Actions and Detail Panel
Multiple Pathways to Clean Energy in Canada's Western Provinces
Mon, 8 May 2017, 6:00 PM – Wed, 10 May 2017, 5:00 PM CST
Canada’s four western provinces have strong resource-based economies contributing in a major way to their economic growth, employment, and support for social and health programs. Development of the region’s diverse mix of fossil, hydro, uranium and renewable resources, together with aggressive conservation and energy efficiency programs, characterize the region’s energy sector.
To advance the dialogue on the emerging energy-related opportunities and issues related thereto, the Energy Council of Canada and its member organizations from the public and private sector across the region have developed a conference on the theme Multiple Pathways to Clean Energy in Western Canada. The goals of the conference are to profile the policies and initiatives underway, to learn and better understand the “lessons learned” and the issues in play, and to find promising solutions as a step to making further progress towards achieving each jurisdiction’s goals.
Three broad topics will be covered, two pertaining to individual jurisdictions, and one involving an emerging regional opportunity.
1. Transformation of electricity generation
The diversity of the strategies and actions in each jurisdiction which are greening the generation mix will provide an excellent starting point for examining the progress to date, lessons learned, and the impacts to date of the transformations underway.
2. Climate Policy
Issues which will be discussed are the track record to date of emissions reductions, the impact on energy pricing, the interplay between provincial and national policies, the outlook for carbon policy in the future, and the impact and effectiveness of adaptation initiatives.
3. Regional collaboration to enhance the electricity grid
The opportunity agenda will be described and discussion will focus on developing the idea of a regional grid further, elements that need to be considered such as supply and demand synergies, costs, market control and regulation, and looking ahead, the critical path ahead.
Boundary Dam Site Tour
In addition, on May 10 you are invited to join us for a full-day site visit to SaskPower’s Boundary Dam project organized by SaskPower. This project is the world’s first fully integrated CO2 capture, use and storage project. Please note you must purchase a seperate ticket for this tour.
On behalf of the event Planning Committee, we look forward to your participation on May 8, 9 and 10.
With our best regards,
Guy Bruce, Chair, Planning Committee
Bryan Kneller, Chair, Program Committee
Graham Campbell, President, Energy Council of Canada