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APPrO 2009

The Power to Transform: Making the system cleaner, greener and smarter

The 21st Annual Canadian Power Conference and Networking Centre

November 17 and 18, 2009

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, Toronto, Ontario

 

 

For the electric power sector the major challenges of the day revolve around implementing and resolving the potentially conflicting expectations for change and reliability. The traditional responsibilities of delivering affordable, dependable service must be reconciled with major expansion during a period of economic constraint, while playing a leading role in the global fight against climate change. At the same time, innovation in the regulatory framework and the integration of smart technology are not just parallel considerations but fundamental determinants of the business and physical models that will be needed to enable efficient investment. The process of developing models is well underway, although resolution of the competing priorities is a continuing challenge. The APPrO conference this November will grapple with these issues and more, recognizing that clear rules and frameworks are critical to moving effectively toward a system that is robust, stable, and flexible enough to meet the full range of expectations, both for the immediate investment cycle and well into the future.

 

* Presented in co-ordination with the OSEA Community Power Conference (Ontario Sustainable Energy Association)

* The most comprehensive trade show in the Canadian power-gen field. The definitive gathering of suppliers and purchasers of power technology responding to Ontario's aggressive new procurement programs.

* Featuring the Ontario Centres of Excellence Innovation Café, highlighting exciting developments from Canada’s R&D community, and the Technology Showcase, brimming with vendors offering the latest energy technology to developers.

 

The APPrO 2009 event will address the top issues of the day including:

* Ontario's Green Energy Act

* The Feed In Tariff program (Including a parallel mini-conference on the FIT program)

* Generation procurement

* Nuclear regulation and development

* The IPSP (Integrated Power System Plan)

* US-Canada energy trade opportunities

* Aboriginal and community-based power project development

* Climate change rules, their relevance for generators

* Major transmission development

* The changing framework for distribution connections

* Gas market issues

* Enhanced cost recovery options for regulated utilities and the new cost responsibility framework for distribution investments.

 

Program overview:

(Click on any of the links below for session details)

 

Day 1:

Historic changes and the current economic context

Experts’ Roundtable

Regulatory and Planning issues

Canada-US energy trade

Project finance and climate change

Transmission and distribution development

OPA Procurement

Distribution connections

Banquet with keynote

 

Day 2:

Ontario’s system for cap-and-trade in GHGs

Market Development

Gas fired power generation – market issues

Renewable Energy Approvals

Workforce development

Nuclear regulation and development issues

Renewable energy project finance

 

 

Tuesday, November 17, 2009:

 

All sessions take place in Room 801 unless otherwise noted.

 

8:00 a.m.          Daybreak Coffee

Hosted by Northland Power

 

8:25 a.m           Opening Remarks by Conference Chair

Stephen Somerville, Competitive Power Ventures, Inc.

 

8:35 am            What the power industry will look like in ten years: The impact of current economic conditions and systemic drivers for change

Keynote:          Roger Gale, President and CEO, GF Energy LLC

Likely scenarios for significant change in the structure of the electricity system.

Where are the economic opportunities likely to be?

How big is the effective market for Ontario?

 

9:00 am            Experts’ Roundtable: Setting workable priorities for a period of change

A challenging point and counterpoint featuring experts from very different perspectives.

Do the incremental changes of the last decade allow the system to operate as a whole – does it all still hang together?

Can the competing expectations be resolved?

How should priorities be set to make the necessary changes more manageable?

 

Featuring:

Moderator: Linda Bertoldi, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Sam Mantenuto, Chair of APPrO and COO of Northland Power

Bill Marshall, WKM Energy Consultants Inc.

Keith Stewart, World Wildlife Fund

Adam White, AMPCO

Dan McGillivray, Managing Director, Centre for Energy, Ontario Centres of Excellence

 

Location: Room 801

 

Simultaneous programming in the APPrO FIT mini-conference:

9:15 am            Connecting to the distribution system

Update on the current rules and procedures for generators seeking to connect to the Hydro One distribution system

Moderator: Patrick Duffy, Stikeman Elliott LLP

Mark Fukuzawa, Hydro One: Application procedures and connection process

Ian Bradley, Hydro One: Technical Requirements

Paul Tremblay, Hydro One: Operational issues

Click here to jump directly to the outline of APPrO’s mini-conference on the Feed In Tariff program.

Location: Room 714

 

10:00 am          Coffee Break

Hosted by Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd.

