Join leaders for the third annual National Energy Roundtable conference: Energy transition to a lower carbon world on Tuesday, May 30th at the Design Exchange in Toronto.
The National Energy Roundtable convenes investors, entrepreneurs, corporates, policymakers, and other prominent members of the energy ecosystem for thought-provoking discussion on the important issues and opportunities of our time.
Canada is uniquely positioned to be an energy power – an open democracy that is home to vast resources and types of energy. To achieve its potential, further work is required, including establishing norms for multi-jurisdictional energy projects and the creation of a national energy framework that benefits of all Canadians. The federal government, provinces (save Saskatchewan) and territories made headway recently, agreeing to national carbon emissions targets and helping advance the development critical energy infrastructure.
The third annual National Energy Roundtable will examine the strategies and technologies that will allow Canada to decarbonize in ways that are beneficial to the economy. Topics will include:
Photos from the 2016 National Energy Roundtable
Tuesday, May 30th – Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street, Toronto
|MC:||Andy Bell, Anchor, Business News Network|
|8:50 am||A conversation with Glenn Thibeault, Ontario Minister of Energy and Pierre Arcand, Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources (invited)|
|9:30 am||Session I: Opportunities in electrification
Carbon regulations are rolling out across Canada. The business case for technological innovation and energy management is stronger than ever. Canada’s electricity sector has reduced emissions by 30% since 2005 and 80% of its electricity generation is GHG free. $350 billion in investment over the next twenty years is required to replace aging infrastructure and develop the next generation of energy systems. Alberta and Saskatchewan are a new frontier for the renewable energy industry – up to 7000 MW of new supply could be developed over the next 15 years. At present, 20% of Canada’s energy needs are powered by electricity and more work with rate-focused regulators is required to spur innovation. The panel will explore the potential of electrification to meet climate targets, transport needs, develop remote regions and to facilitate cross border trade.
Hon. Margaret McCuaig-Boyd, Alberta Minister of Energy – invited
|11:30 am||Session II: A Canadian gas strategy
As Canada’s energy needs expand, reducing GHG emissions requires a thoughtful path forward that includes an energy mix that provides base load electrification, transport and heating. Natural gas is inexpensive, flexible and relatively clean and can play a significant role in reducing Canada’s carbon footprint. Western Canadian natural gas exports to the US are dropping and in the major eastern Canadian markets, western natural gas competes against supplies from the U.S., importing almost 800,000 million cubic feet of natural gas in 2015. Canadian natural gas can serve markets in eastern Canada using existing infrastructure. The session will explore how Canada can pursue a gas strategy that helps to green the grid and reduce emissions from heating and transportation.
|Luncheon with remarks by Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment – invited
Peter Tertzakian, Managing Director and Chief Economist, ARC Resources – invited
|2:15 pm||Session III: Carbon – what are the business opportunities?
Pricing carbon and other GHGs addresses the market failure inherent in an economy that doesn’t price damaging emissions. This is the public case for carbon taxes and cap and trade. But where specifically are the business opportunities? To make money out of cap and trade or a carbon tax, the simple message is to reduce your energy consumption. But this process isn’t straight-forward for heavy energy users and business with operations in jurisdictions with varying carbon pricing regimes. The incorporation of IT into energy planning and systems is a path forward and is driving dramatic improvements in energy management processes and technologies, including clean tech, energy storage, smart grids, decentralized generation, transportation and heating and building design. The session will explore the opportunities, and challenges, of addressing carbon in the energy sector.
|Close by Jason Langrish, President, The Energy Roundtable