|11:00 to 12:30||Joint BC/AB Caucus Meeting
*Your company must maintain advocate level membership or higher to be eligible to participate.
|12:00 to 13:00||Registration|
|13:00 to 13:30||Opening Remarks
Robert Hornung, President, CanWEA
|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 industry.
Moderator: Robert Hornung, President, CanWEA
Tzeporah Berman, BA MES LLD (honoris causa) Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
Jim Byrne, Professor and Chair of Geography Department, University of Lethbridge
Angus McAllister, President, McAllister Opinion Research
Alex Wood, Senior Director, Policy and Markets for Sustainable Prosperity
|15:00 to 15:30||Refreshment Break - Sponsored by Acciona & Pattern Energy|
|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.
Moderator: Jeff Sterzuk, President, Prairie Sky Consulting
Brian Mohr, Director, Sustainable Supply Development, SaskPower
Ryan Jansen, Alternative Energy Research Engineer, Saskatchewan Research Council
Leah Nelson Guay, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, First Nations Power Authority
Chad Eggerman, Partner, Miller Thomson LLP
|17:00 to 17:10||Pembina Institute Reveal
To cap the day, the Pembina Institute will unveil a new exciting communications technology that highlights British Columbia's robust renewable energy sector. Penelope Comette, Program Director, Clean Energy Economy, Pembina Institute
Ben Thibault, Program Director, Electricity, Pembina Institute
|17:10 to 19:00||Networking Reception|
|8:30 to 9:00||Breakfast - Sponsored by Acciona & Pattern Energy|
|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.
Moderator: Ian Baillie, BC Regional Director, CanWEA
Les MacLaren, Assistant Deputy Minister, Electricity and Alternative Energy Division, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
Paul Kariya, Executive Director, Clean Energy BC
Cory Basil, Vice President Development, EDF EN Canada
Johnny Casana, Regional Manager, Government & Regulatory Affairs, EDP Renewables North America
Randy Reimann, Director, Resource Planning, BC Hydro
|10:30 to 11:00||Refreshment Break - Sponsored by Acciona & Pattern Energy|
|11:00 to 12:30||On the Ground
Wind energy has experienced significant growth in western Canada in the past few years, and new projects are getting closer to being built in Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC. On the ground lessons can be learned from construction to permitting that can help the industry deliver future efforts on time and on budget.
Moderator: Dave Hermans, Director, Business Development, Acciona
Building in BC
Sandy Fleming, Construction Engineer, Capital Power Corporation
Lessons Learned from Bull Creek AUC Decision
Ben Thibault, Program Director, Energy, Pembina Institute
Local Support in BC
Colin Edwards, Vice President, Business Development,Pattern Energy
Grid Integration Tools and Approaches
Randy Voges, Senior Engineer, GE Power and Water
|12:30 to 14:00||Luncheon - Sponsored by GE Power & Water
The Honourable Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review
|14:00 to 15:30||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.
Moderator: Tim Weis, Policy Director, CanWEA
Jacques Duchesne, Program Manager, Alberta Electric System Operator
Marlo Raynolds, Vice President Market Development, BluEarth Renewables
Jon Kieran, Director, Development, EDF EN Canada
Chris Best, Independent Electricity Consultant, Best Consulting Solutions Inc.
|15:30 to 15:45||Refreshment Break - Sponsored by Acciona & Pattern Energy|
|15:45 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.
Moderator: Marlo Raynolds, Vice President Market Development, BluEarth Renewables
Paula McGarrigle, Managing Director, Solas Energy
Rob MacIntosh, President, Dejanira Enterprises
Robert Hornung, President, CanWEA
Lauren Andre, Manager, Wind Generation Business Development, Enbridge Inc.
|17:00 to 17:15||Closing Remarks|