 

10:45 am          Change in the regulatory and planning models: What to prepare for

Where are energy regulation and planning going? Observations based on recent history and current circumstances

 

Moderator: George Vegh, McCarthy Tetrault LLP

 

Keynote:          Howard Wetston, Chair, Ontario Energy Board

 

Keynote:          Colin Andersen, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Power Authority

 

11:25 am          Cohesion amidst change

Will the system operate as intended or is reworking necessary to keep things from going off the rails?

John Loucks, Chair, Electricity Distributors Association

Karl Johannson, Senior Vice-President, TransCanada Energy Limited

Robert Silver, Dynamic Policy Consulting

Location: Room 801

 

Simultaneous programming in the APPrO FIT mini-conference:

10:45 am          Aboriginal power development perspectives

Building on several sessions from the preceding days, insight and comment on best practices in terms of relationship-building between Aboriginal communities and responsible developers.

Moderator: Arnold May, Nipissing First Nation Councilor

Merv McLeod, McLeod Wood Associates: Government-to-Government perspective

Bob Waldon, Bedford Consulting & Associates: Recommended processes, practices and skills for engaging with Aboriginal communities

Dwayne Nashkawa: NFN Combined Heat and Power Project

Cherie Brant, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP, FNEA (First Nations Energy Alliance)

Michael Reid, Director of the Ontario Financing Authority: The Aboriginal Loan Guarantee Fund

Click here to jump directly to the outline of APPrO’s mini-conference on the Feed In Tariff program.

Location: Room 714

 

12 noon            Lunch in the Networking Centre

Hosted by TransCanada

 

1:00 pm            US-Canada electricity trade: perils and opportunities

Sequential presentations (not a panel format) on issues such as the direction of the Clean Energy Dialogue, US climate legislation, the stimulus package, and related rule-making in the US. The value of Canada taking a bold, strategic approach on climate-related trade issues.

 

Featured speakers:

John Mizroch, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, previously of the US Department of Energy

Christopher Padfield, Natural Resources Canada

Derek Burney, Ogilvy Renault LLP, former Canadian Ambassador to the United States

Lisa DeMarco, Macleod Dixon LLP

Moderator: Ken Pearce, Blakes

 

2:00 pm            Financing power in a carbon-constrained era

What’s changed in the debt and equity markets that would affect the structure of a developer’s proposition?

How project developers and financiers are adapting to the new realities

Rob McLeese, Access Capital

Ching-yen Chen, Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd.

Michael Switt, Manulife Financial

Moderator: Ken Pearce, Blakes

Location: Room 801

 

2:30 pm            Questions and discussion

Location: Room 801

 

Simultaneous programming in the APPrO FIT conference:

1:00 pm            Update on Ontario’s Feed In Tariff Program

Jason Chee-Aloy, Director of Generation Procurement, Ontario Power Authority

Moderator: Mike Crawley, AIM PowerGen Corporation

 

2:00 pm            Contracting with the OPA

More detailed information on application procedures, contracting and procurement issues for developers to consider in working with the OPA on wind, bio-energy, water, and solar power projects.

Jim MacDougall, Ontario Power Authority

Moderator: Mike Crawley, AIM PowerGen Corporation

Location: Room 714

 

2:45 pm            Coffee Break

Hosted by: APPrO

 

3:30 pm            Keynote: Mike Penstone, Vice President, Major Project Coordination & External Relations, Hydro One Networks

Hydro One’s key priorities and directions

 

3:45 pm            Transmission and distribution drivers: Rapid expansion and the impact of new regulatory rules

The regulatory system for transmission and distribution is undergoing expansion and redevelopment, much like the physical system itself. Where is it going and what will it mean? Given the scope of the Green Energy Act, how should expansion projects be timed and prioritized? How are transmitters and distributors planning to adapt and get massive amounts of investment underway on the timetable expected for renewables in particular? Should generators expect to operate differently in their relationships with grid owners and operators? Are further amendments to the DSC necessary to align it fully with the FIT program? What issues are associated with partnering to co-develop network assets? Are the new rules and incentives for investment sufficient to deal with the anticipated surge of development, and will they achieve their intended effect? How do lenders perceive transmission investment in the current environment?

What are the new drivers in the industry?

What direction are they pushing us in?

How should market participants respond?

