Event Program 

*Program is subject to change without notice.

Monday April 27, 2015
12:00 to 13:00 Registration
13:00 to 13:30 Opening Remarks
13:30 to 15:00 Climate Change and Western Canada
Climate change is not going away. From LNG development in BC, to oilsands growth in Alberta, to CCS in Saskatchewan, climate policy and technology investments will play an increasingly important role towards addressing greenhouse gas emissions. Wind energy presents an important, low-cost solution to reducing emissions across western Canada; however, there are varying policies and targets across the western provinces. This panel will discuss the potential for new climate regulations, and the implications of a national energy strategy to the
15:00 to 15:30 Refreshment Break - Sponsored by Acciona
15:30 to 17:00 Saskatchewan – New Market Opportunities
Saskatchewan's economy has never been stronger, and the province is growing and diversifying. At the same time, Federal coal regulations will soon result in the retirement of older coal units. SaskPower has been working on a new outlook that will lay the groundwork for how the province will meet growing electricity demand while retiring coal units. This panel will discuss the increasing role that wind is expected to play to help diversify the supply mix and stabilize long-term costs.
17:00 to 19:00 Networking Reception
Tuesday April 28, 2015
8:30 to 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 to 10:30 British Columbia – Wind's future
In the wake of the BC government's approval of the Site C hydro project in late 2014, the government has indicated that future procurement will come from IPPs and that wind energy is well positioned to play an increasing role. At the same time, the decision to proceed with the major hydro project creates short term uncertainty for wind energy in the province. These expert panelists will discuss wind's future in British Columbia.
10:30 to 11:00 Refreshment Break - Sponsored by Acciona
11:00 to 12:30 On the Ground – Communities
Wind energy has generally had strong community support in much of western Canada as a local economic opportunity as well as contributing to environmental stewardship. This support can never be taken for granted. This session will examine some recent lessons learned in Alberta and British Columbia.
12:30 to 13:30 Lunch - Sponsored by GE Power & Water
13:30 to 15:00 Alberta – Strong Fundamentals, Challenging Market
In spite of the recent drop in oil prices that have tempered breakneck growth, the fundamentals of the Alberta market remain strong. A growing demand for electricity, combined with the imperative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions present a golden opportunity for wind energy to help diversify a grid that is increasingly turning towards natural gas. This expert panel will discuss wind's potential in Alberta, potential changes to existing greenhouse gas regulations, winds potential to reduce emissions, and how to find creative solutions in Alberta's unique electricity market.
15:00 to 15:30 Refreshment Break - Sponsored by Acciona
15:30 to 17:00 The Wind Energy Industry in the Context of Record Low Oil Prices
High oil prices have led to significant investments in oil development as well as pipelines for exports. This rapid expansion has also resulted in increasing electricity demand forecasts, but also increased emissions and increased public scrutiny. Will the sudden and unexpected collapse in oil prices affect the prospects for wind energy's growth in western Canada? This expert panel will discuss the short term and long term effects on the wind energy industry and how the industry can position itself to weather the storm.
17:00 to 17:15 Closing Session