Alberta and Saskatchewan’s current procurements for new renewables generation have captured the world’s attention, leading to highly competitive request for proposal (RFP) processes that are expected to result in historically low prices for wind. The results of these first competitions will be instrumental in shaping the next procurements by these Western provinces, as they seek to meet ambitious renewable energy goals for 2030.
Shortly following the closing of Alberta’s first round of the Renewable Electricity Program (REP) and in anticipation of the opening of the second phase, the 3rd Annual Alberta and Saskatchewan Renewable Energy Summit will offer the very latest updates on these key markets and address the critical topics for lenders and project proponents.
Now in its third year, the Summit is firmly established as the essential networking event for key government and system operator decision-makers to network with leading finance experts and independent power producers engaged in these growing markets.
Qualified bidders are now engaged in a highly competitive procurement for Round 1 of Alberta’s REP calling for 400 MW of renewable electricity and, separately, the first phase of SaskPower’s Renewables Roadmap including a competitive bid for 200 MW of wind and 10 MW of solar. Developers and investors are eager to gain clarity on the pipelines, timelines and selection criteria of future rounds to meet Alberta and Saskatchewan’s ambitious renewables targets for 2030. This session will offer the very latest details from system operators on current and future competitive bids for new renewables generation.
This session will bring together leading debt and equity providers to provide their candid views on the current renewables investment environment in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
With a stakeholder process currently underway, the Alberta Government is working to establish a process to encourage indigenous community participation in renewables projects. While the criteria and framework have yet to be finalized, indigenous participation will undoubtedly play a key role in future renewable energy project success in this market. This panel will offer the latest updates on the process to establish a framework to encourage indigenous participation followed by a key networking luncheon for indigenous communities and renewables project proponents.
This networking event will offer an opportunity for Indigenous Leaders from across the region and project developers to meet and discuss interests in potential project collaboration
Alberta’s electricity industry is in a state of transition as a result of the introduction of a capacity market, the recent carbon levy, and significant changes planned to the supply mix including the retirement of coal and procurement of new renewables, gas-fired and cogeneration projects. This panel will bring together senior energy leaders to discuss current business strategies and outlooks for this changing marketplace.
The first round of Alberta’s REP required renewables projects proponents to be advanced in the connection queue. Now proponents are seeking clarity on what the transmission and interconnection requirements will be for future rounds and where the best opportunities will be to connect. This session will provide the latest updates on evolving plans for integrating renewables from Alberta’s transmission and distribution leaders.
Following the announcement of the first round of winners under Alberta’s REP and the ongoing progress of SaskPower’s wind and solar procurements, developers are now looking to position themselves for success in future competitive bids. This panel will offer critical insight from renewables leaders on market opportunities in Alberta and Saskatchewan and the key areas of risk and uncertainty shaping business strategies for the provinces.
With an election coming up in 2019, and the main opposition party calling for an end to the carbon levy, political uncertainty is a top concern for lenders and developers investing in Alberta’s renewables pipeline. This session will bring together top political strategists to provide their informed views on what the election could mean for energy policy and the timeline for renewables adoption.
Private equity capital is expected to play a strong role in financing new renewable energy projects under Alberta and Saskatchewan’s current and future competitive bids. This session will bring together private equity leaders with dedicated infrastructure and energy-focused investment vehicles to share their views on financing new renewables projects in these markets.
While the full incentives have yet to be clearly defined, both provinces emphasize the role of indigenous community involvement in utility-scale renewables projects under current and future procurements. This session offer expert views on the appetite from First Nations communities for project partnerships and insight on successful finance models for these projects.
With around 5,000 of new renewables generation expected in Alberta and around 2,000 in Saskatchewan over the next 12 years, the pool of utility-scale projects is on the rise and permitting and land-use rules are expected to change. Understanding these developments is critical for equity leaders and independent power producers participating in current and future bids. This session will offer the very latest updates on potential changes that could impact project success.
As prices for wind and solar technologies have fallen, corporate buyers have become an important customer base for renewables, especially in the US market where renewable energy credits (RECs) provide an incentive for corporate PPAs. Google alone has purchased nearly a gigawatt of wind and solar, making it the largest institutional buyer of renewables in the world. This session will explore evolving renewables opportunities for commercial, industrial, and institutional clients in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Canadian Clean Energy Conferences is an Ottawa based research and business-to-business event company that aims to help Canada move towards a low-carbon economy. Established in 2009, we have helped build and connect business communities in support of government renewables procurement and carbon initiatives.
We have supported renewable energy initiatives across Canada through events such as the Ontario FIT Forum, the Nova Scotia FIT Forum, the Renewable Energy Storage Summit, the Alberta and Saskatchewan Renewable Energy Finance Summit and the Ontario Cap and Trade Forum. As Energy and Mines, we also run a series of events around the world (Canada, UK, Chile, South Africa, Australia) helping connect the mining and renewables sectors.
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