October 24-25, 2023, Calgary, Alberta

2022 Show Floor Sessions


Time

Session Title

Description

Speaker

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

11:00-

11:30 AM

Session

To Be Announced


Cell

11:30-

12:00 PM

Building a Diverse and Equitable Clean Energy Workforce in Canada

To meet Canada’s ambitious clean energy goals, we need to build a diverse and equitable workforce to aid in the transition. Workforce development requires partnerships between the industry, local organizations and educational programs, unions, and provinces to hire and train workers. It is important to identify and educate workers now to meet surging demand in the rest of the decade and beyond. At Vestas, we seek to ensure that the promise of wind energy is widely shared among different constituencies in Canada, especially for wind turbine technicians, which is one of the fastest growing jobs in Canada. To accelerate and provide a roadmap to the diversification of our technician talent, Vestas has entered a partnership with Women Building Futures (WBF), a social purpose organization supporting women through industry-recognized training in skilled trades. WBF and Vestas worked together to build a custom training program that will support women beginning a career as a wind turbine technician. Our first cohort in 2022 saw 10 women successfully completing the program, and all were offered immediate employment at various Vestas-serviced wind farms across Canada. The vision of this partnership is to inspire positive economic and social change for women, particularly those who are underemployed, working multiple jobs, and still unable to make ends meet. The goal is to increase women’s earning potential and create economic resiliency by connecting them to career opportunities in the renewable energy sector.

Jodie Fyk, Senior Operations Manager, Vestas

2:00-

2:30 PM

Approaches for Reducing Bat Mortality, Does One Size Fit All?

The cumulative impact of wind energy-related fatalities could result in hoary bat population declines across North America, depending on hoary bat population size, population growth rate, and future wind energy deployment. Hoary and other bat mortality at wind-energy projects is of increasing concern to research biologists and natural resource agencies across Canada and the United States. A growing number of Canada provincial and U.S. state natural resource agencies are recommending blanket curtailment to reduce bat mortality. Blanket curtailment slows or stops blade rotation and energy production on low wind speed nights (when most bat fatalities occur) and is informed only by wind speed and time of year, and effectively reduces bat mortality, but may result in unnecessary losses in energy production because bat mortality does not occur every night. We will review the latest research that examines the effectiveness of various approaches, important operational and installation considerations, and the state of readiness for each approach. We will also highlight two of the newer approaches that hold promise for use in both the U.S. and Canada, including optimized smart curtailment that explicitly accounts for the cost of lost energy production, and a regional approach for predicting bat mortality by measuring the passage of larger scale weather systems. We also will describe opportunities for wind farm operators and researchers in the U.S. and Canada to collaborate and improve mortality prediction.

Cell

2:30-

3:00 PM

Grow Your Business with CanREA and Capitalize on Canada’s $50 Billion Renewable Energy Opportunity

This decade represents a potential $50+ Billion investment opportunity for Canada’s renewable energy industry and CanREA aims to unlock it. CanREA is advocating for the deployment of 30+ GW of new wind and solar energy, by 2030, as the best way to meet Canada’s net-zero climate change targets. Meet the CanREA Membership Team and find out how you can capitalize on this opportunity to benefit your company and engage with CanREA to help shape Canada’s energy future.

Cell

3:00-

3:30 PM

The Grid-of-Grids Energy Network

Doing for energy what the Internet did for Information

If you've seen one microgrid, you've only seen one microgrid. The leveraged value of microgrids comes when they are interconnected into mini-grid-like networks.  Adding shared local resources and a final connection to the bulk grid makes the perfect solution to issues of power surety, resiliency and lowest cost.  This presentation will explain how individual microgrids can be interconnected into multi-tier networks in neighborhoods and communities.  The generation and storage assets can be on either side of the meter and either privately or utility owned.

Tim Martinson, President, EMerge Alliance 

3:30-

4:00 PM

Risks and Returns

Companies face more pressure than ever from banks, public and government to decarbonize, what role will corporate PPA's play, what challenges do you see and how do we work through those challenges? Insurance has most recently been a challenge from a price and capacity perspective. What role do insurers need to play in supporting the energy transition? What are the challenges? How do we get through them?

