ISE Seminar – Ontario’s Energy System – Emissions and Rates

ISE presents a two-part seminar on Ontario’s energy system, touching on ways to affordably reduce emissions, and alternative models for electricity rates.

Speakers: Paul Acchione, M.Eng., P.Eng., FCAE
Charles Rhodes, B.Sc., M.A.Sc., Ph.D., P. Eng.

Date and Time: Thursday, February 9, 2017, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Location: Fitzgerald Building, room 103, 150 College Street, Toronto, ON

Registration: adjustment

1. Ontario’s Energy Dilemma: Reducing Emissions at an Affordable Cost
The seminar discusses the challenges we face to reduce emissions across the economy and the opportunities to leverage a low emission electrical system to facilitate carbon emission reductions in other sectors like transportation, buildings and industry. The presentation includes:
• Power System Carbon Emissions
• Consumer Demand Profile
• Production Profiles for Zero-Emission Generation Technologies
• Availability of Surplus Zero-Emission Electricity
• Policy Barriers to Effective Utilization of Surplus Low Emission Electricity

Speaker: Paul Acchione, M.Eng., P.Eng., FCAE
Paul has a B.A.Sc. and M.Eng. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto. Paul is a licensed professional engineer in Ontario and is a member of ASME, ANS, IEEE and ISA and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Paul has over 44 years of engineering and management experience in the power generation industry. He worked for 31 years with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and its
predecessor companies. He is now a Management Consultant at Market Intelligence & Data Analysis Corporation and was the 2013-14 President and Chair of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE). Paul is currently a member of OSPE’s Energy Task Force and CSA Group’s Advisory Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE).

2. Electricity Rates – Back to the future
A century ago Ontario Hydro’s primary energy source, Niagara Falls, was non-fossil-based and electricity rates were demand-based. During the last four decades, Ontario’s electricity rates have undergone significant problematic changes, to the unbeknownst detriment of Ontarians. Today most of the grid supplied electrical energy is again non-fossil-based, and for economic viability and environmental sustainability Ontario must
return to demand-based electricity rates that encourage load management and energy storage. During this talk, I will discuss the problems that our current energy infrastructure faces and what corrective steps should be taken for a sustainable future.

Speaker: Charles Rhodes, B.Sc., M.A.Sc., Ph.D., P. Eng.
Charles received his B.Sc. in Honors Physics from Simon Fraser University and received his M.A.Sc and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto. Charles was a founder of ADMIC Controls and was its CEO for 25 years during which time it introduced microprocessor based real time energy management, high efficiency commercial boilers and co-generation systems into over 100 major buildings in the GTA. During the 1980s ADMIC and its associated companies were responsible for much of the thermal energy storage in Ontario. Charles represented associations of large building owners at Ontario Energy Board hearings into Ontario
Hydro wholesale electricity rates. Charles developed energy performance contracts and acted for major parties on matters relating to purchase and metering of electricity, natural gas and heat.