Join us on May 29th for a conversation about the future of energy on Ontario.

How is Ontario’s energy sector being affected by technological disruption? How can consumers, providers and regulators best address opportunities and challenges presented by emerging technologies, from generation and storage to conservation and local distribution?

At a time of rapid technological change, all energy sector stakeholders need to be prepared for what is coming. Join a discussion with leading international experts that builds on Mowat Energy’s recent Emerging Energy Trends research. This conference will lay the groundwork for fresh and innovative thinking about how Ontario’s energy sector can respond to recent technological developments, and future ones already on the horizon, to ensure all Ontarians benefit.



Master of Ceremonies

Sean Conway, Ryerson University

8:45 am – 9:00 am

Welcome Address: Placing Distributed Energy Resources into the Ontario Energy Context

Paul Sommerville, Mowat Centre
9:00 am – 10:30 am

Session 1: Regional Energy Planning

Regional energy planning is becoming a crucial consideration in the regulatory and operating environment. This panel will examine who needs to participate, how system concerns should be reflected in energy planning, and how other forms of local and regional planning – such as land-use and transportation – could be integrated into it.

George Vegh, McCarthy Tétrault

Fernando Carou, City of Toronto
Richard Laszlo, QUEST
Scott Stevens, Northland Power
Joe Toneguzzo, IESO
Sarah Van Der Paelt, Union Gas
10:45 am – 12:00

Session 2: Ratemaking and Distributed Energy Resources

Valuing distributed energy resources (DER) properly is crucial to ensuring the efficient planning and operation of the energy system. Yet there are questions as to how exactly DER should be valued, what considerations need to be included, and how granular the rates should be. This panel will also examine how to ensure that full costs and benefits of any DER installations are taken into account.

Robert Warren, WeirFoulds

Ira Shavel, Brattle Group Presentation
Indy J. Butany-DeSouza, Alectra
Kaleb Ruch, Toronto Hydro
Geoff Osborne, NRStor
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Session 3: Utility Business Models

The durability of the current business model governing energy utilities in an evolving distributed future is at issue. This panel will examine the role of the franchised utility in the future, and the implications of new business models for utilities, ratepayers and potential competitors.

Jay Shepherd, Shepherd Rubenstein

Ken Costello, National Regulatory Research Institute
Steve McGill, Enbridge Gas
Gord Reynolds, Spark Solar
Gregory Van Dusen, Hydro Ottawa
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Session 4: Policy and Regulatory Evolution

The future of energy will require an evolution in energy policy and regulation. Transparency and consumer rights may become larger issues, as well as how to respond to changes in technology and utility business models. This panel will consider how policy and regulation could co-exist and work together to ensure that all stakeholders can benefit from the evolution of the sector.

Cynthia Chaplin

Teresa Sarkesian, Electricity Distributors Association
Julie Girvan, Consumers Council of Canada
David Collie, Electrical Safety Authority
Sarah Petrevan, Clean Energy Canada


Enbridge logo

Alectra logo

Hydro Ottawa logo

ieso logo



Emerging Energy Trends Report

This report identifies regulatory and policy responses to the advent of an energy future with high levels of distributed energy resources, building on European and U.S. experience responding to this development. The report identifies a number of regulatory principles that could help ensure a fair, transparent and durable environment where distributed energy resources can compete on their own merits, allowing for the development of a future energy system that will benefit the entire province.

View this report and others on Mowat Energy’s Emerging Energy Trends webpage.