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3rd Renewable Energy Finance Forum - Canada

Date: 30 April 2012 - 01 May 2012
Venue: Sheraton Centre Toronto , Toronto , Canada


Leading Canada’s renewable energy industry through 2012

Event agenda

DAY ONE

08:00 Registration & coffee

09:00 Welcome & opening remarks

Louisa Pratt, Conference Producer, Euromoney Energy Events

Session 1: OPENING KEYNOTE SESSION

09:05 Chair’s opening remarks

Robert Peterman, Head, Business Development – Technology, Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange

09:10 Incorporating renewable energy into a portfolio of projects

Combining fossil fuel projects and renewable energy projects – Combating the risks

Canada renewable energy projects as potential acquisition targets

Paul Rapisarda, Executive Vice President, Atlantic Power

09:30 Impact of the FIT Review – Success of the FIT since it was introduced

Lessons learnt from Made in Ontario FIT Programme

Results of the FIT Two Year Review

How is the FIT expected to play out over the next couple of years?

JoAnne Butler, Vice-President, Electricity Resources, Ontario Power Authority

09:50 Connecting renewable generation to the grid

Global perspectives from grid operators in control centers

Experience of ensuring there is the grid capacity to meet the demand

What regulations and reviews had to be introduced for grid parity to be met?

Lessons learnt that could be carried over into the Canadian market

Dr Lawrence Jones, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Policy and Industry Relations, Alstom Grid North America

10:10 Government keynote – Outlook for Ontario’s energy policy moving forward

Shape of the focus on energy following the agency reviews and launch of new budget

Creating a secure environment for foreign investment

Continuing to create opportunities for investing in Ontario’s renewable energy sector

10:30 Questions and discussion

10:50 Networking refreshment break

Session 2: REGIONAL UPDATES

11:20 Chair’s opening remarks

As the provincial Governments throughout Canada become more proactive in establishing renewable energy policies, get the latest update from the Provinces that are creating the opportunities for investment into renewable energy outside of Ontario. Case studies from those that already have experience in the a selection of Provinces will add further benefit as they address some of the following issues:

Outlook for their FIT programmes

Lessons learned from introducing FIT programmes

How are the active projects being financed in these regions?

Expectations of awarded contracts

Regions to invite:

British Colombia – Paul Wieringa, Executive Director, Alternative Energy Policy Branch, BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

Nova Scotia – Bruce Cameron, Executive Director, Sustainable and Renewable Energy Division, NS Department of Energy

Ontario – Leo Tasca, Manager, Renewable Energy Unit, Ontario Ministry of Energy

12:15 Networking lunch

Session 3: INNOVATIVE FINANCING OPTIONS

13:45 Chair’s opening remarks

Allen Garson, Partner, Heenan Blaikie LLP

Now is the time for constructing and developing the renewable energy projects that have been awarded FIT contracts. While larger developers are financing projects off their balance sheets, what options are available for the smaller players and which financing models will become most prominent in the coming year? Through this panel discussion, utility companies and financiers will provide an outlook on a selection options in the market place at the moment.

The panellists will address some of the following options:

Examples of innovative financing

Corporate bonds – How do they work as an opportunity for financing renewable energy projects?

Using debt financing for roof top solar projects – What further opportunities?

Meeting construction schedules – Is private equity available to provide construction capital?

Wind versus solar – Which technology is likely to get financing in the coming year?

The debt players preferred terms

Outlook of European banks future involvment in the Canadian renewable energy sector

Geraint Breeze, Executive Director, Project Finance & Infrastructure, CIBC

Jean Trudel, Chief Investment Officer and Senior Vice President – Communications, Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.

John Vincent, Managing Director, Head of Project Finance, Sunlife

Chris Ball, Executive Vice President, CorpFinance International Limited (CFI)

Sasha Jacob, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jacob Securities Inc

15:15 Networking refreshment break

Session 4: ENSURING A CONNECTION TO THE GRID

15:45 Chair’s opening remarks

To guarantee financing of a renewable energy project, it is crucial to have a connection to the grid. Work is being done to add capacity to the grid but the uncertainty of the time scale is putting pressure on companies wanting to ensure they have financing and a project that will be built within the constraints of the FIT requirements.

