Speaker: Allan Fogwill

Date: March 26, 2019

Allan Fogwill joined the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI) in 2014 as President and CEO. As an energy sector executive with over 25 years of experience in both the public and private sector, Mr. Fogwill has specialized in economic and market analysis of energy sector issues as well as policy development in the realm of energy regulation and efficiency. Mr. Fogwill has previously worked for natural gas distribution companies in BC and Ontario as well as for the Ontario Energy Board. Allan has a master’s degree from SFU in Natural Resources Management and has served as the Chair and CEO of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance and the Canadian Gas Research Institute.

Mr. Fogwill’s presentation discussed alternative pathways to transform the electricity grid in the four western provinces: BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Topics discussed included different pathways to achieving deeper emissions reductions, impacts on system reliability, the value of trade, and impacts on electricity rates. Key messages included the ineffectiveness of the inconsistent Canadian plan to reduce carbon emissions and the potential of cross-provincial interconnection to benefit the western provinces. Mr. Fogwill concluded his presentation with several insights into necessary attributes of technologies and system configurations that would help facilitate the transition to cleaner energy systems.

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