Windmills and Sunflowers

Meeting the PPA Moment in Alberta How Your Organization can get Involved


Mar. 2, 2022  10:00am - 11:30am MST Alberta webinar - Public event

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Join the Business Renewables Centre-Canada for a webinar focused on the power purchasing agreement (PPA) opportunity in the next 4-5 years and how to better position your organization to secure its electricity from renewable sources.

Following a backgrounder with Dr. Sara Hastings-Simon (University of Calgary) on why PPAs have so much momentum today, we will welcome Mark Porter from the Clean Energy Buyers Association (CEBA), to discuss the logistics of forming PPA deals with multiple buyers (“aggregation”).


Why PPAs?

Renewable energy is on the rise in Alberta, with renewable energy power purchasing agreements (PPAs) made by private investments surging eightfold in 2021 compared to 2020. $3.7 billion will be invested into renewable infrastructure construction by 2023, creating 4,500 jobs as a result. We are living in the “PPA moment” in Alberta today.

What will this session be about?

Join us for a session focused on the PPA opportunity in the next 4-5 years and how to better position your organization to secure its electricity from renewable sources. Following a high-level backgrounder on why PPAs have so much momentum today with Dr. Sara Hastings-Simon (University of Calgary), we will welcome Mark Porter from BRC-Canada's sister organization in the U.S., the Clean Energy Buyers Association (CEBA), to discuss the logistics, advantages, and considerations of forming PPA deals with multiple buyers (“aggregation”). In tandem with this session, there will be a breakout room for networking among those interested in getting into more depth with PPAs.

Who is this for?

This event is designed for renewable energy buyers that have a basic knowledge of PPAs and who would like to understand the opportunities for their companies and institutions in the next 4-5 years. 

With a specific focus on aggregation, the second half of the session will especially benefit buyers interested in going in on a PPA with multiple purchasing partners. The concurrent networking session in the second half is open to anyone interested in discussing PPAs and networking with BRC-Canada members.


Speakers

Sara Hastings-Simon

Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept of Physics and Astronomy and School of Public Policy, Director, MSc Sustainable Energy Development Program (SEDV), University of Calgary

Dr. Hastings-Simon is an assistant professor in the department of Physics and Astronomy and the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary.​ Dr. Hastings-Simon is also the director of the MSc in Sustainable Energy Development (SEDV)​ program. She was previously the director of clean economy at the Pembina Institute where she founded the Business Renewables Centre Canada.​ She was also the practice manager for Clean Technologies at McKinsey & Company. 

 

Mark Porter

Vice President of Programs, Clean Energy Buyers Association (CEBA)

Mark started working in renewable energy with Ernst & Young’s (EY) Project Finance and M&A group in the UK. In March 2016, Mark joined RMI’s Business Renewables Center in the U.S. and worked to develop resources accelerating corporate transactions of renewable energy. Most recently, Mark moved from RMI to the newly created Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance to continue the work accelerating corporate procurement. Mark now supports corporations seeking to procure renewable energy for their own load and seeking to support their supply chain partners’ impactful actions across the world.


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