Day 1 - Wednesday, September 21, 2022

8:30
Opening Remarks from the Conference Co-chairs
8:40

Keynote

Net Zero Grid by 2035 – Setting the Stage for Alberta’s Electricity Sector
9:00

PANEL

Assessing the Progress and Plans for Alberta to Achieve Net Zero
10:30

NET ZERO TECH HUB

Networking Refreshment Break in Expo Area

Join colleagues, clients and solution experts at our Net Zero Tech Hub where you can meet exhibitors for information and demonstrations of the latest technology innovations.
10:50

INNOVATION SPOTLIGHT

How the Shift in Energy Transition is Affecting the Power Sector and the Challenges of Meeting Agreements
11:20

DISRUPTOR PANEL

How New Technologies Are Disrupting the Traditional Utility Model
12:20
Unpacking the Economics of Rooftop Solar PV for Homes & Businesses
1:00
Networking Lunch for Delegates and Speaker
2:00
Keynote
2:30

EMISSIONS REDUCTION TECHNOLOGIES SHOWCASE

Unlocking the Potential of Hydrogen: Canadian Developments in the Drive to Net Zero
3:15
INNOVATION SPOTLIGHT
3:45

NET ZERO TECH HUB

Networking Refreshment Break in Expo Area

Join colleagues, clients and solution experts at our Net Zero Tech Hub where you can meet with vendors and see demonstrations of the latest technology innovations
4:00

EMISSIONS REDUCTION TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE

Commercial Applications for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)
4:45

EMISSIONS REDUCTION TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE

Strategy Session: Calculating the Feasibility of Energy Storage Solutions for Renewable Energy
5:30
Closing Remarks and Day 1 adjourns

Day 2 - Thursday, September 22, 2022

8:30
Opening Remarks from the Conference Co-Chairs
8:35

Keynote

Net Zero Grid by 2035– How Can Industry Achieve This?
9:00
Exploring What is Driving the Corporate PPA Boom and How Companies Can Advance Green Renewable Targets
9:45
How ESG Is Shaping Investment in the Power Sector
10:45
INNOVATION SPOTLIGHT
11:15

NET ZERO TECH HUB

Networking Refreshment Break in Expo Area

Join colleagues, clients and solution experts at our Net Zero Tech Hub where you can meet exhibitors for information and demonstrations of the latest technology innovations.
11:45
Protecting Canada’s Electricity Infrastructure Against Cyber Threats
12:30
Networking Lunch for Delegates and Speakers
1:30
Advancing the Environmental, Social and Economic Benefits of Indigenous Clean Energy Partnerships
2:30
How to Meet Federal Expectations to Decarbonize the Grid with Regional Electricity Inter-Ties and Market Integration
3:30
Closing Remarks and Conference Concludes

Day 1 - Wednesday, September 21, 2022

8:30
Opening Remarks from the Conference Co-chairs

Sharleen Gatcha
Founder & CEO
Women+Power

Breanne Fox
Director, Commercial Management & Carbon Technologies
Capital Power

8:40

Keynote

Net Zero Grid by 2035 – Setting the Stage for Alberta’s Electricity Sector

Overview of the federal government’s Net Zero by 2035 plan for Canada’s electricity industry and how this sets the stage for Alberta’s electricity sector.

9:00

PANEL

Assessing the Progress and Plans for Alberta to Achieve Net Zero

Miranda Keating Erickson
Vice President, Markets
Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)

Chris Joy
Vice President- Business Operations
ENMAX Energy Corporation

Scott Perry
Vice President,
Business Development,

Greengate Power

Evan Wilson
Senior Director, Western Canada
Canadian Renewable Energy Association

Confirmed Representative

Emissions Reduction Alberta

Moderator:

Michael Powell
Director Of Government Relations
Electricity Canada

This panel will discuss the key drivers that are transforming Alberta’s electricity sector: post pandemic recovery, industry and consumer shift to low emissions resources, declining cost of renewables, increasing technological advancements (CCUS, storage and DER), electric vehicle adoption, corporate PPAs and ESG trends, carbon policy and pricing.

