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Emerging Energy Trends Conference

May 29, 2017 | By |

A one-day forum exploring the future of energy in Ontario

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How is Ontario’s energy sector being affected by technological disruption? How can consumers, providers and regulators best address opportunities and challenges presented by emerging technologies, from generation and storage to conservation and local distribution?

At a time of rapid technological change, all energy sector stakeholders need to be prepared for what is coming. Join a discussion with leading international experts that builds on Mowat Energy’s recent Emerging Energy Trends research. This conference will lay the groundwork for fresh and innovative thinking about how Ontario’s energy sector can respond to recent technological developments, and future ones already on the horizon, to ensure all Ontarians benefit.

Sessions

Session 1: Regional Energy Planning
Session 2: Ratemaking and Distributed Energy Resources
Session 3: Utility Business Models
Session 4: Policy and Regulatory Evolution

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Agenda

Master of Ceremonies

Sean Conway, Ryerson University

8:45 am – 9:00 am

Welcome Address: Placing Distributed Energy Resources into the Ontario Energy Context

Paul Sommerville, Mowat Centre
9:00 am – 10:30 am

Session 1: Regional Energy Planning

Regional energy planning is becoming a crucial consideration in the regulatory and operating environment. This panel will examine who needs to participate, how system concerns should be reflected in energy planning, and how other forms of local and regional planning – such as land-use and transportation – could be integrated into it.

Moderator:
George Vegh, McCarthy Tétrault

Speakers:
Fernando Carou, City of Toronto
Richard Laszlo, QUEST
Scott Stevens, Northland Power
Joe Toneguzzo, IESO
Sarah Van Der Paelt, Union Gas
10:45 am – 12:00

Session 2: Ratemaking and Distributed Energy Resources

Valuing distributed energy resources (DER) properly is crucial to ensuring the efficient planning and operation of the energy system. Yet there are questions as to how exactly DER should be valued, what considerations need to be included, and how granular the rates should be. This panel will also examine how to ensure that full costs and benefits of any DER installations are taken into account.

Moderator:
Robert Warren, WeirFoulds

Speakers:
Ira Shavel, Brattle Group Presentation
Indy J. Butany-DeSouza, Alectra
Kaleb Ruch, Toronto Hydro
Geoff Osborne, NRStor
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Session 3: Utility Business Models

The durability of the current business model governing energy utilities in an evolving distributed future is at issue. This panel will examine the role of the franchised utility in the future, and the implications of new business models for utilities, ratepayers and potential competitors.

Moderator:
Jay Shepherd, Shepherd Rubenstein

Speakers:
Ken Costello, National Regulatory Research Institute
Steve McGill, Enbridge Gas
Gord Reynolds, Spark Solar
Gregory Van Dusen, Hydro Ottawa
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Session 4: Policy and Regulatory Evolution

The future of energy will require an evolution in energy policy and regulation. Transparency and consumer rights may become larger issues, as well as how to respond to changes in technology and utility business models. This panel will consider how policy and regulation could co-exist and work together to ensure that all stakeholders can benefit from the evolution of the sector.

Moderator:
Cynthia Chaplin

Speakers:
Teresa Sarkesian, Electricity Distributors Association
Julie Girvan, Consumers Council of Canada
David Collie, Electrical Safety Authority
Sarah Petrevan, Clean Energy Canada

Details

May 29, 2017
8:00 – 4:00pm
MaRs Discovery District
101 College St. W., Toronto, ON

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