 

Moderator: Tom Brett, Fogler Rubinoff

Overview presentation: Charles Keizer, Torys LLP

Transmission investor perspective: Jeff Rosenthal, Brookfield Utilities

Mid-size distributor perspective: Gary Rains, London Hydro

Large distributor perspective: Dave Jutla, Toronto Hydro

Top Ten Issues in Power and Utilities: Jane Allen, Deloitte Inc.

Location: Room 801

 

Simultaneous programming in the APPrO FIT conference:

3:30 pm            Durable partnership structures

Legal steps in structuring relationships

What different structures achieve

Alternate approaches to the two key factors: governance and equity

Moderator: Domenic Damiani, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Michael D. Shadbolt, Macleod Dixon LLP

Brian Iler, Iler Campbell LLP

Jay Shepherd, School Energy Coalition

Patrick Coté, Renewable Energy Consultant

Gregory Dobson, Investors Group Financial Services

 

Location: Room 714

 

5:00 pm            Reception in the Networking Centre

Hosted by Stikeman Elliott LLP

 

6:00 pm            Banquet dinner

Hosted by Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Location: Room 701 (One floor Up)

 

The Stephen Probyn Prize for Innovation in Energy

 

7:00 pm            Keynote speech:

Hon. John Gerretsen, Ontario Minister of the Environment

 

The Hedley Palmer Award

 

8:30 pm            Power Mixer at the Steam Whistle Brewery

Hosted by Blakes

Location: Steam Whistle Brewery, 255 Bremner Blvd.

 

 

Wednesday, November 18, 2009:

 

8:00 a.m.          Daybreak Coffee

Hosted by Torys LLP

 

8:30 am            Keynote: Paul Murphy, President and CEO, IESO

The IESO’s key priorities and directions

 

9:00 am            Current issues in market development

Moderator: Jim Harbell, Stikeman Elliott LLP

Bruce Campbell, Vice President of Resource Integration, IESO

Opportunities to continue to strengthen Ontario’s electricity market in an era of surplus baseload generation, feed-in-tariffs and low demand

Brian Rivard, Manager of Market Evolution Analysis and Research, IESO

Managing the global adjustment while maintaining the importance of price signals in the market

Richard Horrobin, Vice President, Power Marketing, Bruce Power

Market sensitive options for managing SBG

 

Simultaneous programming in the APPrO FIT conference:

9:00 am            Ontario's proposed cap-and-trade system for GHGs

Design principles for the proposed cap-and-trade system for GHGs as seen from different perspectives. What are the major issues at stake?

Moderator: Lisa DeMarco, Macleod Dixon LLP

Craig Golding, Ontario Ministry of the Environment

Oliver Bussler, Capital Power Corporation

Adam Chamberlain, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Mark Madras, Gowlings LLP

Location: Room 714

 

10:00 am          Coffee break

Hosted by Pristine Power

 

10:15 am          Gas matters: Challenges and solutions for 2009

Generator involvement in gas matters over the last year

Existing utility gas services for generators

Moderator: John Wolnik, GSA Energy Company Inc.

 

Actual experiences of generators and utilities using the current range of utility services over the past year:

Edith Chin, Enbridge Gas Distribution

Carol Cameron, Union Gas

Jason Rioux, Portlands Energy Centre

Brian Byers, Sithe Global Canadian Power Service Ltd.

 

The value of gas fired generation to the system:

Bob Gibbons, Ontario Power Authority

Rick Indewey, IESO

 

Long term gas supply dynamics:

Steve Dunn, TransCanada PipeLines Ltd.

 

Location: Room 801

 

Simultaneous programming in the APPrO FIT conference:

10:15 am          Renewable Energy Approvals

Ontario’s new system for Renewable Energy Approvals: How to navigate your way through it, what to watch out for, and where to find help.

Moderator: Valerie Helbronner, Torys LLP

Sue Lo, Renewable Energy Facilitator, Ontario Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure

Mike Lyle, Ontario Power Authority: Aboriginal consultation

Eric Boysen, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Doris Dumais, Ministry of the Environment

Kristopher Stevens, OSEA Community Power Consultancy

Location: Room 714

For further information, click here to jump to the FIT conference program

 

12 noon            Lunch in the Networking Centre

Hosted by APPrO 2009 event sponsors, to be announced

 

1:00 pm            Workforce Development: How to ensure the talent will be there

Facing the problematic coincidence of accelerating build-outs, pending retirements and low level of new recruits, how companies in the power sector can manage their risk in terms of a skilled labour force.

