The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is a non-profit trade association that promotes the appropriate development and application of all aspects of wind energy in Canada, including the creation of a suitable policy environment.
This session includes everything you need to know about recent and upcoming developments in Canada’s key wind energy markets. Delve into emerging markets, trends, and decisions impacting Canada’s wind energy industry. Explore how CanWEA and its members are collaborating with regulators, system operators and other decision makers to inform policies and planning processes.
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Networking Break
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Decarbonizing Electricity Grids in Alberta and Saskatchewan
As Alberta and Saskatchewan move to replace coal-fired electricity generation, the use of wind energy and other renewable generation will increase, but so will the use of natural gas. The result will be electricity grids that remain highly dependent on greenhouse gas-emitting natural gas to meet power needs. This session will explore potential actions Alberta and Saskatchewan can take to further decarbonize their grids, while providing affordable electricity to their consumers.
12:30 p.m. -2:00 p.m. Lunch & Networking
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Indigenous Engagement
Wind energy projects across Canada have demonstrated exemplary, mutually-beneficial partnerships with Indigenous peoples. From community involvement and investment, to contracts and long-term employment, these partnerships are blazing a new trail for how to facilitate collaborative Indigenous engagement and access this country’s vast renewable resources. This panel will explore three of these wind energy case studies; their strengths, benefits and key learnings to date.
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Networking Reception
Day 2 – Thursday April 18
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Managing Multiple Resources to Modernize the Grid
As we enter a new energy paradigm, governments and system operators across the continent are focused on finding innovative ways to cost-effectively expand and firm renewable energy integration while maintaining reliability. This session takes a high-level holistic approach to the question of how to achieve success in unlocking the capabilities of multiple resource types and facilitating the necessary market considerations by exploring a number of important factors like energy markets, capacity markets, flexibility and ancillary services, clean energy attributes, and demand response.
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Networking Break
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Impacts and Expectations of Disruptive Technologies
Disruptive technologies are vastly and rapidly changing our world. The development of robotics, 5G connectivity, augmented and virtual realities, AI and block chain technology are changing the world in which we live. These technologies are also changing the way Canada will generate electricity and power a low-carbon economy. How fast can these technologies be integrated into systems planning? What are the implications for the wind energy sector? This session will navigate the impacts these potentially game-changing technologies may have on wind energy, other renewables, and the grid.
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Networking Break
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Soup or Salad: Uniting of Development and O&M
The uniting of wind farm development and operations and maintenance (O&M) within a single organization is a topic of increasing relevance as the relative size of the O&M sector as a proportion of the wind energy industry ramps up. How is the industry responding to the overlap of what used to be two distinct areas of focus? Is there a sweet spot between a salad of responsibilities and departments that continue to be highly-defined versus a fluid soup of task-sharing and collaboration across the organization? This session asks experts at organizations involved in both wind energy development and O&M to share past experiences, success stories and lessons learned about effectively and seamlessly managing both.