Thank you to our delegates, speakers, sponsors, and
industry partners for making our event such a success!

The Canadian Institute’s Alberta Power Symposium was held at the Marriott Downtown in Calgary on September 24th and 25th, 2014. The conference, chaired by David Gray of Gray Energy Economics, covered a wide range of issues relevant to the province’s present and future generation and transmission plans. 

   See what delegates had to say:

   “Attended last year and it was a good symposium as well. This year was
    even better!”
    – Rick Steinke, Senior Project Manager, Bantrel

   “A number of topics were related to my daily responsibilities.”
   – Jagdev Sohi, Engineering Supervisor, Sherritt Metals

   “Most presenters were able to convey complex issues for all to understand.”
   – Mike Georgeson, Linear Advisor, Government of Alberta

Day One opened with….

A panel discussion in which Bryan DeNever of Capital Power, Raymond McKay of ENMAX, and Guy Bridgeman of EPCOR talking about the forward strategies and priorities of Alberta’s largest power companies.

From that strong beginning the symposium moved on to an AESO presentation on short- and long-term supply and demand forecasting done by John Esaiw, and then a very popular panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities for Alberta’s renewables market with contributions from Jared Donald of Conergy, David Vonesch of SkyFire Energy, Marlo Reynold of BluEarth Renewables, and  Dean Luciuk of TransAlta.

After lunch at the Marriott’s Traders Grill Restaurant, the symposium resumed with a fantastic co-presentation on interties and how Alberta should interact with its neighbouring markets by Evan Bahry, the Executive Directory of IPPSA, and Kellan Fluckiger, the former executive director of the electricity division of Alberta’s Ministry of Energy who has spent much of the last six years living and working in Phoenix, Arizona.

A surprising and engaging presentation by Jan Van Egteren of Rocky Mountain Power – ably assisted by Lorry Wilson on some of the Q&A — began with a quick update on interties and then pivoted into a summary of the ASSISt energy storage project. “One thing we’ve learned at Rocking Mountain Power is that you NEED a good acronym!” Van Egteren quipped.

Bob Heggie, Chief Executive of the Alberta Utilities Commission offered an overview of some of some of the issues and initiatives AUC is working on, and the day was wrapped up by an excellent panel discussion on Alberta’s transmission infrastructure with contributions by Vittoria Bellissimo of IPCAA, Jerry Mossing of AESO, Dennis Frehlich of AltaLink, and Donald Orbin of SNC-Lavalin.

Day Two began with….

Rob Spragins of the Utilities Consumer Advocate talking about the potential implications of the Retail Market Review. John Goetz of Dentons Canada LLP and Peter Karl of AltaGas followed with an excellent joint presentation on how adjustments to the Carbon Levy might impact the power market.

Gerry Goobie of Gas Processing Management Inc. and Duane Reid-Carlson of EDC Associates spoke next with a presentation on the surge of supply in North American natural gas and what that means for the future of Alberta’s electricity generation future.

Next Christopher Orzel of Invenergy LLC asked the audience for a list of issues and questions about energy storage they would like to hear about and then weaved them extemporaneously into his presentation on how that technology is maturing and where it might fit into the power grid –particularly in relation to renewables.

After lunch, Bill Baker of AESO spoke about the latest cyber security regulations and best practices for power companies, and the day concluded with an excellent joint presentation from Nick Clark of Utilitynet and Derek Olmstead from the Market Surveillance Administrator on competition in the retail market.

Throughout the two days….

Our audience of well over 100 executives from both government and industry organizations engaged at length through both Q&A and informal networking on the past, present, and future of Alberta’s electricity market with an eye to improving performance, keeping costs low, anticipating growth, and bringing new tactics and technologies online to better service the customer.

– Geoff Micks, Conference Producer, The Canadian Institute