen to Alberta’s energy policies after the 2019 provincial election? Will they stay on course? Or, is there a need to brace for impact? In this session, featuring prominent experts from several points of view, you will discover:
- The perspective of the major political parties’ positions on energy policy and renewables
- Whether energy policy will change if there is a change in government? If so, how?
- The big picture considerations for renewable procurement
- Are carbon pricing, REP and natural gas generation here to stay?
- How is the current government positioning the Climate Leadership Plan and the progress on renewables?
- What important political developments — in other provinces or at the federal level — could change the position of the opposition on carbon and renewables in the next year?
Bonnie Hiltz, Director, Power and Utilities, Sussex Strategy Group
Sara Hastings-Simon, Managing Director, Clean Economy, Pembina Institute
Brian Livingston, Calgary School of Public Policy
Paula McGarrigle, Managing Director, SOLAS Energy Consulting Inc.
5:00 p.m. | Conference Adjourns for Day 1
5:15 p.m. | Evening Reception
8:00 a.m. | Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45 a.m. | Welcome Remarks
9:00 a.m. | A FIRESIDE CHAT WITH SOME INNOVATIVE UTILITY CEOs
Building the Utilities of Tomorrow
Join three innovative Alberta utility CEOs in conversation about opportunities for the Alberta power industry and learn how their organizations are innovating and planning for the future. You will learn:
- What exactly are Alberta’s utilities innovating — and how are they doing it?
- What does it take for Alberta’s utilities to succeed as the province overhauls its electricity sector under the Climate Leadership Plan?
- Critical insights into creating business models and intelligent infrastructures that evolve with regulatory developments
- How senior executives view a possible change in government for their planning
Tonja Leach, Executive Director, QUEST Canada
Dan Balaban, Founder, President & CEO, Greengate Power
Kipp Horton, President & CEO, WindRiver Power Corporation
Gord Reynolds, Executive Vice President, Spark Power
10:00 a.m. | CASE STUDIES: THE ELECTRICAL REVOLUTION IN ACTION
Past and Future: How to Meet the Challenges of the Electric Industry’s Rapid Transformation
Centralized energy and capacity markets have matured significantly since their introduction. As well, innovations in market design and operations have increased reliability, efficiency and value delivered to market participants and the retail load. But what is the result of that? How might the rapid evolution and declining cost of new technologies, customer demand for new devices at the “edge” of the grid, and the growing penetration of clean energy resources fundamentally change existing power systems, market design and system operations? In this session, you will get the answers to those questions as you learn about other market jurisdictions’ experiences dealing with the changes and its plans to prepare for the future. A not-to-be-missed session that delivers valuable experience!
Kathleen Spees, Principal, The Brattle Group
10:45 a.m. | Networking Refreshment Break
11:15 a.m. | AESO UPDATE
The Status of Market Renewal and the Renewable Procurement Process
Follow AESO’s effort to design a capacity market that balances environmental, economic and reliability considerations to ensure a stable, sustainable supply of electricity for Albertans in the coming years. Hear the latest updates and results from the Renewable Electricity Program (REP) Rounds 2 and 3 and RESA implementation. You will discover:
- What are the challenges — and how can they be solved — in trying to integrate and connect additional renewables?
- How will the transmission and interconnection processes evolve for future REP rounds?
- How utility leaders are weighing the benefits of adding different renewables into the system
- How will transmission and distribution systems help integrate additional renewables under REP 1?
Nicole LeBlanc, Director, Forecasting & Analytics, Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)
12:00 p.m. | ABORIGINAL SUCCESSES
How to Cultivate Thriving Communities with Aboriginal Community-Owned Energy Projects and Partnerships
Benefit from the experience of aboriginal leaders, who are creating a green future through active participation in energy developments. Harness the economic potential of power projects for your community while respecting the environmental and cultural heritage. Gain deeper insight into legal policies and market realities to build capacity to overcome the challenges of implementation. A valuable session!
Dione McGuinness, Senior Engagement Lead, BRITT Land & Engagement
Jorge O. Aviles, Senior Advisor, Stakeholder Engagement/Indigenous Relations, TransAlta Corporation
Guy Lonechild, Chief Executive Officer, First Nations Power Authority
Doug Reti, Director of Business Development, Backwoods Energy
1:00 p.m. | Networking Luncheon
2:00 p.m. | CASE STUDY
How one Significant Utility Corporate Leader Transformed the Pursuit of Green into Concrete Initiatives
As governments rally under climate change action and de-carbonization, many of the world’s most progressive corporations are taking charge to reduce carbon footprint and conserve energy. Discover how one leader transformed the pursuit of green into concrete initiatives, which are not only making a difference in environmental stewardship and cost reduction, but creating a competitive advantage for their business.
Kathryn (Kate) Chisholm, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Sustainability Officer, Capital Power
2:45 p.m. | Networking Refreshment Break
3:00 p.m. | ENERGY STORAGE
Bottled Lightning: How to Create Long Term Value with the Application of Energy Storage
Investments in energy storage are reaching critical mass, allowing more efficient use of electricity from any power source. This will have important consequences for both utilities and consumers. Get an overview of the capabilities of today’s energy storage technologies and their increasing role to provide on demand energy, while improving reliability, efficiency and cost management. A must attend-session delivered by experts who will allow you to glimpse into the future — and plan for it.
Moderator and Speaker
Chris Best, Director, Commercial and Regulation, EDC Associates Ltd.
Peter Bubik, Director & Lead of Technical Developments, Turning Point Generation
Dr. Mark Summers, Executive Director, Technology & Innovation, Emissions Reduction Alberta
4:00 p.m. | THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR INVESTORS AND DEVELOPERS
Green Rush: The Race to Invest in Alberta’s Renewable Energy sector
As Canada’s most active market for renewable energy procurement, Alberta provides investors and developers with a unique opportunity to invest in the space. With the competitive results of Renewable Energy Procurement (REP) 1 and the upcoming REP 2 and 3, the experts on this panel will discuss alternative business models that leverage Alberta’s unique policy and regulatory framework in the rapidly evolving renewable energy sector. They will also highlight some of the key lessons we are seeing in other jurisdictions that could be relevant for Alberta participants in the current environment.
Moderator and Speaker
Milosz Zemanek, Partner, Torys LLP
Cory Basil, Vice President, Development, EDF Renewables
Philip Bassil, Senior Vice President and Country Manager, Canada, Marathon Capital LLC
Ben Greenhouse, Vice President, Business Development, Potentia Renewables
5:00 p.m. | Closing Remarks