Tuesday, April 19th at the Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street, Toronto
More than two hundred business leaders, entrepreneurs and policy makers who are shaping Canada’s energy future will gather on June 19th at the fourth annual National Energy Roundtable in Toronto for discussions on The Future of Utilities.
Canada is uniquely positioned to be an energy power, yet to achieve its potential, it must do better at implementing new energy systems and technologies and establishing norms for inter provincial energy cooperation. As the country’s energy needs expand, a thoughtful path forward that includes an energy mix that provides grid integrity, affordable electricity, heating and transportation. With carbon regulations rolling out across Canada, the business case for technological innovation and energy management is stronger than ever. Canada’s electricity generation alone, 80% of which is GHG free, requires $350 billion in investment over the next twenty years to replace aging infrastructure and develop the next generation of energy systems.
The National Energy Roundtable will explore the role of utilities in facilitating innovation and economic growth, while addressing the impacts of climate change via the electrification of the economy. The conference will convene prominent members of the energy ecosystem for thought-provoking panel discussions on:
A principal goal of the conference is to promote thoughtful dialogue between business and government officials from across the country on the responsibilities, challenges and opportunities in this space to help facilitate informed public policy and decision-making.
Now in its fourth year, The National Energy Roundtable convenes prominent members of the energy ecosystem for thought-provoking discussion on the important issues and opportunities of our time.
Tuesday, April 19th – Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street, Toronto
|8:30 am||Registration opens. Light breakfast served|
|9:00 am||Welcome by Monica Rovers, Head of Energy Business Development, Toronto Stock Exchange|
|9:05 am||Energy Ministers panel. Interviewed by Tom Clark, Vice Chair, Global Public Affairs|
|9:45 am||Session I: The modern utility
20% of Canada’s energy needs are powered by electricity and complex work is ongoing with rate-focused regulators to spur innovation and growth. However, organic expansion can be challenging and larger utilities are seeking growth by swallowing up smaller companies outside their home regions. In so doing, utilities can gain a competitive edge through M&A but will have to convince regulators that the transactions will produce meaningful efficiencies and synergies that deliver benefits for ratepayers and investors, while improving transmission and distribution networks. The panel will explore key trends and developments underlying the electric and natural gas utility sector, including drivers of M&A activity (and insights into what recent deals reveal about the future of the sector), transition and integration planning, helping to meet climate targets, supporting shifts in types of transport and in the development of remote regions and cross border energy trade.
|10:45 am||Networking break|
|11:15 am||Session II: Disruption in the power and utilities sector
We live in an age of disruption – when new technology and behavioural shifts that would have seemed unimaginable even a few years ago are transforming the way we live. Responding to disruption has become one of the biggest strategy imperatives facing today’s business leaders and policy makers. Surviving and thriving in a rapidly changing power and utilities sector isn’t simply about the importance of demand and new fuel sources, or about regulatory and societal pressures. Its about envisioning different futures and then responding accordingly when disruptions have the potential to upend core beliefs. Energy storage technologies are an example of a disrupter that can help ensure lasting energy security through a balance between supply and demand that allows energy systems to function efficiently. The panel will examine how utilities and disruptors are addressing technical challenges and contributing to a lasting transformation of the energy sector.
|12:15 pm||Luncheon with keynote speaker tbc|
|1:45 pm||Afternoon address. Speaker tbc|
|2:30 pm||Session III: Consumer driven energy systems
Energy systems increasingly recognize consumers as drivers of change and place local utilities at the centre as they leverage new technologies to increase efficiency, reliability, introduce high quality services and reduce GHGs. Local utilities increasingly own, operate and integrate distributed energy resources into their systems better meet consumer needs while augmenting the bulk power grid. The grid is evolving from one designed for unidirectional flows of electricity to the consumer to one that also integrates intermittent generation from the consumer. Gaining an understanding of consumer adoption of new technologies such as solar and electric vehicles is essential, as these and other distributed energy resources introduce increased variability in the supply and demand relationship for energy. The panel will explore how to unlock technological benefits and encourage investment and innovation in areas that will forever change the way consumers use energy.
|3:30 pm||Close by Jason Langrish, President, The Energy Roundtable|
Photos from the 2017 National Energy Roundtable