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2018 Electricity Summit

2018 Electricity Summit


The IESO’s 2018 Electricity Summit, Unlocking the Value of Innovation, brought together experts and innovative thinkers from across North America. Discussions and spotlights included consumer behaviour and drivers for innovation, as well as how the electricity system will be called on to adapt to or change traditional approaches, processes and systems due to innovative solutions including blockchain technology and distributed energy resources.

Summit Recording

Morning session

State of the Consumer Report

A context setting presentation on consumer drivers in the broader electricity sector.

  • Patty Durand, President & CEO, Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative



California Community Choice and Aggregation

New business models are developing in response to consumer calls for more control into their electricity source, cost and consumption.

  • David McNeil, Manager of Finance, MCE – California’s First Community Choice Aggregation Program


Responding to Consumer Drivers

Consumers want to be engaged in how they use electricity; they want to know where it comes from and how much it costs. The panel will explore this and what role innovation can play.

  • Moderator: Colin Anderson, President, AMPCO
  • Fatima Crerar, Director of Social Impact & Sustainability, ecobee
  • Iuliana Calin, Head, Energy Partnerships Canada, Google
  • Julie Girvan, Independent Consultant, Consumer Advocate
  • David McNeil, Manager of Finance, MCE – California’s First Community Choice Aggregation Program


Engaging the New Energy Consumer

Learn how New Brunswick Power is positioning itself in preparation to support evolving consumer value streams. This will include a discussion on relevant learnings at New Brunswick Power, recent research findings and an outlook to a future with engaged consumers as partners.

  • Michel Losier, Executive Director, Energy Efficiency and Community Engagement, New Brunswick Power



The Impacts and Opportunities of Distributed Energy Resources

This panel will discuss how the local grid is changing with more distributed energy resources on the system, and more on the way.

  • Moderator: Jessica Savage, Director, Corporate and Indigenous Relations, IESO
  • Michel Losier, Executive Director, Energy Efficiency and Community Engagement, New Brunswick Power
  • Jon Norman, President & COO, Hydrostor
  • Teresa Sarkesian, President & CEO, Electricity Distributors Association

Afternoon session


Learn about a project that leverages blockchain technology, storage, and load management to engage energy prosumers, and manage local energy markets.

  • Curtis Miles, Blockchain Solution Architect & Canadian Technical Lead, IBM
  • Vikram Singh, Director of Advanced Planning, Alectra Utilities



Transforming the Energy Network

The Energy Transformation Network of Ontario represents a collective of views and parties committed to the innovation of Ontario’s electricity system. This panel of its representatives will look at the emerging issues that electricity systems will need to manage.

  • Moderator: David McFadden, QC, Counsel, Gowling WLG LLP
  • Dr. Jatin Nathwani, Professor & Ontario Research Chair, University of Waterloo
  • Neetika Sathe, Vice President of Advanced Planning, Alectra Utilities
  • Joshua Wong, President & CEO, Opus One Solutions


Executive Roundtable: How do the issues raised today reshape the dialogue?

This segment will discuss the learnings of the day from the perspective of system operators and utilities. For instance, how will business models, electricity markets, programs and systems need to change and adapt? This section will be driven by audience participation from throughout the day.

  • Moderator: Glenn Zacher, Partner, Stikeman Elliott, LLP
  • Michael Bryson, Vice President, Operations, PJM Interconnection
  • Peter Gregg, President & CEO, IESO
  • Raymond Tracey, President & CEO, Essex Powerlines


Summit Wrap-up

IESO will provide perspective on key learnings from the day and how it will continue to engage with stakeholders and communities.

  • Timothy O’Neill, Chair, IESO Board of Directors


Networking Reception

  • Sponsored by Stikeman Elliott, LLP


Read the full agenda

Summit Resources

Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative
2018 State of the Consumer - Executive Summary

Independent Electricity System Operator
Data Strategy Advisory Council
Energy Transformation Network of Ontario
Regional Electricity Forums
Renewable Distributed Generation Integration (RDGI) Fund
Smart Metering Entity
Storage Advisory Group

Microgrids and blockchain
Founder’s Handbook - how to get started on blockchain
Press Release - Europe’s first blockchain project to stabilize the power grid launches
How technology is shaping the renewable energy sector - IBM Blog

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