Toronto ON


May 4, 2016
  • 7:45 AM
    Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:15 AM
    Opening Comments from the Chair
    Devin McCarthy
    Deputy of Policy Development and Director of Generation & Environment, CEA
  • 8:30 AM
    Regulatory Update: OEB
    Changing Technologies, Changing Customers, Changing Prices
    Peter Fraser
    Vice President, Industry Operations and Performance, Ontario Energy Board

    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.

  • 9:15 AM
    Case Study: Internet of Things
    Roadmap to Building Effective Analytics Programs that Streamline Your Operations
    Joel Austin
    Chief Information Officer, Oncor Electric (TX)

    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:

    • Integrate IT and OT data
    • Verify data quality
    • Act on the data within context

    Get the most of your data through a mature analytical capacity.

  • 9:45 AM
    Speed Networking

    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!

  • 10:15 AM
    Mid-morning Networking Break
  • 10:45 AM
    Building the Grid of the Future
    Enable Public and Private Sector Collaboration to Integrate Distributed Resources into Your Business Model
    Rish Ghatikar
    Research Affiliate, Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory (CA)
    Chief Research Officer, Greenlots

    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:

    • Hearing case studies from the U.S and across the world
    • Investing in mutually beneficial infrastructure for distributed energy resources
    • Sharing ownership of initiatives and leveraging business value from technology deployments

    Benefit from renewable technology by pooling your resources.

  • 11:15 AM
    Case Study: NB Power
    Proactively Shift Consumer Demand Today to Manage Load Capacity Tomorrow
    Brad Wasson
    Program Director RASD, NB Power

    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:

    • Recruiting customers into the pilot
    • Segmenting customers
    • Evaluating whether targets were met

    Optimize the capacity of your grid with effective demand response programs.

  • 11:45 AM
    Plug into Storage Technologies to Maximize the Capacity of Your Grid
    Daniel Hoornweg
    Associate Professor, Richard Marceau Chair, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

    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:

    • Fast-acting peak load mitigation
    • Back-up for renewable generation
    • Customer opportunity to exploit ToU rates

    Improve customer satisfaction and reliability by activating your storage potential.

  • 12:15 PM
    Industry Expert
    An Introduction to UAVs for Utilities
    Adam Sax
    President and CEO, The Sky Guys
  • 12:30 PM
    Networking Luncheon
  • 1:30 PM
    Interactive Forum – Back by Popular Demand!
    Grid Applications for Customer-Sited Energy Storage
    Brendan Harney
    Business Development, STEM
    Matt Owens
    Director of Business Development, STEM

    Sponsored by:

    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.

    • Applications for intelligent energy storage
    • Distributed vs. centralized energy storage
    • Criteria for evaluating energy storage

    Delegates will split into groups for in-depth discussion and brainstorming.

  • 3:00 PM
    Mid-afternoon Networking Break
  • 3:30 PM
    Changing Consumption Patterns
    Identify Measures the IESO is Taking to Manage the Dynamics of the New Supply Mix
    Nicholas Ingman
    Director of Market Operations, IESO

    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.

    • Changing tariff structures
    • Honing demand response programs
    • Encouraging efficiency measures

    Review IESO policies and their impact on your utility.

  • 4:00 PM
    Exclusive C-suite Panel
    Compare and Contrast Business Models to Facilitate Your Own Transformation to a Cost Effective Utility
    Ron Clark
    Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP's
    Mark Henderson
    COO, PowerStream
    Carmine Marcello
    Former President and CEO, Hydro One
    Ray Tracey
    President and CEO, Essex Power
    Jim Hogan
    President and CEO, Entegrus

    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:

    • Creating hubs of innovation
    • Adjusting to the pace of change
    • Updating your business practices

    Ensure your utility maintains relevance and competitiveness in the future.

