April 2, 2013 – National Renewable Energy Forum Agenda

8:30 a.m. – Coffee & Registration

9:00 a.m. – Chair’s Opening Remarks
Chair: Adrienne Baker, Director, Canadian Clean

9:05 a.m. – Opening keynote: The Honourable Peter Kent, P.C., M.P.,
Minister of the Environment


9:30 a.m. – Opening Panel: The Role of Renewables in Canada’s Energy Future

This opening panel will comprise experts in public relations, politics, economics and stakeholder communications to examine how the renewables industry can gain traction at the public and policy levels.

  • What is the current perception of renewables and what needs to change?
  • Understanding the economic trends shaping Canada’s energy market
  • Reshaping the narrative for renewable energy and gaining social license
  • How have other industries succeeded in boosting their public image?
  • What next steps should renewables take to build its voice and influence?

Chair: Adrienne Baker, Director, Canadian Clean
John Clinton, CEO, Edelman Canada
David Herle, Principal Partner, The Gandalf Group
Dr. Robert Page, Director, Enbridge Centre for Corporate Sustainability
Merran Smith, Director of Clean Energy Canada, Tides Canada
Don Roberts, Vice Chairman, CIBC World Markets Inc. 


10.30 a.m. – Session 1: BC Power Policy and Prospects

While a call for power is much anticipated from British Columbia, a lot of questions remain about the timing and size of the opportunity for renewables here. Recent policy decisions including the declaration that natural gas is “clean” if used to supply BC’s new liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities and the extension of BC Hydro’s Integrated Resource Plan to August 2013 have called into question the medium-term opportunities in the province. This session will bring together experts in the BC energy market and politics to discuss the pressures and drivers shaping the energy landscape and how this spring’s provincial election outcomes could shape the opportunities out West.

  • What are the various parties’ stances on renewables and who is leading in the polls?
  • Analysing how different election outcomes will influence energy policy and renewables procurement
  • Expert views on the technologies and procurement mechanisms favoured by political parties
  • What other key factors are shaping the opportunities for renewables in BC?
  • What is the latest update on plans for liquefied natural gas facilities?
  • How can the renewable energy industry maximize the opportunity to participate in new generation?
  • What lessons can be learned from previous call for powers?

Chair: Georges Arbache, Vice President – Global Infrastructure Advisory – Transactions & Restructuring Group, KPMG 
Michael Goehring, Vice-President, National Public Relations
John Carson, CEO, Alterra Power
Resja Campfens, Vice President, Sea Breeze Power Corp.
Jason Bak, CEO, Director & Founder, Finavera Wind Energy 


11:20 a.m. – Networking Break

11:50 a.m. – Session 2: Utilities: Strategic Responses to Renewables Integration

Gain critical insight into how utilities are weighing the benefits and costs of renewable energy during this strategic panel with top utility executives from across North America. This session will examine how utilities are managing and investing in renewable energy projects and the challenges of grid integration and interconnection issues.

  • Insight on how utilities view the best generation mix for their market
  • How are utilities analysing the pros and cons of renewables?
  • Examples from markets that have successfully integrated renewables
  • Evolving plans for renewables integration and system balancing

Chair: David Butters, President and CEO, Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO) 
Guy Bruce, Vice President of  Planning, SaskPower
John Rilett, Director, Residential Market Development, ENMAX Corporation
Diana Drysdale, VP Renewables, PSEG, President PSEG Solar Source (New Jersey)
John Charlton, Manager, Open Access Transmission, Nova Scotia Power

12:40 p.m. – Networking Lunch


1:50 p.m. – Session 3: Could a Feed-In Tariff work in Quebec?

The new government in Quebec has reaffirmed the province’s commitment to renewable energy. The current energy policy is under review and a power strategy beyond 2015 is being developed. A new 700MW RFP for wind is also eagerly anticipated. With the province in consultation mode there is a real opportunity for the renewables sector to help shape the future energy landscape. This session will bring together suppliers, developers and energy market experts to discuss policy, power and renewables market potential in Quebec.

  • Experts views on the potential for additional renewable energy procurement in Quebec – what are the key factors driving the provincial energy market?
  • What shape should the next procurement program take – a FIT, RFPs – a combination?
  • Could a FIT program be tailored for the Quebec market in terms of size and project types?
  • Insight from developers and suppliers on the strengths and weaknesses of previous RFPs
  • What needs to happen to sustain and grow Quebec’s wind manufacturing base?
  • Ideas on how to include solar, bioenergy and small hydro in future energy plans

Chair: Marc-Antoine Renaud, Business & Development Manager, Enercon Canada
Patrick Lemaire, President and Chief Executive Officer, Boralex
Helmut Herold, Managing Director, REpower Systems Inc.
Peter Clibbon, Vice President, RES Canada
Alex Couture, Director of Development, EDF EN Canada


2:40 p.m. – Keynote Presentation: Alberta Renewable Energy Policy Development
Alberta is engaging with stakeholders to discuss the development of its Alternative and Renewable Energy Policy and this presentation will provide the latest update on the consultation and next steps
Susan Carlisle, Director, Alternative Energy Electricity, Alternative Energy & Carbon Capture and Storage Division, Department of Energy, Government of Alberta

3:00 p.m. - Session 4: Understanding the Evolving Picture for Renewables

The combination of growing energy demand in the province and the need for carbon intensive industries to offset emissions make renewables an attractive and necessary proposition for Alberta. The government is now developing and consulting on its Alternative and Renewable Energy Strategy and Premier Alison Redford has vocalized her support for renewables in her vision for a national energy strategy. This session will bring together developers and provincial market experts to discuss the real potential for renewables in Alberta.

  • What would the renewable energy industry like to see from Alberta’s renewable energy strategy?
  • What are the main drivers shaping this policy and how can renewables shape the outcome?
  • What have been the main barriers for success for developers in the province?
  • How are deregulated electricity prices opening up opportunities for renewables?
  • How are transmission upgrades progressing and how will they expand wind opportunities?
  • Ideas on how to develop a new carbon pricing policy that will drive more projects

Chair: Kris Hodgson, Board Member, Alberta Clean Technology Industry Alliance
Michael Carten, Chairman & CEO, Sustainable Energy Technologies Ltd
Dan Balaban, President and Chief Executive Officer, Greengate Power
Michael Petersen, Director of Development, Acciona
Mike Dilworth, Vice President and Country Manager, SunEdison

3:50 p.m. – Networking Break


4:20 p.m. – Session 5: Provincial Policy Engagement: The Government Relations Inside Track

The lack of certainty and direction on energy policy in Canada is the biggest hurdle for the renewable energy industry. This session will convene top government relations experts whose job it is to understand the drivers behind and the shape of provincial energy policies long before announcements are made. These experts will discuss how provincial governments are weighing their energy options and what the industry should do to position itself given these considerations.

  • How can the renewables industry help shape policies in key markets where there will be load growth?
  • Key considerations for provincial governments in considering renewables vs. other energy sources – i.e. which policy aims might be matched by renewables procurement?
  • How are federal rules to reduce coal-fired electricity influencing provincial energy plans?
  • Analyzing the potential outcomes for renewables from spring elections in BC and the future of procurement in Ontario

Chair: Don Huff, President, Environmental Communication Options
Christopher Holz, Principal, Campbell Strategies
Chris Benedetti, Principal, Sussex Strategy Group
David Timm, Vice President, Strategic Affairs, GDF SUEZ Canada Inc.
Hando Kang, Senior Director, International Affairs and Communications, SkyPower Global

5:10 p.m. – Networking Drinks Reception