* Understanding what lenders and regulators are looking for in terms of labour force preparations

* What can your organization do to ensure it has the right kind of talent in 3 to 10 years

* Innovative partnerships to train new employees

* Aboriginal labour force development programs

Moderator: Tom Goldie, Senior VP, Corporate Services, Hydro One

Patti Redmond, Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

Donna Jansen, Georgian College

Catherine Cottingham, Electricity Sector Council

Laura Croucher, KPMG

Location: Room 801

 

2:00 pm            Coffee break

Hosted by Brookfield Renewable Power

 

2:30 pm            Fresh thinking on the role of nuclear energy

The role of nuclear energy in the power system is evolving. Its contributions to reliability, carbon-free operation and risk management are being seen in a new light.

* How should markets and regulators respond?

* Is there a need to redefine the functions of nuclear energy in the supply mix and if so, how?

* What does the public believe is necessary to achieve a balanced policy toward nuclear energy?

 

Keynote address:

Michael Binder, President of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Nuclear regulation in Canada

Challenges facing the CNSC and our response

Results of recent international benchmarking

 

Moderator: David McFadden, Gowlings LLP

 

Panel of Experts:

 

2:50 pm            Performance Excellence in Changing Times: A nuclear path forward

In a time of dramatic market change and new economic and environmental realities, the nuclear industry has an important role to play. To fulfill that role, it must sharpen its focus and develop a strong vision in key areas including: operational excellence, public trust, meeting the new environmental reality, addressing a changing market, and project management.

Wayne Robbins , Ontario Power Generation Inc.

 

3:10 pm            Nuclear Power in Society: Finding the Balance” update from recent conference of experts on waste management, safety and cost issues

- Jatin Nathwani, Council for Clean and Reliable Electricity

 

3:20 pm            The evolving role of nuclear energy in the public mind

- John Wright, Ipsos Reid

 

3:30 pm            Conference Wrap-up

 

Location: Room 801

 

 

Simultaneous programming in the APPrO FIT conference:

 

1:00 pm            Financing models

Building from previous discussions on structural options, finance experts and developers present options suited to various kinds of participants, workable in the current economic climate.

Moderator: John Dalton, Power Advisory LLC

Sasha Jacob, Jacob Securities

Pelino Colaiacovo, Morrison Park Advisors

Louis Belanger, Stonebridge Financial

Location: Room 714

 

2:00 pm            Coffee break

Hosted by Brookfield Renewable Power

 

2:15 pm            Wrap-Up on contracting

Jason Chee-Aloy, Ontario Power Authority

Location: Room 714

 

3:00 pm            FIT Conference Wrap-up

 

Location: Room 714

 

4:30 pm            APPrO Annual General Meeting

(Members only)

 

Location: Room 802

 

 

* * *

Overview of the parallel mini-conference:

Generators and the Feed In Tariff Program

 

All sessions take place in room 714 unless otherwise noted.

 

Tuesday, November 17 2009:

 

10 am               Distribution connections

Click on this link to see more details about this session in the main conference program.

 

11 am               Aboriginal power development perspectives

Click on this link to see more details about this session in the main conference program.

 

1:00 pm            Update on Ontario’s Feed In Tariff Program

Jason Chee-Aloy, Ontario Power Authority

Click on this link to see more details about this session in the main conference program.

 

2:00 pm            Contracting with the OPA

Jim MacDougall, Ontario Power Authority

Click on this link to see more details about this session in the main conference program.

 

Coffee break

 

3:30 pm            Durable partnership structures

Legal, finance and organizational experts

Click on this link to see more details about this session in the main conference program.

 

 

Wednesday, November 18, 2009:

 

9:15 am            Ontario’s proposed cap-and-trade system for GHGs

Click on this link to see more details about this session in the main conference program.

 

10:15 am          Renewable Energy Approvals

Featuring Sue Lo, Ontario’s Renewable Energy Facilitator

Click on this link to see more details about this session in the main conference program.

Location: Room 714

 

Lunch

 

1:00 pm            Financing models

Click on this link to see more details about this session in the main conference program.

 

2:15 pm            Wrap-Up on contracting

With Jason Chee-Aloy, Ontario Power Authority

Click on this link to see more details about this session in the main conference program.

