mardi Septembre 10, 2024

Markets vs. Public Power Systems: Meeting Canada’s Net-Zero Electricity Goals

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Alberta’s deregulated electricity grid is unique in Canada, with a market-based system that has helped spur the fastest deployment of low-cost renewables in the country. Now, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) has been tasked with renewing this system with the goal of providing affordable and reliable net-zero electricity to Albertans by 2050. Meeting this goal will require new private sector investment in electricity generation at an unprecedented scale and speed.   

Several technological options are being explored to do this: natural-gas-fired generation with carbon capture, small modular nuclear reactors, wind, solar and energy storage. But an even bigger question remains: Is a market-based electricity system a dependable way to reach the province’s net-zero ambitions? How did this complex electricity grid come to be, and is it set up to make Alberta the tortoise or the hare in the national race to decarbonize grids?  

Join us for a debate on the potential and pitfalls of market systems to meet electricity affordability, reliability, and emissions goals. 

Personnes invitées

Jane McDonald

Membre du conseil d'administration

Jane McDonald est présidente par intérim de l’Institut international du développement durable (IIDD), un groupe de réflexion indépendant prônant des solutions durables pour résoudre les problèmes du XXIe siècle. À ce titre, elle supervise l’équipe mondiale de l’IIDD dont les actions visent à faire progresser les économies équitables, protéger l’eau douce et accélérer la mise en œuvre de solutions aux problèmes climatiques.

Mme McDonald possède plus de 15 années d’expérience, au Canada et ailleurs dans le monde, en matière de collaboration avec les gouvernements, les dirigeants d’entreprises et les principaux groupes de réflexion dans le but de faire progresser le développement durable. Elle a créé de nouveaux marchés environnementaux à la banque d’investissement Cantor Fitzgerald et dirigé les efforts de plaidoyer visant à inclure les exportations canadiennes d’électricité renouvelable dans le plan américain sur l’énergie propre.

De 2015 à 2016, Mme McDonald a occupé le poste de directrice des politiques pour la ministre canadienne de l’Environnement et du Changement climatique. À ce titre, elle a appuyé le rôle du gouvernement canadien dans l’Accord de Paris ainsi que dans les négociations menées avec les provinces au sujet du Cadre pancanadien sur la croissance propre et les changements climatiques. En 2018, elle s’est jointe à un groupe diversifié d’intervenants au sein du Conseil Génération Énergie du Canada et participé à l’élaboration de la première vision énergétique du Canada conforme aux objectifs climatiques du pays.

Mme McDonald a étudié l’économie, les sciences politiques et la littérature à l’Université McGill et obtenu un MBA international de l’Université York à Toronto et de l’ESSEC à Paris.

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Personnes invitées

Sara Hastings-Simon

Sara Hastings-Simon

Associate Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary

Dr. Sara Hastings-Simon is an associate professor in the department of Earth, Energy and Environment, and School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. She is a macro energy system researcher and her work is focused on building better quantitative and qualitative understandings of large-scale, systems-level, and long-term elements of energy systems to enable decarbonization.

Sara is also co-founder and co-host of Energy vs Climate a webinar and podcast that explores the energy transition in Alberta, Canada, and beyond. She is a member of the expert panel for Clean Growth with the Canadian Climate Choices Institute and a member of the board of directors of the Pembina Institute.

Her previous roles include Director of Clean Economy at the Pembina Institute, founder of Business Renewable Centre Canada, and practice manager for Clean Technologies at McKinsey & Company. Dr. Hastings-Simon holds a PhD in physics from the University of Geneva.

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Edgardo Sepulveda

Edgardo Sepulveda

Independent Economist, Telecoms and Electricity

Edgardo Sepulveda is a regulatory economist with more than thirty years of experience in the telecommunications and electricity sectors. He has advised Governments, regulatory agencies, companies, unions and consumer advocates in more than forty countries (esepulveda.com).

He has written on electricity issues at the Progressive Economics Forum (progressive-economics.ca/author/edgardo-sepulveda/), for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (policyalternatives.ca/authors/edgardo-sepulveda) and in his Profiles in Decarbonization web-site (edecarb.org).

Born in Chile, Edgardo is fluent in English and Spanish and has a good working knowledge of French. He received his B.A. (Honours) from the University of British Columbia and his M.A. from Queen’s University, both in Economics. He established Sepulveda Consulting Inc. in 2006.

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