Nova Scotia Power’s Renewable Energy Transformation

How do you take an electrical utility in a province with limited hydro resources and cut its dependency on coal-based generation from 70 per cent to 40 per cent in 10 short years? Join Rob Bennett, President and Chief Executive Officer, as he discusses the historic transformation being undertaken at Nova Scotia Power. Mr. Bennett will describe how the company is aggressively building wind power, exploring sustainable biomass, and doing pioneering work on tidal energy, at the same time as boosting system reliability and customer service

About the Speaker:
Rob was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Nova Scotia Power Inc. in June 2008. Prior to his appointment, Rob helped shape Nova Scotia Power's focus on leadership in environmental and renewable energy issues, customer service excellence and commercial relationships. Before rejoining Nova Scotia Power, Rob served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Bangor Hydro-Electric Company in Maine. Prior to his tenure as President at Bangor Hydro, he was General Manager, Transmission and Distribution Asset Management. Rob, who grew up in Pictou County , began his career with Nova Scotia Power as a staff engineer in 1988. He held increasingly senior positions including superintendent of Annapolis Hydro and Regional Manager (Northeast). Rob serves on the Board of Directors of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, and is a director of the Children's Wish Foundation.
Brookfield Renewable Power Inc. is one of the largest independent producers of renewable energy in North America and South America, with more than 100 years of experience as an owner, operator and developer of hydroelectric power facilities. Brookfield has a total portfolio of 166 hydroelectric generating facilities and one wind farm, which have a combined capacity of morethan 4,100 MW. It has a proven record of growth, having invested approximately $3 billion to acquire more than 2,900 MW of generating capacity over the last ten years. The company continues to build on this solid base, as it has under construction or in advanced development 12 hydro projects and three wind power projects in North America and Brazil. Colin Clark will speak about Brookfield Renewable Power, its perspectives on renewable energy, and its clear strategy to achieve growth through responsible and sustainable energy development.
Brookfield Renewable Power: Investing in Renewable Generation

About the Speaker:
Colin  Clark  (S  ’75, M  ’78,  SM  ’91)  is  Executive  Vice  President & Chief Technical Officer of Brookfield Renewable Power Inc. and Managing Partner & Chief Technical Officer of Brookfield Asset Management Inc. In his current position he is the senior executive providing oversight of all engineering and technical affairs of the power and utilities businesses of Brookfield. He was formerly Senior Vice-President, Operations of Brookfield Power, and President & CEO of Brookfield subsidiaries Great Lakes Power Limited and Lake Superior Power. Mr. Clark has over 30 years of experience as an engineer, manager, and executive in the electric power generation, transmission and distribution sectors. He has served with many associations, committees, and task forces in the power industry. Mr. Clark is a founding Director and current Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Hydropower Association, a Director of the International Hydropower Association, and a Senior Member of IEEE.
Photovoltaic-based Smart Micro Grids in Nemiah Valley British Columbia
Today's aging electrical grid infrastructures are increasingly being pushed to its limits by load growth. Fortunately, smart technologies such as intelligent / dispatchable loads, renewable energy sources and energy storage can help to make more effective use of existing electrical grid infrastructure. Unfortunately, due to issues of scale, expense and utility regulation it's difficult to evolve research ideas from interesting concepts to real operation in the field. The concept of using small remote off-grid power systems is interesting to the investigation and validation of sustainable intelligent grid technologies. The inherent 'weakness' of the small isolated grids allows for small deployments of various technologies to have a more pronounced and observable effect on the operation of the power system. This tutorial looks at the continuous evolution of a sustainable intelligent micro-grid located in British Columbia. In particular smart metering, pricing signals, demand response, high-penetrations of PV energy and energy storage are deployed and real-life experiences are discussed. 
Speaker's bio: Dr. Andrew Swingler has been with Xantrex Technology and nowThe Renewable Energies Business of Schneider Electric for the past 11 years. Andrew started his career as an electrician's helper before obtaining technologist diploma  at  the  Nova  Scotia  Institute  of  Technology,  a  bachelor’s  degree  at Lakehead University and finally a Ph.D. degree from the University of British Columbia in 2004  – all in the field of Electrical Engineering and with a focus on power electronics. Andrew’s experience and expertise ranges across the intelligent grid spectrum from high-performance off-grid PV-hybrid power systems to the integration and optimization of injecting PV energy directly to the grid.  Andrew  is  also  active  within  The  International  Energy  Association’s  PVPS Task 11 working group and is an adjunct professor of Electrical Engineering at Concordia University. Andrew currently works as a Senior Staff Engineer within The Renewable Energies Business of Schneider Electric’s advanced development department. 
LED Street Lights are Ready for Prime Time

The development of high output white light emitting diodes (LED) has recently been adapted to the design and development of LED based street lights. When such lighting systems are designed with 'best practice' concepts for optics, power electronics, and mechanical and thermal design, a significantly improved opto-electronic system is realized when compared with legacy high pressure sodium (HPS) bulb based lighting systems that are currently in use. In this presentation, the basic subsystems of an LED street light will be reviewed. The results of case studies will be shown for communities where HPS street lights were replaced by LED street lights. The findings show that implementation of LED street lights can provide substantial savings in electrical energy consumption and much lower life cycle costs. It will be shown that the Satellite series of LED street lights from LED Roadway Lighting have been found to provide between 50% and 70% energy saving which reduces greenhouse gas emissions, reduces operating costs through significant maintenance cost reduction and also provides better quality lighting as a bonus.  

Speaker's bio:
  Jack has a PhD in Physics from the University of Waterloo.Jack received a Canada Council Killam Memorial Canada Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award when he graduated with a PhD in Physics from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and started his career as a research scientist at Harvard University where he was a Research Fellow.    Jack began his industrial research career with Xerox, developing thin film (electron beam deposited) solid state voltage limit switches and laser scanning systems.  He then moved to Hughes Research Laboratories, Malibu, CA, where he was a Senior Scientist and then a Research Program Manager. Jack led the fabrication of the world's first gallium arsenide high speed integrated circuits using self-aligned field effect transistors with pure tungsten gates and was involved in the fabrication of large scale, high speed integrated circuits for satellite applications.
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1- All Accepted Papers will be Published in IEEE Xplore
2- Papers in These and Related Technologies are Encouraged
3- Technical as well as Policy Papers will be Considered
4- All Papers will be Scheduled for Presentation
5- In Addition to the Papers Presentation, there will be Four Panel Sessions (One per Theme) with Distinguished Speakers

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