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WISE Public Lecture: Erik Veneman

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Changing Perspectives in Ontario’s Electricity Industry

Erik Veneman, Vice President, Innovation and Growth, Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc.

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This presentation will provide insight into Ontario’s electric grid, including its history to present day and where it’s headed in the future. Growing challenges include system capacity and weather events while technology that provides for two way power transfer and grid independence has the ability to address these and other future issues. The potential impact of greenhouse gas reduction will also be discussed. Finally, an overview of the various funding programs for renewable energy and GHG reduction projects will be provided.

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Erik Veneman has 25 years of experience in various management capacities with four different Ontario Local Distribution Companies (LDCs). Areas of expertise include Distribution Engineering, Operations, Stations, Control/Operating, Fleet, and Purchasing. Safety, as it applies to utility work and impacts to the public, has been a key area of focus throughout his career. Mr. Veneman is a licensed Professional Engineer and a graduate of McMaster University. Other current certifications include designated Master Electrician (Electrical Safety Authority) and Project Management Professional (Project Management Institute).

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