  • 5:00 PM
    Conference Adjourns
  • 5:00 PM
    Drinks Reception
May 4, 2016
May 5, 2016
  • 7:45 AM
    Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:15 AM
    Opening Comments from the Chair
  • 8:30 AM
    Opening Address
    A Look at Conservation in Ontario: Leading Policies and Programs
    Usman Syed
    Director of Conservation and Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Energy, Government of Ontario
    • Hear about Ontario’s progress to date on Conservation First
    • Learn what Ontario has planned for Conservation and Energy Efficiency going forward
    • Get insights on achieving greater success in your conservation programs
  • 9:15 AM
    Panel: Extreme Weather
    Create a resilient grid to safeguard your system against severe weather and mitigate outages
    John Himmel
    Manager, Geographic Information Systems, FortisBC
    Gord Reynolds
    Utilities Executive, IBM
    Graham Seaman
    Director of Sustainability, City of Markham

    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:

    • Keep customers informed and safe
    • Place maintenance crews pre-emptively
    • Stay on top of current events

    Explore your ideas to handle weather-related emergencies effectively.

  • 10:15 AM
    Mid-morning Networking
  • 10:45 AM
    Case Study: Enbridge
    Satisfying customers energy needs in an affordable, reliable and carbon friendly manner
    Jim Sanders
    VP Engineering, Enbridge

    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:

    • “Greening the grid” by using natural gas infrastructure to deliver Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)
    • Collaboration with electric LDCs around conservation measures and integrated resource planning
    • Role of technology innovation to further green the natural gas supply

    Work with your customers to implement energy efficiency programs.

  • 11:15 AM
    Industry Expert
    Improving Capital & Cash Flow Forecast Accuracy
    Ed Wetherbee
    Director, Industry Strategy, Oracle

    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.

  • 11:45 AM
    Industry Expert
    Harnessing Technology to Minimize the Impact of an Emergency
    Kevin Young
    Solution Consultant, Hexagon SI

    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:

    • Quickly assess a situation to make appropriate decisions
    • Improve response times and team interactions
    • Reduce damage with emergency management

    Ensure your emergency preparedness with the aid of the right technology.

  • 12:15 PM
    Industry Expert
    Exploring Energy Delivery Models of the Future
    Brent Gilmour
    Executive Director, QUEST

    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:

    • Technology
    • Infrastructure Renewal
    • Environmental Policy
    • Role of Local
    • Customers
  • 12:30 PM
    Networking Luncheon
  • 1:30 PM
    International Case Study: The Effects of Customer Choice
    Gather Intelligence from an Advanced Market to Inform Your Future Customer Retention Strategies
    Lawrence Slade
    Chief Executive Officer, Energy UK

    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.

    • The evolution of the market
    • Effect of regulatory policies
    • Future view of competitive electricity supply markets

    Increase your competitiveness by applying international insights.

  • 2:00 PM
    Case Study Oshawa PUC
    Combine Renewable Energy and Storage Technology to Build a Reliable Power Grid for the Future
    Atul Mahajan
    President and CEO, Oshawa PUC

    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:

    • Demand response programs
    • Back-up power resources
    • Creating a virtual storage system

    Tie DERs into your systems as seamlessly as possible.

  • 2:45 PM
    Mid-afternoon Networking Break
  • 3:15 PM
    Implementing Your Take-Aways to Fill Your Talent Gaps

    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.

  • 3:45 PM
    Conference Adjourns
May 5, 2016
May 6, 2016
  • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Asset Management Workshop
    Supercharge Your Asset Management Plan to Maintain a Cost-effective, Efficient and Reliable Grid
    Alexander Bakulev
    Vice President, Strategy and Assets, METSCO
    Robert Otal
    Director of Asset Management & Analytics, METSCO
    Ed Wetherbee
    Director, Industry Strategy, Oracle

    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:

    1. Manage your assets for optimal performance
    2. Maximize ROI and asset reliability
    3. Strengthen performance to improve service delivery
    4. Leverage data and analytics to enhance planning
    5. Meet regulatory compliance
    6. Guide your future investments with confidence

    9:00AM – 10:30AM: Access Funding to Support Your Asset Needs

    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:

    • Develop an investment plan
    • Allocate limited resources
    • Manage replacement of infrastructure

    11:00AM – 12:30PM: Optimize Risk Management for Operational Success

    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:

    • Justify long term expenditure plans
    • Optimize risk and value
    • Achieve regulatory compliance

    1:30PM – 3:00PM: Integrate Data and Analytics to Guide Decision-making

    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:

    • Load segregation
    • Predictive failure modeling
    • Individual asset analysis
May 6, 2016

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