Pre-Conference Workshops

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

Speakers

Paula Olexiuk
Partner, Energy
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Dana Seric
Senior Counsel
Capital Power Corporation

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

Sep 20, 2022 1:30pm – 5:00pm

Speakers

Jeremy Barretto
Partner, Regulatory Environmental and Aboriginal Law
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Calvin Waquan
Indigenous Clean Energy Catalyst/Former Director
Mikisew Group of Companies

Day 1 - Wednesday, September 21, 2022

8:45
Opening Remarks from the Conference Co-chairs
9:00

PANEL

Assessing the Progress and Plans for Alberta to Achieve Net Zero
10:30
Networking Refreshment Break
11:00

DISRUPTOR PANEL

How New Technologies Are Disrupting the Traditional Utility Model
12:00
Unpacking the Economics of Rooftop Solar PV for Homes & Businesses
12:45
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
Networking Refreshment Break
3:35

EMISSIONS REDUCTION TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE

Strategy Session
4:35

EMISSIONS REDUCTION TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE

Commercial Applications for Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS)
5:15
Closing Remarks and Day 1 adjourns

Day 2 - Thursday, September 22, 2022

8:30
Opening Remarks from the Conference Co-Chairs
8:35
Keynote Address
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
Networking Refreshment Break
11:15
Protecting Canada’s Electricity Infrastructure Against Cyber Threats
12:00
Networking Lunch for Delegates and Speakers
1:00
Advancing the Environmental, Social and Economic Benefits of Indigenous Clean Energy Partnerships
2:00
Leveraging Opportunities to Decarbonize the Grid through Market Integration
3:15
Closing Remarks and Conference Concludes

Day 1 - Wednesday, September 21, 2022

8:45
Opening Remarks from the Conference Co-chairs

Sharleen Gatcha
Founder & CEO
Women+Power
Managing Director
Hestia Consulting

Breanne Fox
Director, Commercial Management & Carbon Technologies
Capital Power

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

Scott Perry
Vice President,
Business Development,

Greengate Power

Evan Wilson
Senior Director, Western Canada
Canadian Renewable Energy Association

Mark Summers
Chief Strategy Officer
Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA)

Moderator:

Michael Powell
Vice President, 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
Networking Refreshment Break
11:00

DISRUPTOR PANEL

How New Technologies Are Disrupting the Traditional Utility Model

Juval Bothe
Senior 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

12:00
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?

12:45
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
Networking Refreshment Break
3:35

EMISSIONS REDUCTION TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE

Strategy Session

Leonard Olien
Director, Energy Storage
CanREA

Craig Barnes
Founder,
Vice President – Development

Teric Power

Part 1: Calculating the Feasibility of Energy Storage Solutions for Renewable Energy

  • The latest on energy storage and dispatchable renewables to achieve 30 percent renewables by 2030, and if they are needed, how they should be procured
  • Integration of energy storage into the AB market
  • 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 its effects on planning
  • Lessons learned from other jurisdictions

Part 2: Determining the Best Approach for Battery Energy Storage Solutions

    This session will discuss the value of an end-to-end, long-term strategy for battery storage.
  • Assessing how storage is proliferating the power landscape
  • Examining battery complexity from a physical and financial perspective
  • The role of effective design, configuration, and operation to optimize successful storage

4:35

EMISSIONS REDUCTION TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE

Commercial Applications for Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS)

Derek Ebeling
Carbon Capture Manager – Genesee
Capital Power Corporation

Ryan Bourns
Business Strategy Development Manager
Carbon Upcycling Technologies

  • 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

5:15
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
Managing Director
Hestia Consulting

8:35
Keynote Address

Hon. Whitney Issik
Minister of Environment and Parks
Government of Alberta

9:00
Exploring What is Driving the Corporate PPA Boom and How Companies Can Advance Green Renewable Targets

Jason Wang
Analyst, Electricity
Pembina Institute

  • 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

Patrycja Drainville
Associate Director, Sustainable Finance, Scotia Capital Inc.
Scotiabank

  • 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
Networking Refreshment Break
11:15
Protecting Canada’s Electricity Infrastructure Against Cyber Threats

Daniel Couillard
Director General, Partnerships and Risk Mitigation (PRM)
Canadian Centre for Cyber Security

Monique Minvielle
Critical Infrastructure Analyst
RCMP

Moderator:

Eóin Cooke
Vice President,
Security & Information Services,

AltaLink

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

12:00
Networking Lunch for Delegates and Speakers
1:00
Advancing the Environmental, Social and Economic Benefits of Indigenous Clean Energy Partnerships

Guy Lonechild
CEO
First Nations Power Authority

Chana Martineau
Chief Executive Officer
Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation

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

2:00
Leveraging Opportunities to Decarbonize the Grid through Market Integration

Panel

Stuart Mueller
Associate Director
E3 Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc.

Andre Bernier
Director General, ERB
Natural Resources Canada

Nick Schumacher
Analyst, Clean Energy and Decarbonization
Pembina Institute

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’s additional $600M for the Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program and $250M to support pre-development activities of clean electricity projects of national significance, including 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?

3:15
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

Paula Olexiuk
Partner, Energy
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Dana Seric
Senior Counsel
Capital Power Corporation

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

Jeremy Barretto
Partner, Regulatory Environmental and Aboriginal Law
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Calvin Waquan
Indigenous Clean Energy Catalyst/Former Director
Mikisew Group of Companies

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