Opening Remarks, Canada’s Wind Markets Report, and Q&A on Wind Market Opportunities
Canada’s Wind Markets Report
Get up to speed on recent and upcoming developments in Canada’s key wind energy markets. Learn how CanWEA and its members are engaging with regulators, system operators, and other decision-makers, and informing key planning processes and policies. Stay on top of evolving and emerging markets and decisions impacting the wind energy sector.
Q&A on Wind Market Opportunities
Session Sponsor: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Moderator: David Estill, Sales and Strategy Manager, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Sponsored by: GE Renewable Energy
Electricity is a cornerstone of the modern economy and must be cost-competitive, clean and reliable. Wind energy production is making a rapidly growing contribution to electricity supply and this presentation will draw on real world experience and modelling work from across North America to provide an overview of the broad range of tools and approaches available to electricity system operators to manage the variability of wind energy generation as penetration levels increase. It will also examine how wind energy itself can make important contributions to a reliable electricity grid.
Global Success for the Integration of Wind Power
Jason MacDowell, Director of Industry & Policy, GE Energy Consulting
New Opportunities for Wind Energy in the Future Electricity Grid
Session Sponsor: Senvion Canada Inc.
Wholesale electricity markets around the world are evolving as they move to integrate increased levels of wind energy and other non-emitting resources. Aligning emerging system needs and helping to inform how wind energy can meet those needs is integral to this discussion. Hear from the system operators from Alberta and Ontario as they forge ahead in this regard with market reforms in their respective jurisdictions. A panel discussion will follow with leading market and industry experts that will highlight how the wind energy industry is advocating for design of procurement mechanisms to secure those products and services as a complement to, or as part of, procurement of low-cost wind energy.
AESO Presentation: Dennis Frehlich, Senior Strategic Advisor, Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)
IESO Presentation: Adam Butterfield, Senior Manager, Electricity Resource Development, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)
Panel Discussion: Moderator: Brandy Giannetta, Regional Director – Ontario, CanWEA
A Strong Foundation Part 1: Landowner Engagement
Identifying an excellent wind resource is one thing, but a project won’t get off the ground without lease agreements with landowners willing to host wind turbines. This discussion will detail how wind energy developers are pursuing productive partnerships with ranchers, farmers, and other landowners. Glean insights on what to do—and what not to do—in the negotiation process and beyond, from leaders on both sides of the table.
Panel Discussion: Moderator: Evan Wilson, Regional Director – Prairies, CanWEA
A Strong Foundation Part 2: Community Engagement
This session will pick up where the landowner discussion left off by outlining what industry leaders have learned about productive community partnerships, and what communities working with wind energy developments have learned. Expect a showcase of what effective engagement looks like through a project’s development, construction, and operations phases.
Moderator: Tracy Walden, Director of Media and Communications, CanWEA
Ensuring Successful Indigenous Partnerships
Session Sponsor: Torys LLP
Both Alberta and Saskatchewan have set expectations that Indigenous governments and communities will play a leading role in renewable energy procurements. In this session, hear from Indigenous leaders, as well as government and industry representatives, to gain understanding about how such agreements have worked in other jurisdictions, and the benefits and challenges associated with different approaches.
Moderator: Valerie Helbronner, Partner, Torys LLP
Fine-Tuning Environmental Management
Session Sponsor: Hemmera
When it comes to minimizing or avoiding prospective operational impacts to wildlife, regulators are increasingly encouraged by adaptive management approaches, which can reduce environmental management uncertainty in operating wind farms. Companies now have 12 GW worth of operational experience and data to draw upon from Canadian developments. This panel discussion will explore how the wind energy industry might best leverage this experience for projects in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Moderator: Marnie Dawson, Principal, Renewable Energy Group, Prairie Sky Consulting
Election Night in Canada
Session Sponsor: Sussex Strategy Group
In the next 14 months, governments may change in Canada’s three leading wind energy markets: Ontario will have an election this spring, Quebec will follow in the fall, and Albertans will head to the polls in Spring 2019. What is at stake for the wind energy industry? What can the industry do to help political stakeholders understand and facilitate stable markets? Get the low-down from three top government relations firms in these jurisdictions.
Moderator: Robert Hornung, President, CanWEA
Quebec Update: Frédéric Verreault, Director, TACT Intelligence-Conseil
Quebec Q&A Facilitator – Julie Cusson, Director, Public Affairs and Communications, Boralex Inc.
Ontario Update: Chris Benedetti, Principal, Sussex Strategy Group
Ontario Q&A Facilitator – Roslyn McMann, Director, Market Development, BluEarth Renewables Inc.
Alberta Update: Jeff Sterzuk, President and CEO, Prairie Sky Consulting
Alberta Q&A Facilitator – David Thornton, Manager, Regulatory and Public Affairs, EDF EN
Sponsored by: Pattern Energy
In some jurisdictions, wind energy has been a partisan political issue with conservative political parties working to slow or stop wind energy deployment. However, more and more conservatives are concluding that increased renewable energy use is strongly consistent with conservative values. In this session, one group of conservatives will make their argument for increased renewable energy in the United States.
How A Group of U.S. Conservatives are Changing the Politics of Clean Energy
Mark Pischea, President, Conservative Energy Network