  • How is the sector responding to the targets of a net-zero economy by 2050, including constraints, limitations, and long-term system-level planning?
  • Views on electrification and meeting potential demand growth
  • What are the expected future changes to the market?
  • What is the expected load growth in the near term and over the next 20 years as natural gas is expected to become the primary fuel source over coal?
  • What is the expected electricity generation from renewables (wind, hydro, solar)?
  • Findings from AESO’s paper on Net Zero Emissions Pathways

10:30

NET ZERO TECH HUB

Networking Refreshment Break in Expo Area

Join colleagues, clients and solution experts at our Net Zero Tech Hub where you can meet exhibitors for information and demonstrations of the latest technology innovations.
10:50

INNOVATION SPOTLIGHT

How the Shift in Energy Transition is Affecting the Power Sector and the Challenges of Meeting Agreements
11:20

DISRUPTOR PANEL

How New Technologies Are Disrupting the Traditional Utility Model

Juval Bothe
Sr. Engineer,
Grid Innovation

ENMAX

Jesse Row
Executive Director
Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance

A look at how distribution systems will change over the next several decades given rapid technology changes that are expected – in particular with distributed generation, EVs, smart grid technologies, solar and new power sources like SMRs

  • New developments in grid innovation and distributed energy management technologies
  • The future of DSM and DSM opportunities in Alberta as it relates to new, disruptive technologies

12:20
Unpacking the Economics of Rooftop Solar PV for Homes & Businesses

Grace Brown
Board Secretary
Solar Alberta

  • Breakdown of the economics of on-site solar for residential customers
  • Given the history of challenging economics, how have things changed?
  • What does this look like in today’s regulatory environment?

1:00
Networking Lunch for Delegates and Speaker
2:00
Keynote

Dale Nally
Associate Minister of Natural Gas and Electricity
Government of Alberta

2:30

EMISSIONS REDUCTION TECHNOLOGIES SHOWCASE

Unlocking the Potential of Hydrogen: Canadian Developments in the Drive to Net Zero

Dr. David Layzell
Energy System Architect
The Transition Accelerator

  • What are the plans to integrate hydrogen into the power system?
  • Exploring Alberta’s Hydrogen Roadmap and the Clean Hydrogen Centre of Excellence; how will it move from development to marketplace?
  • Achieving scale through improved technologies and commercialization
  • Exploring CCUS as an integral piece of the development of clean hydrogen
  • Plans for hydrogen hub in Edmonton to develop a local hydrogen economy, timelines, next steps
  • Exploring how to best produce and sell hydrogen

3:15
INNOVATION SPOTLIGHT
3:45

NET ZERO TECH HUB

Networking Refreshment Break in Expo Area

Join colleagues, clients and solution experts at our Net Zero Tech Hub where you can meet with vendors and see demonstrations of the latest technology innovations
4:00

EMISSIONS REDUCTION TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE

Commercial Applications for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)

Confirmed Representative

Capital Power

  • Discussion of the Alberta Carbon Hub and the Genesee Carbon Capture Project (in collaboration with Enbridge) to capture 3MT of CO2
  • How can emissions capture be funded through storage or selling carbon for commercial use like cement?
  • Commercial application of carbon conversion technologies to enable near-zero emissions from natural gas generation
  • Update on the federal tax credit for capital invested in Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage

4:45

EMISSIONS REDUCTION TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE

Strategy Session: Calculating the Feasibility of Energy Storage Solutions for Renewable Energy

  • The latest on energy storage and dispatchable renewables to achieve 30 per cent renewables by 2030, and if they are needed, how they should be procured
  • Integration of energy storage into the AB market (impacts on consumers and competition)
  • Opportunities for energy storage technologies with long-duration batteries
  • Overall implications of growing DER (distributed energy resources) technologies connecting to the distribution grid
  • How distribution utilities will need to look at the two-way flows of power and effects on planning
  • Lessons learned from other jurisdictions

5:30
Closing Remarks and Day 1 adjourns

Day 2 - Thursday, September 22, 2022

8:30
Opening Remarks from the Conference Co-Chairs

Breanne Fox
Director,
Commercial Management & Carbon Technologies,

Capital Power

Sharleen Gatcha
Founder & CEO
Women+Power

8:35

Keynote

Net Zero Grid by 2035– How Can Industry Achieve This?
9:00
Exploring What is Driving the Corporate PPA Boom and How Companies Can Advance Green Renewable Targets

Nagwan Al-Guneid
Director
Business Renewables Centre Canada

  • What is needed to keep the boom in corporate PPAs moving? What is the future of off-setting emissions if there are fewer to off-set?
  • Exploring recent power purchase agreements with corporate buyers and the role that ESG has played in these decisions
  • Opportunities for these electricity projects to contribute to decarbonizing the grid and provide developers with greater financial certainty
  • Path to net zero – role of corporate PPA’s to achieve renewable goals
  • Exploring how Alberta can maintain its advantage in corporate PPA’s

