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Programme

Overview

    • 08:30 - 08:55
      • Registration and refreshments

      • 08:55 - 09:00
        • Chair’s opening remarks

        • 09:00 - 09:30
          • Speaker

            Mike Crawley – President, International Power Canada Inc./GDF Suez

          Presenting procurement opportunities for small hydro with new LNG terminals being built

          • Investigating existing projects that have a dual LNG-hydro set-up to determine effectiveness and mutual benefits for the respective plant owners and operators

          • Unlocking new potential for small hydro projects by quantifying the expansion of LNG plants across the region

          • Overcoming unique practical challenges involved in having a dual-fuel project

          • Pinpointing requirements with respect to size, efficiency, firmness and proximity needed

        • 09:30 - 10:00
          • Speaker

            Brian Murphy – Executive Project Director, BC Environment Assessment Office

          Navigating regulatory requirements surrounding environmental impact assessments to ensure you are fully compliant

          • Planning accordingly so that you complete all assessments timely and in the right order

          • Extracting common errors in EIAs so you can learn from these mistakes and avoid delays

          • Minimizing your impact as much as possible following results from your EIA

          • Highlighting provincial differences in EIA requirements of which you should be aware

          • Building a model of best practice in achieving environmental approval by analyzing successful case studies

        • 10:00 - 10:30
          • Speaker

            Patti Kroen – Representative, Northwest Hydroelectric Association

          Examining in-stream flow requirements - can you really manage that way?

          • Reviewing regulations, expectations, and compliance around in-stream flow requirements and ramping rates - what is expected?

          • Determining how to set flow requirements so that you can effectively navigate the multiple and sometimes contradictory needs of your project - how do you accomplish this?

          • What about sustainability?

        • 10:30 - 11:00
          • Morning refreshments and networking

          • 11:00 - 11:30
            • Speaker

              Martina Steinkusz – Project and Communication Manager, European Small Hydropower Association

            Trends and Solutions in the development of SHP in the EU

            • Presenting an overview of the work and activities of ESHA

            • Showcasing the current status, forecast and potential of the European SHP sector

            • Illustrating challenges and recommendations

            • Presenting useful hydropower tools and solutions

          • 11:30 - 12:00
            • Speaker

              Sandra Gogal – Partner – Aborigines, Miller Thomson

            Consulting with Aboriginal communities and achieving mutually beneficial arrangements

            • Welcoming perspectives from different stakeholders within one project: how it is can add value to the overall project design and build community support for development

            • Incorporating aspirations and needs of local communities in project development and procurement

            • Utilizing Early consultation efforts to build trust and mitigate potential impact on local communities and their ability to exercise aboriginal and treaty rights

            • Reviewing Canada’s endorsement of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: what does it mean to support to support "free, informed, prior consent"

            • Incorporating free, informed prior consent in project development in a manner which meets the intent of the UN Declaration

            • Addressing past grievances as a first step in moving forward with development

          • 12:00 - 12:15
            • Speaker

              Gary Broadhurst – Manager Business Development, Western Canada, Andritz Hydro

            Technology Spotlight: ANDRITZ Hydro from “Water to Wire” for a Sustainable Future

            • Providing a company overview of ANDRITZ Hydro - a global supplier of electromechanical systems and services

            • Uncovering details of our ‘Large Hydro’ division which offers the whole range of electromechanical equipment for large new installations

            • Exploring how our ‘Small Hydro’ division offers complete solutions for small and medium hydroelectric power plants with unit output up to 30 MW

            • Explaining how our ‘Service Rehab’ division is specialized in focusing on optimization of existing operations and maintenance of hydropower equipment, resulting in maximization of sustainable energy production

            • Outlining ways in which our ‘Automation’ division offers modern automation solutions from an extensive portfolio of products

            • Revealing details of Tidal current energy technology

          • 12:15 - 13:30
            • Lunch and Networking

            • 13:30 - 14:00
              • Keynote Speaker

                Doug Little – Vice President, Energy Planning and Economic Development, BC Hydro

              Keynote Presentation: Deconstructing the future of small hydro in British Columbia to determine what you will be dealing with in coming years

              • Outlining long-term energy plans within BC and the demand for hydro in years to come

              • Pinpointing the role of small hydro projects within BC Hydro’s standing offer program and how this is changing

              • Revealing time and cost effectiveness of LNG production which is challenging the role of hydro plants

              • Analyzing energy surplus due to current levels in the USA

              • Uncovering the interplay between Alberta and BC with regards to selling power and how this impacts overall demand

              • Clarifying details of the integrated resource plan (IRP) and how this affects developers in the province

            • 14:00 - 14:30
              • Speaker

                Doug Little – Vice President, Energy Planning and Economic Development, BC Hydro
              • Chair

                Eugene Hodgson – VP Origination, Western Region, Corpfinance International Limited
              • Speaker

                Brian Murphy – Executive Project Director, BC Environment Assessment Office
              • Speaker

                Paul Kariya – Executive Director, Clean Energy Association of British Colombia

              Panel Discussion: Addressing the changing demand for small hydro and how this impacts your business

              • Safeguarding your existing projects against changing market demands by building contingency plans

              • Evaluating the effectiveness of recent lobbying submissions and the impact that they have had

              • Determining opportunity for new small hydro development with respect to BC’s changing energy demands

              • Investigating progress of Site C to determine how much it is hampering opportunities for IPPs, and analyzing its long-term viability

              • Reviewing involvement of First Nation communities in the wider discussions of energy portfolios and how their voice can wield greater impact for small hydro, as well as learning from what other indigenous communities have achieved around the world

            • 14:30 - 15:00
              • Speaker

                Paul Kariya – Executive Director, Clean Energy Association of British Colombia

              Uncovering the truth around ROR projects’ impact on fish species to illustrate what needs to be done

              • Investigating differing narratives surrounding the impact that ROR projects are having on the salmon habitats of BC

              • Explaining the need for regular independent reviews of such impact to determine how severe the problem actually is

              • Delivering full results from a recent independent review and quantifying what damage ROR projects are causing

              • Exploring whether the impact has worsened in recent years due to more modern projects

              • Moving forward with suggestions on how to limit the impact as much as possible and ensure that small hydro is working in harmony with fish protection

            • 15:00 - 15:30
              • Afternoon refreshments and networking

              • 15:30 - 16:45
                • Speaker

                  Kearon Bennett – Manager, IEA Hydropower Agreement – Small Hydro

                WORKSHOP SESSION: Delivering in depth research into varying political stances across the world towards small hydro projects and what this means for developers

                • Reviewing government attitudes in different regions with respect to small hydro to highlight areas with particular success

                • Pinpointing factors involved in promoting small hydro projects and how to utilize them effectively

                • Providing recommendations on key things to consider when putting together a program to encourage small hydro development

                • Welcoming input from the audience regarding their experiences, and the impact that political stances have had on their own work

              • 16:45 - 16:50
                • Chair

                  Eugene Hodgson – VP Origination, Western Region, Corpfinance International Limited

                Chair’s summation and close of day one

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