The electricity sector in Ontario and indeed around the world is undergoing a profound change. The emphasis on moving to a low carbon economy, the availability of new technologies to generate, transmit and distribute electricity, and the changing needs of their customers will reshape utilities. Regulators recognize the need to adapt regulation, including the way electricity is priced. The presentation will focus on how the Ontario Energy Board is looking at electricity pricing, particularly the Regulated Price Plan Roadmap and reforms of the design of electricity distribution rates, so that electricity is priced in a way that increases system efficiency and gives customers the control they want.
Connectivity everywhere – from the grid to the home – means more data than ever before. Leverage big data and analytics to their fullest across your organization for improved decision-making. Develop an action plan to:
Get the most of your data through a mature analytical capacity.
Set the tone for the rest of the conference by networking with your peers. Quick rotations will help you break the ice and get to know fellow executives. Bring your business cards, make the right connections, and build exclusive knowledge.
One-on-one conversation often results in valuable take-aways – after all, two heads are better than one!
In California, the Clean Energy Goals has paved the way for utility-scale photovoltaic, storage, and electric vehicle integration. Gain an outlook on the grid integration and business value you can achieve by working with tech companies and the government. Learn to collaborate by:
Benefit from renewable technology by pooling your resources.
NB Power is currently undergoing two demand response pilot programs with smart thermostats. Gain insight from their experience into how you can implement a load-shifting program. Enhance your project success with lessons learned on:
Optimize the capacity of your grid with effective demand response programs.
Storage is becoming available to utilities and customers alike. While not yet cost-effective, Tesla and others are advancing in the industry. Realize the benefits of storage technology to your utility, including:
Improve customer satisfaction and reliability by activating your storage potential.
For the first time, the electric power system and the business models around it are truly in flux. As power generation becomes more decentralized and intermittent, fossil-fuel power plants go offline, and consumers demand increased engagement, utilities will need solutions for capacity and reliability resources. Intelligent energy storage has demonstrated its power to transform our energy future in an unprecedented way – while maintaining a strong and reliable electrical grid.
Delegates will split into groups for in-depth discussion and brainstorming.
Electricity supply is changing, with storage, demand response and conservation playing a bigger part of our energy future. Comprehend what the IESO is doing to manage this changing supply mix, and what it means for you. Create a framework to guide your business.
Review IESO policies and their impact on your utility.
The utility business model is changing in the face of competition and consolidation. Guide your utility to adapt and transform into a 21st century business. This is a must-attend session featuring four C-level executives. Tap into their collective wisdom and experience on:
Ensure your utility maintains relevance and competitiveness in the future.
Super storms and polar vortices have wreaked havoc on the energy grid and disrupted supply forecasting. Minimize the impact of weather on your customers by improving resilience and anticipating disruptions where possible. Source strategies to:
Explore your ideas to handle weather-related emergencies effectively.
From 1995 through 2014, Enbridge’s efficiency and conservation programs have saved 9.6 billion cubic metres of natural gas. That’s the equivalent of 18 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, or taking 3.5 million cars off the road for a year. Hear other ways natural gas can be a part of the long term solution for lower carbon emissions at your organization. Create a roadmap for:
Work with your customers to implement energy efficiency programs.
Every day the capital plan changes and requires re-planning because of emergent work, shifting priorities, major events, and resource constraints which causes a cascading effect on outage windows and ultimately plant in service. Organizations that have adopted a dynamic capital planning process and cost controls which are integrated with project execution and close out can make better informed decisions and improve their capital and cash flow forecast accuracy.
Both natural disasters and man-made targeted acts of aggression are on the rise. Discover how to connect outage management, damage assessment, and incident control systems into a common operating picture for a localized or wide-area response. Ensure public and staff safety, as well as protect your physical infrastructure. Leverage technology to:
Ensure your emergency preparedness with the aid of the right technology.
Across Canada, there are important innovations happening in the energy sector, often at a pace that is challenging for government policy and regulatory environments to keep up with. At the same time, these changes are allowing for the integration of different energy sources, delivery systems, information systems and storage systems, and providing end-users with a wide range of options to better manage energy.
Learn about the pressures on the system and some of the trends including:
Electricity providers in the UK face strong competition – with over 30 suppliers competing with each other. Customers can and do switch service providers to the tune of 3 million households every year. Implement innovative strategies to wow your customers and secure revenue in the long term.
Increase your competitiveness by applying international insights.
Oshawa PUC is implementing a pilot program with residential rooftop solar and batteries. Examine the benefits for your utility to integrating solar installations. Evaluate the role of renewables in:
Tie DERs into your systems as seamlessly as possible.
During this interactive session, brainstorm with your peers to create a step-by-step guide to fill the talent gaps in your organization. Referencing the learnings from an earlier panel on talent recruitment, build a plan to close gaps and drive your business forward.
In this full-day workshop, engage with industry leaders and your peers to take your asset management strategies to the next level.
Dive deep into the frameworks, best practices and tools to:
Discover how and where to find funds to replace out-dated and aging infrastructure. Examine how to maximize the value of your existing resources. Develop methods to:
Leverage best practices of measuring critical risks. Implement evolving strategies that drive towards asset management maturity. Add value to your portfolio while reducing risk. Source steps to:
Tie it all together with innovative data analytics programs. Capitalize on the raw data that your distribution company creates and draw value from it. Strategies you can implement include: