Renewable Energy Dialogues 2009 - 2011


April 19, 2011 - Communities Taking Action for a Low Carbon Future - an invitational think tank

In 2008 the BC government introduced climate change legislation (Bill C27) requiring local governments to include targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emission (33% reduction of 2007 levels by 2020) and to describe the policies and actions that they will employ to achieve those targets. Throughout BC local governments are seeking knowledge and practical examples for how to proceed with this mandate. This think tank included a combination of presentations, case studies highlighting initiatives developed a the local level and dialogue to share knowledge about and assess what practical tools are available for local government to employ as they strive to meet the targets set out by Bill C27.

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On-Site Program

Speaker Slides

District of Sechelt and Dawson Creek as Case Studies by Emanuel Machado, Manager of Sustainability Services and Special Projects, District of Sechelt

District of North Vancouver by Dominica Babicki, Energy Manager, District of North Vancouver

Toronto Atmospheric Fund by Julia Langer, Executive Director, Toronto Atmospheric Fund

The Dragons of Inaction by Robert Gifford, Professor, Psychology, University of Victoria

Carbon Neutral Local Government by Ben Finkelstein, Manager, Green Communities, Climate Action Secretariat, BC Ministry of Environment

Retrofits and Retrofit Financing by Maureen Cureton, Green Business Manager, Vancity

Experience with Conservation Policies and Programs: Cost and Effectiveness by Suzanne Goldberg, MKJA Energy Consultants

Londsdale Energy District System by Glenn Stainton, Vice President Operations, Lonsdale Energy Corp

Spatial decision support systems for domestic and district solar energy generation by Michael Van der Laan, MSC Candidate, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, UBC

TWN Wind Power Project by Lori Simcox, Business Manager, Economic Development, Tsleil-Waututh Nation

Geoexchange Systems by Gordon McDonald, Associate, Cobalt Engineering

Biomass and District Energy by Jonathan Wilkinson, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Netxterra

Mini Hydro by Marco Cusano, Creus Engineering

Toronto's Urban Forest iTree Eco Assessment: Carbon Storage and Sequestration by Arthur Beauregard, Manager, Urban Forestry Policy and Planning, City of Toronto


November 3-4, 2009, Building a Vision for Green Energy in British Columbia

Given the mounting concerns surrounding global climate change impacts, green energy is a topical issue. It has also been a controversial issue in BC, with dialogue around the development of run-of-river hydropower particularly polarized.

The goal of this dialogue is to examine options for renewable energy with a main focus on hydro electric power. To achieve this, presentations, panels and dialogue will explore the issues through diverse perspectives including industry, science, institutions, First Nations and civil society.

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Proceedings Edited by Patricia Gallaugher and Laurie Wood

On-Site Program

Speaker Slides

Context for Dialogue by Michael Harstone, Compass Resource Management

The Difficult Trade-Offs of Green Energy by Dr. Mark Jaccard, School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University

Future Planning Needs in B.C. and the Potential for Green Energy by Cam Matteson, Director, Energy and Planning, BC Hydro

Independent Power Producers Vision for Green Energy in BC by Harvie Campbell, Chair, Independent Power Producers of Bc

Customer and Strategy Development by Doug Little, Vice President, Customer and Strategy Development, BC Transmission Corporation

Aquatic Ecosystem Impacts of River diversion for Hydro Power by Jack Stanford, Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana

Energy and the Environment by Scott Harrison, BC Hydro Field Operations Environment and Social Issues

PowerUp Canada by Tseporah Berman, Executive Director, PowerUp Canada

Overview of Day I by Michael Harstone, Compass Resource Management

The Atlin Hydro Project: Generation for Generations by Peter Kirby, Taku Land Corporation

NaiKun Offshore Wind Energy Project by Matt Burns, Naikun

Climate Change and Poetntial Hydrologic Consequences in BC by R.D. (Dan) Moore, UBC

Greener Vision for Hydro Projects Ray Pillman

Perspectives on Green Energy - Ron Monk, Kerr Wood Leidal and Associates

The Role of District Energy: Greening Heating and Electricity Supply by Trent Berry, Compass Resource Management

Vancouver Airport Authority - Perspectives on Green Energy by Simon Robinson, Environmental Specialist

Getting to sustainable renewable energy development in BC by Nicholas Heap, David Suzuki Foundation