9:45
How ESG Is Shaping Investment in the Power Sector

Bill Gilliland
Partner
Dentons Canada LLP

  • How are energy companies addressing the issue of net-zero emissions to further their climate targets and ESG?
  • Examining the increased focus on ESG in the energy sector, trends on the horizon
  • How can government help to align policy for low carbon investment? What policies are elevating disclosure and integration of ESG?
  • What is the role of sustainable finance to attract capital?

10:45
INNOVATION SPOTLIGHT
11:15

NET ZERO TECH HUB

Networking Refreshment Break in Expo Area

Join colleagues, clients and solution experts at our Net Zero Tech Hub where you can meet exhibitors for information and demonstrations of the latest technology innovations.
11:45
Protecting Canada’s Electricity Infrastructure Against Cyber Threats

Eóin Cooke
Vice President, Security & Information Services
AltaLink

Daniel Couillard
Director General, Program Evolution
Canadian Centre for Cyber Security

With ongoing and increasing concerns about cyber security for critical infrastructure this session will focus on Canada’s cyber security improvements and plans for protecting energy infrastructure.

  • Calculating risk thresholds for government and shareholders
  • Identifying disruption and calculating the amount of disruption, and mitigating disruption
  • Best practices and policies on handling ransomware
  • Evaluating commercial and professional liability on insurance policies

12:30
Networking Lunch for Delegates and Speakers
1:30
Advancing the Environmental, Social and Economic Benefits of Indigenous Clean Energy Partnerships

As companies face pressure to consider and implement ESG strategies, Indigenous partnerships can add economic and social benefits.

  • Highlighting the rapidly growing indigenous presence in renewables – solar, wind, hydro, storage
  • Successful partnerships with Indigenous communities as an essential strategy for energy transition
  • Insight into the market realities, requirements for investment and infrastructure for indigenous communities
  • How ESG and socially responsible investing from the private sector can support Indigenous-led clean energy projects

2:30
How to Meet Federal Expectations to Decarbonize the Grid with Regional Electricity Inter-Ties and Market Integration

Panel

Tim Weis
Industrial Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Executive Director, Electricity Research
Centre for Applied Business Research in Energy and the Environment, University of Alberta

Moderator

Matthew Davis
Director, Regulatory
Capital Power Corporation

  • With the goal to decarbonize the grid by 2035, what are the opportunities to integrate electricity infrastructure and markets across Canada? What are the challenges for Alberta?
  • Assessing the Federal budget $600M for electricity transmission upgrades and what is needed realistically; what is the true cost to upgrade?
  • How would the Pan-Canadian Grid Council work with the goal to establish national standards, best practices and incentives to promote infrastructure investments, smart grids, grid integration, and electricity sector innovation?
  • What could Canada learn from other jurisdictions?

3:30
Closing Remarks and Conference Concludes

Workshop A — The Fundamentals of Corporate PPA’s and Deep Dive on Contracting Pricing – Advantages and Disadvantages in the Renewable Energy Sector

Sep 20, 2022 9:00am – 12:30pm

What is it about?

(Registration opens at 8:30am)

Part 1 – Fundamentals of Corporate PPAs – how do PPAs work?
Part 2 – Drafting Contracts- what would your PPA contract look like?
Part 3 – Pricing Advantages and Disadvantages – buyers and sellers in a PPA transaction, tradeoffs between price and risk allocation

Under a corporate renewable PPA, a company or institution agrees to purchase electricity directly from a green energy generator. Power generated on the site feeds back into the grid, offsetting the amount of electricity consumed by that company.

Workshop B — How to Build Successful Indigenous Partnerships in Renewable Energy: Legal and Practical Considerations

Sep 20, 2022 1:30pm – 5:00pm

What is it about?

(Registration opens at 1:00pm)

This workshop will delve into Joint ventures, Consultation and Engagement, Employment Contracts, Memorandums of Understanding

  • How to structure agreements and build relationships with Indigenous groups
  • What are the important risks to consider from the perspective of a First Nation owner and developer/supplier?
  • How are First Nation owned projects typically financed and structured?
  • Options and practical strategies that would enable Indigenous investment and involvement in future energy projects