October 26-28, 2022, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Thank you for your interest in submitting an abstract for Electricity Transformation Canada. The Call for Abstracts is now closed. Please consult the information below for important instructions including timeline, submission requirements, session topics, presentation format and speaker information.

TIMELINE

Abstract submissions: Closed

Notification to submitters: by the end of July 2022, via email

Speaker agreement form deadline: Friday, August 26, 2022

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Submitter contact information: Name, title, organization, contact information

Abstract information: Topic, title, abstract (200-300 words)

Primary author details: Name, title, organization, email

Secondary author details: Name, title, organization, email

PRESENTATION FORMAT

Each ETC program session will be 45 minutes in length and have two to four speakers. Each speaker will have ten to 20 minutes for their presentation (the amount of time will vary depending on the number of speakers in each session). A ten- to 15-minute question and answer period will conclude the session.

Only one speaker per abstract will participate in the presentation and be acknowledged in the Conference Program. Co-authors can be listed in the speaker’s PowerPoint presentation.

SESSION TOPICS

Below is a list of session topics for which ETC is currently seeking abstracts. Suggested keywords have been included, but authors are welcome to expand on this list. In an effort to ensure that ETC sessions are current and fresh, we invite all authors to highlight the “new and exciting” elements of their submission.

Decarbonizing Canada’s electricity grid by 2035

The Federal Government has made a commitment to put in place a Clean Electricity Standard to support Canada’s transition to a net-zero electricity grid by 2035. What are the challenges and opportunities associated with such a transition? How can we minimize the costs and maximize the reliability of the electricity grid emerging from the transition? What actions are required from governments, utilities, system operators and regulators to make it happen? We are interested in receiving abstracts for presentations that explore these questions in any of the following regions of Canada:

· Atlantic Canada

· Alberta / Saskatchewan

· Ontario

The role of energy storage in decarbonizing Canada’s electricity grid

Decarbonizing the grid and achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in Canada by 2050 will require a massive expansion in wind and solar energy generation in Canada. What role can energy storage play in providing services to the electricity system that will improve affordability and ensure reliability through this transition? How much, and what types of energy storage, will be required? What actions are required from governments, utilities, system operators and regulators to make it happen? We are interested in receiving abstracts for presentations that explore these questions.

The role of community/rooftop solar in decarbonizing Canada’s electricity grid

Distributed energy resources like community / rooftop solar have the potential to play a critical role in decarbonizing the grid and enabling Canada to meet its commitment to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. What is the scale of contribution these technologies can make? What additional benefits can result from the deployment of these technologies beyond greenhouse gas emissions reduction? What actions are required from governments, utilities, system operators and regulators to make it happen? We are interested in receiving abstracts for presentations that explore these questions.

Renewable energy and the electrification of transportation

It is increasingly clear that electricity will replace combustion of fossil fuels as the key energy source powering many different forms of transportation. What are the implications of the electrification of transportation for future electricity demand? What challenges does this pose for the electricity system?

How can the electrification of transportation support the deployment and integration of renewable energy? What actions are required from governments, utilities, system operators and regulators to make it happen? We are interested in receiving abstracts for presentations that explore these questions.

The role of green hydrogen in moving Canada to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions

Green hydrogen is generated through electrolysis from renewable energy. While there is no doubt green hydrogen will play a role in Canada’s journey to net-zero, it is unclear what that role will be. How much hydrogen will be required for Canada to get to net-zero? How competitive will green hydrogen be in meeting that need? How much renewable energy would be needed to produce that green hydrogen? What actions are required from governments, utilities, system operators and regulators to make it happen? We are interested in receiving abstracts for presentations that explore these questions.

The role of electricity in heating and cooling Canada’s building stock

The heating and cooling of buildings are a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. What is the potential for electricity to provide these services instead of fossil fuels? Can heat pumps compete with natural gas? What are the potential implications for electricity demand? What actions are required from governments, utilities, system operators and regulators to make it happen? We are interested in receiving abstracts for presentations that explore these questions.

The role of renewable energy in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in heavy industry

Industrial processes (e.g., production of cement, steel, aluminum, etc.) are a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. As these sectors work to decarbonize, what is the potential role of electricity in that process? Is the primary opportunity associated with electrification of the production of hydrogen? What is the scale of the opportunity? What actions are required from governments, utilities, system operators and regulators to make it happen? We are interested in receiving abstracts for presentations that explore these questions.

Enabling corporate  procurement of renewable energy

Corporate commitments to procure renewable energy, driven by cost considerations and ESG goals, are a major driver for renewable energy investment globally. In Canada, it has been a key driver of renewable energy development in Alberta, but a variety of barriers stand in the way of corporate driven renewable energy procurement in other parts of the country. Increasingly, corporate pressure is forcing governments, utilities, and regulators in other parts of the country to innovate to enable this demand to be met. What are some of the emerging success stories in this regard? What additional actions could be taken? How much new renewable energy development is required to meet corporate demand? We are interested in receiving abstracts for presentations that explore these questions.

SPEAKER INFORMATION

Confirmation of Participation: All accepted abstract authors will be required to complete and return the speaker agreement form to confirm their participation as a session speaker. Forms will be sent via the acceptance email and must be returned no later than Friday, August 26, 2022. If participation has not been confirmed by this date, the speaking slot will be offered to an alternate speaker.

Conference Registration: Conference speakers will be provided with complimentary registration to the event. Upon receipt of the signed speaker agreement form, a special code will be issued allowing speakers to complete their conference registration free of charge. Speakers will not be reimbursed for travel or accommodations.

Preparatory Conference Call: Prior to the event, all speakers are required to participate in a conference call with their session moderator and fellow speakers. These calls will take place at the beginning of October. The call will allow speakers to develop and modify their presentations, with input from fellow speakers and the session moderator, in order to ensure a well-rounded session and discussion.

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Canadian Renewable Energy Association

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