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.
CanWEA President Robert Hornung will provide an overview of wind energy’s dynamic role in the ongoing global energy transition, and the steps being taken by the industry and CanWEA to maximize its potential.
Wind energy is one resource among many that are becoming more important sources of energy, capacity and ancillary services. The speaker will highlight the intersection of changing utility business models, technology gains on renewable and DERs, and evolution of consumer awareness and behavior around electricity and the role of wind in this transition.
CanWEA’s team of regional directors will overview recent progress, current processes and outstanding industry needs in relation to electricity system policy, regulation and market design, in key provincial markets and at the federal level.
While wind and other non-emitting generation is at the foundation of the global energy transition, it will also depend on a re-configured and better integrated transmission network. Panelists will address key objectives that should guide strategic planning, regulatory reform and accelerated investment in transmission across Canada.
The grid of the future will be quite different from the grid of today. Unprecedented transformation is underway and adapting to this change in realtime is both exciting and challenging. The growing evolution of multiple business models, coupled with enhanced consumer awareness and behavior that is shaping the electricity transformation are all intersecting and driving substantial change. Embracing this change in real time will only further enable this exciting transformation.
Energy storage is poised to make a critical contribution to reliability as more renewables come online. But energy storage will also influence the shape of the future grid in multiple ways. Panelists will explore emerging storage opportunities and the role storage will play in changing the design and operation of the future grid.
System operators and utilities have a leadership role in enabling the energy transition. Hear from grid operators and representatives from Canadian utilities on how they are responding to the ever-changing policy and technology landscape to develop and implement programs/procedures related to increased renewables and energy storage.