The following topics will be discussed by the panellists:

Future expansion plans – Areas of focus for the near future

Opportunities for developers to connect to the grid

Bankability of transmission projects

Connecting FIT projects to the grid – Connection assessment and approval

Timescales for developing additional transmission space

LDC perspective on how additional grid space is being made

The private project experience of developing additional transmission and grid space

Robert McFarlane, Director, Power Transmission, Enbridge Inc

Robert Nicholson, Managing Director – Energy, RBC Capital Markets

Barbara Constantinescu, Director, Planning & Assessments, IESO

17:00 Close of day one

DAY TWO

08:15 Coffee

09:00 Welcome & opening remarks

Louisa Pratt, Conference Producer, Euromoney Energy Events

Session 5: CREATING A SECONDARY MARKET

09:05 Chair’s opening remarks

With the Canadian renewable energy market looking to access financing to develop projects, considerable consolidation is expected to take place in the market. With companies reported to be looking at acquiring individual projects as well as portfolios of projects, where is the financing for the consolidation coming from?

This question will be addressed by our panellists along with further issues including:

Putting a value on FIT contracts and transactions to date

Preferred stages for acquisition

What levels of risk are companies willing to take on?

Fund perspective – What possibilities are there for creating portfolios of projects

Which sector is expected to see more M&A activity?

Ryan Brown, Senior Development Project Manager, EDP Renewables

Michael Dilworth, Managing Director, Project Finance and Corporate Development, SunEdison

John Carson, Chief Executive Officer, Alterra Power Corp

Jack Bittan, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Capstone Infrastructure

Gareth Brown, Principal Consultant, Sgurr Energy

10:30 Networking refreshment break

Session 6: MAKING ROOM FOR THE COMMUNITY

11:00 Chair’s opening remarks

Jon E Worren, President, ClearSky Advisors Inc

11:05 Developing a cooperative renewable energy project – A case study

Understanding what financing is required and what options are available for accessing it

Opportunities for creating tax shelters through the project

Developing the economies of scale required to run coop projects effectively

Judith Lipp, Executive Director, TREC Renewable Energy Co-operative (confirmed)

11:25 The First Nations outlook on developing renewable energy projects

Criteria for finding the right partner when developing a renewable energy project

Methods of ensuring the First Nations are suitably involved in a project

Rob McLeese, President, Access Capital Corp

11:45 First Nations development of a renewable energy project: M’Chigeeng First Nations’ Mother Earth Renewable Energy Wind Farm

Overview of the advantages of developing projects with First Nations and developing projects on First Nations lands

Understand how to finance projects on First Nations lands

Explore potential opportunities for combating nimbyism through these partnerships

Cherie L. Brant, Partner, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

Grant Taibossigai, Economic Development Officer, M’Chigeeng First Nation

12:05 Questions and discussion

12:15 Networking lunch

Session 7: HEDGING YOUR BETS – IS ALBERTA WORTH THE RISK?

13:45 Chair’s opening remarks

Adarsh Mehta, Director of Development, Acciona Wind Energy Canada; Past Chair and Director, CanWEA

The drop in capital expenditure for renewable energy projects is making Alberta a more interesting market for some. The difference in the structure of the market puts each energy on an equal footing for the moment but with the introduction of the Alberta Offset System, will renewables become a more attractive option? This panel will debate the pros and cons of operating in a merchant market as well as focusing in detail on the following issues:

Opportunities the merchant market can offer

Role of carbon credits in the introduction of renewable energy players to this market

Best methods of energy forecasting

Future prospects for the Alberta Offset System

Prospects of hedging to reduce the risk and ensure benefits from investing in a merchant market

Dan Balaban, President and Chief Executive Officer, Greengate Power Corporation

Shannon Wever, Wind Energy Business Development, TransAlta

14:45 Networking refreshment break

Session 8: NEW TECHNOLOGIES IMPACTING THE RENEWABLE ENERGY MARKET

15:15 Chair’s opening remarks

Dallas Kachan, Managing Partner, Kachan & Co.

