Alberta – A Renewable Energy Superpower? – The Solar Energy Society of Alberta

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Meeting the Challenges of Utilizing Alberta’s World-Class Solar and Wind Resources.

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016

MacEwan University

Speakers:

Shaye Anderson – MLA Leduc/Beaumont

Patrick Bateman – Director of Policy and Market Development, Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA)

Evan Wilson Regional Director, Prairies, Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA)

Alberta’s ambitious clean energy development plans face significant regulatory, technical and political challenges. Although many jurisdictions around the world have been able to rapidly advance renewables, Alberta’s electricity market, utility structure, and resources are relatively unique. Mr Bateman and Mr. Wilson have extensive experience with renewable energy regulatory and policy strategy. Both have actively consulted with the Alberta government. They will be addressing many of the myths that abound regarding supply reliability, power quality, environmental impact and ratepayer costs.

Patrick’s professional background includes over six years of renewable energy policy and regulatory research and analysis, and stakeholder relations and communications in Europe and in Canada. He holds an MSc in Renewable Energy and a BSc in Environmental Science. Patrick has been heavily involved in communication between the Alberta Government and the solar community over the past year, during the formation of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan.

Evan Wilson has been similarly involved in consultation with the new provincial government, in his position as Regional Director, Prairies at the Canadian Wind Energy Association. His background includes extensive experience in pipelines, finance, solar, and wind. He holds both a BA and MA in Political Science and Government, and is well positioned to provide information on the growing Alberta renewables industry.

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