Jen Aitchison, SVP, Marsh

Thursday, October 27, 2022

11:00-

11:30 AM

Accelerating Investment in Grid-Scale Power Projects

The Transition Accelerator is undertaking a multi-stakeholder electrification pathways project to define a positive net-zero future that is grounded in real-world conditions. A key element of an electrified future is developing and financing grid-scale power projects. Informed by the findings of the Accelerator’s Macrogrid Financing Roundtable, this discussion will explore pathways analysis and key recommendations related to the regulatory environment, procurement, risk-allocation models and policy drivers that may reduce uncertainty and accelerate grid-scale investment. The discussion is aligned with the conference event’s aims to enable increased corporate procurement of renewable energy, by facilitating investment in future energy projects in Canada.

Paisley Sim, Canada Grid Lead, The Transition Accelera-tor

11:30-

12:00 PM

Session To Be Announced



2:00-

2:30 PM

Hybrid AC/DC  and DC Microgrids
Simple Design/Build Configuration Tools

Grid Edge microgrids will be where significant new electricity generation capacity will be installed.  But acheiving sustainable designs for them can be a daunting challenge in a period of rapidly emerging technologies and ideal interconnection topologies. Just knowing whether components from various vendors are compatible and interoperable from a power flow and safety standpoint is difficult.  Finding the right components can take hour of research online or through catalogues and equipment tear-sheets.  Multiply this challenge when it comes to increasingly popular dc couped microgrids.  The solution?  A easy-to-use configurator, that not only helps design the system, but creates one-lines, BOMs, does power flow quantification and analysis, and creates a true digital twin that can guide operational, economic, upgrade, and maintenance decisions. This presentation will describe and demonstrate just such an open-source  "microgrid configurator."

Cell

2:30-

3:00 PM

Using Content to Boost Online Presence and Sales

How do you boost sales? By educating your audience so that when they finally convert, they convert as a high-quality lead. 

This presentation will cover how you can use online platforms and processes—including social media, blogs, targeted ads, videos and webinars—to engage with your audience. How you will know you are on the right track and if metrics (analytics) tell the whole story. Finally, we’ll review how to create content that doesn’t feel like an ad.

Derick Lila, PV Buzz

3:00-

3:30 PM

Electricity Generation Development Pathways for Net-Zero Grid Decarboniza-tion in the Western Canadian Interconnect

If you've seen one microgrid, you've only seen one microgrid. The leveraged value of microgrids comes when they are interconnected into mini-grid-like networks.  Adding shared local resources and a final connection to the bulk grid makes the perfect solution to issues of power surety, resiliency and lowest cost.  This presentation will explain how individual microgrids can be interconnected into multi-tier networks in neighborhoods and communities.  The generation and storage assets can be on either side of the meter and either privately or utility owned.

Richard Hendriks

3:30-

4:00 PM

Session To Be Announced



Friday, October 28, 2022

11:00-

11:30 AM

Decarbonizing Canada's Remote Communities

KHFN (Kwikwasut'inuxw Haxwa'mis First Nation) is a remote island community in British Columbia.  Charge Solar engaged with the community to substantially reduce the cost and carbon footprint of energy on the island by developing a hybrid microgrid with solar, battery energy storage system (BESS), upgraded diesel generation and related switchgear. Based on the site assessments, existing PV technology, the new generator and computer modelling; it is expected that the addition of a 220kW array with 250kW, 1100kWh battery energy storage system will reduce the community’s diesel consumption by approximately 92,000 Liters. The presentation will focus on the project and control challenges and focus on replicability and scalability for remote locations.

Ed Knaggs, VP, Charge Solar

11:30-

12:00 PM

Holistic Mindset for Resilient Power Generation

Detested to loved solar and battery project, that is the story of the EL Smith Water Treatment Plant smart grid. Shortly after Stantec started the detailed design, the project was cancelled for two years due to community and government pushback. And through the process of community engagement and brainstorming the project was re-started in 2020 after the addition of several innovations that improve the social, environmental, and economic aspects of the project. This complex 13.6MWac Solar + 4MWh Battery project connected directly to a critical facility is unique in Canada. The design incorporates a pollinator field for bees and butterflies in the solar array area, a wildlife corridor, a community education center on renewable energy and local wildlife, respects archeological artifact findings onsite, and is designed to withstand the 1 in 500-year flood from the adjacent North Saskatchewan River. Designs that consider a triple bottom line (social, environmental, and economic) are more interesting and better for the community.

Jose Walsh Duarte, Technical Practice Leader, Stantec

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