15:20 Introducing a lower cost solar technology

Demonstrating the advantages of the new technology

Opportunities for incorporating the latest solar panels into a project

What the technology means for the capital costs of new solar farms?

Nicolas Morgan, Founder and Vice President Business Development, Morgan Solar

15:40 Using Canada’s waste to make more of biomass

Creating opportunities for renewable energy project development in rural areas

Addressing the economies of scale associated with larger scale biomass projects

What potential for biomass to be given greater prominence in the Ontario Green Energy and Economy Act?

Mo Vargas, Executive Vice President Corporate Development, Plasco Energy Group Inc.

16:00 Electric vehicles – Taking Canada by storm?

What is the expected adoption rate of electric vehicles?

Ontario becoming the home of the new technology – Does it have a suitable niche in the market to work alongside the renewable energy focus?

Examining what infrastructure will be required and how they are planning to access the necessary financing

16:20 Questions and discussion

16:30 Close of day two

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Discussions:

  • 20/04/12 11:00 - Session 2: REGIONAL UPDATES

    • Nova Scotia – Bruce Cameron, Executive Director, Sustainable and Renewable Energy Division, NS Department of Energy Download
    • British Colombia – Paul Wieringa, Executive Director, Alternative Energy Policy Branch, BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Download
  • 30/04/12 09:20 - Session 1: Incorporating renewable energy into a portfolio of projects

    • Paul Rapisarda, Executive Vice President, Atlantic Power Download
  • 30/04/12 10:00 - Session 1: Connecting renewable generation to the grid

    • Dr Lawrence Jones, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Policy and Industry Relations, Alstom Grid North America Download
  • 30/04/12 15:45 - Session 4: ENSURING A CONNECTION TO THE GRID

    • Barbara Constantinescu, Director, Planning & Assessments, IESO Download
    • Robert McFarlane, Director, Power Transmission, Enbridge Inc Download
    • Robert Nicholson, Managing Director – Energy, RBC Capital Markets Download
  • 30/04/12 15:45 - Session 4: Chair’s opening remarks

    • Philip Bassil, Managing Director, BSM Global Partners Inc. Download
  • 01/05/12 09:40 - Session 1: Impact of the FIT Review – Success of the FIT since it was introduced

    • JoAnne Butler, Vice-President, Electricity Resources, Ontario Power Authority Download
  • 01/05/12 11:05 - Session 6: Developing a cooperative renewable energy project – A case study

    • Judith Lipp, Executive Director, TREC Renewable Energy Co-operative Download
  • 01/05/12 11:25 - Session 6: The First Nations outlook on developing renewable energy projects

    • Robert McLeese, President, Access Capital Corp Download
  • 01/05/12 11:45 - Session 6: First Nations development of a renewable energy project: M’Chigeeng First Nations’ Mother Earth Renewable Energy Wind Farm

    • Cherie L. Brant, Partner, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP Download
  • 01/05/12 13:45 - Session 7: HEDGING YOUR BETS – IS ALBERTA WORTH THE RISK?

    • Dan Balaban, President and Chief Executive Officer, Greengate Power Corporation Download
    • Nicole Leblanc, Manager, Forecasting, Market Services, Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) Download
    • Shannon Wever, Wind Energy Business Development, TransAlta Download
  • 01/05/12 15:15 - Session 8: Chair’s opening remarks

    • Dallas Kachan, Managing Partner, Kachan & Co. Download
  • 01/05/12 15:20 - Session 8: Introducing a lower cost solar technology

    • Nicolas Morgan, Founder and Vice President Business Development, Morgan Solar Download
  • 01/05/12 15:40 - Session 8: Using Canada’s waste to make more of biomass

    • Mo Vargas, Executive Vice President Corporate Development, Plasco Energy Group Inc. Download
  • 01/05/12 16:00 - Session 8: Plasma gasification - A sustainable, decentralized and cost effective approach to generating renewable energy from ANY waste

    • Tom Whitton, Business Development Leader, PyroGEnesis Canada Inc. Download