 

 

* * *

Simultaneous programming in the Trade Show:

 

Live presentations in the Ontario Centres of Excellence Innovation Café

 

Content presented in collaboration with the Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc., highlighting such topics as:

• The Smart Grid

• The Innovation Continuum

• Electrified transportation as grid reinforcement

• Waste to Energy

• Fuel cells and CHP

 

All sessions take place in the Power Networking Centre – Ontario Centres of Excellence Innovation Café.

 

Monday, November 16th, 10am – 5pm:

Ontario Sustainable Energy Association presentations focusing on Renewable Energy Technologies

 

Tuesday, November 17th, 10:30 - 11:30 am:

Enabling DG & Renewables: The Makings of a Smarter Grid

Rhonda Wright-Hilbig, IESO, Moderator

Dr. Rajiv Varma, University of Western Ontario: Enabling renewables with Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS)

Kevin Whitehead, Whitby Hydro: The LDC perspective on integrating renewables and DG

Kaliyur Sridharan, GE Digital Energy: GE’s microgrid controller (SDTC)

 

Tuesday, November 17th, 1:00 - 2:00 pm:

Challenges and opportunities for CHP in Ontario

Rob McLeese, Access Capital, Moderator

Dave Teichroeb, Enbridge: Fuel Cell CHP

Warren Mabee, Queen's Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy: CHP from biomass

James Cotton, McMaster University: Importance of Thermal storage with CHP

 

Tuesday, November 17th, 3:30 - 5:00 pm:

Technology Showcase Presentations

Moderator: Ron Cocking, Toromont CAT Power Systems

Challenges and Opportunities for FIT developers: Paul M. Grod, Rodan Energy Solutions Inc.

Cyber Security for control systems: Ron Weber, Emerson Process Management

Grooved piping implications for workforce management: John MacFarland, Victaulic

Data management backbone creation: Aiman El-Ramly, ZEPG

SCADA systems for renewables and smart grid applications: Germán L. Felay, Advanced Control Systems

Farm based biogas generation: Mike Savel, GE Jenbacher / DDACE

Reverse Engineering of hard to find parts: David Driesman, Weir Power & Industrial

 

 

Wednesday, November 18th, 10:30 - 11:30 am:

Automobiles as Grid reinforcement: Driving towards the electrification of transport

Robert (Bob) Stasko, Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc., Centre for Energy, Moderator

Al Cormier, Electric Mobility Canada: Electric Mobility Canada’s national effort to develop an electric vehicle technology roadmap

Jatin Nathwani, University of Waterloo: The case for hybrids: Take the long view

Phil Petsinis, General Motors of Canada Ltd: Electric Vehicles - the ultimate in vehicle energy diversity

 

 

Change is constant  … Stay tuned for further updates!

 

 

Thanks to all the following sponsors:

 

Banquet Sponsor

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

 

Gold Sponsor

Macleod Dixon LLP

 

Reception Sponsor

Stikeman Elliott LLP

 

Power Leader Sponsor

OPGI - Ontario Power Generation Inc.

 

Silver Sponsor

Northland Power

 

Bronze Sponsor

Gowlings LLP

 

Innovation Sponsor

OCE - Ontario Centres of Excellence for Energy

 

Cyber Cafe Sponsor

TransAlta

 

Networking Lunch Sponsor

TransCanada

 

Networking Coffee Break Sponsor

Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd.

 

APPrO Terawatt Sponsor - OSEA Gold Sponsor

Ontario Power Authority

 

Power Mixer Sponsor

Blakes

 

Lanyard Sponsor

KPMG LLP

 

Daybreak Coffee Sponsor

Torys LLP

 

Networking Coffee Break Sponsor

Brookfield Renewable Power

 

Networking Coffee Break Sponsor

Pristine Power

 

Networking Lounge Sponsor

Suncor Energy

 

Associate Sponsor

Ogilvy Renault LLP

 

Kilowatt Sponsor

London Economics

 

Kilowatt Sponsor

CanWEA

 

Networking Coffee Break Sponsor

Navigant Consulting

 

Kilowatt Sponsor

Enbridge Gas Distribution

 

Official IT Sponsor

ZE Power Group

 

Official Media Partner

Electricity Today

 

Supporting Media Sponsor

CLB Media

 

Table Sponsors

Aker Solutions

Hydro One Networks

 

 

Program details are subject to change without notice.

 

Click on http://conference.appro.org for the latest updates!

 

 


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