Alberta is in the midst of a comprehensive overhaul of its entire energy sector impacting all forms of generation with the overall aim of reducing carbon emissions while diversifying the economy. Central to Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan is the replacement of coal-fired plants over the next 13 years with renewables and natural gas and the introduction of carbon pricing. This keynote session will bring together energy leaders across all generation types to provide strategic insight into the changing opportunities and dynamics of Alberta’s new energy landscape.
System operators in Alberta and Saskatchewan recently launched competitive bids for new renewables generation, specifically 400 MW in Alberta and 200 MW of wind and 10 MW of solar in Saskatchewan. These are the first tranches in the provinces’ plans to meet their significant renewables goals for 2030. This session will offer critical updates on current and future renewables procurements from system operators.
With a combined potential for 7,000 + MW of new renewables generation and additional opportunities for smaller-scale projects, renewables developers of all technology-types and sizes are watching these markets. This session will bring together leading developers to share their views on current and future bids and provide insight on the key market and regulatory changes shaping renewables success in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
This session will bring together key market players from other jurisdictions to share their challenges and experiences in succeeding and surpassing ambitious renewable energy targets and realizing economic development and climate goals.
The development of large-scale wind has put the State of Iowa in a strong position to meet climate goals and has resulted in as many as 7,000 jobs. Local utility MidAmerican Energy has been central to the State’s success over the last decade with 23 wind farms now under construction or in operation and partnerships with more than 2,400 Iowa landowners. This presentation will offer insight on lessons learned from this market on how to position large-scale wind for success.
As Alberta and Saskatchewan move forward with renewable energy goals, rural municipalities will play a major role in hosting and supporting projects. With current large-scale procurements emphasizing municipal support and consultation, and Saskatchewan moving forward with 20 MW of community-based solar projects, municipalities are central to the success of provincial renewable energy plans. This session will bring together municipal leaders from both provinces to share their views on renewables in their regions.
Both provinces have carved out tranches for smaller-scale and community-led projects to play a role in climate targets and economic development for rural and indigenous communities. In addition, Alberta recently announced its program to support the development of rooftop solar projects across the province. This session will bring together leading developers and market experts to discuss the outlook, critical success criteria and potential challenges for smaller-scale projects.
How are the permitting and project approval processes in Alberta and Saskatchewan changing to meet new renewable energy program demands? This session will bring together regulatory experts to provide updates on current and proposed changes as both markets prepare for higher volumes of project proposals in line with renewable energy goals.
In order to reap the many benefits of a low-carbon economy, political support for renewable energy has to continue through election cycles. How can renewables build a narrative that appeals to the broader public and is more insulated from political cycles in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
By developing and partnering on renewables projects, indigenous communities will play a pivotal role in the energy diversification of Alberta and Saskatchewan. Both provinces have launched programs for First Nations and Metis communities to lead on smaller projects and are supportive of large-scale projects that include indigenous partners. This session will offer candid views from community leaders on the opportunities for indigenous communities to partner and lead on renewables in the region.
While the Indexed-REC structure has allayed much of lenders’ concerns around financing renewables in a merchant market, there are some remaining areas of concern. This session will bring together leading debt and equity providers to discuss their comfort levels and any ongoing financing challenges.
Will Alberta and Saskatchewan’s systems change in line with the anticipated volume and timescales of new renewables development and what issues could developers encounter? This session will outline potential challenges as grid infrastructures evolve to integrate higher volumes of intermittent, distributed generation.