Energy Storage Alberta – CanREA Summit

June 5, 2024, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Calgary Marriott Downtown (110 9th Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta)

The Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) is proud to launch a new conference series this spring. Each CanREA Summit will be unique, offering a deep, focused and specialized dive into topics relevant to a particular region of Canada, such as energy storage in Alberta, achieving carbon neutrality in Quebec and financing the development of renewable energy across Canada.

Alberta is designing a Restructured Energy Market and energy storage will play a big role. For Alberta’s energy storage players, this means new and exciting opportunities are emerging.

Learn more at Energy Storage Alberta—CanREA Summit, taking place in downtown Calgary on June 5, 2024. This full-day conference will be devoted to examining how energy storage can operate in Alberta’s changing marketplace going forward.

Attendees will hear directly from our keynote speaker, Alberta’s Minister of Affordability and Utilities Nathan Neudorf, as well as from AESO decision makers, CanREA’s policy team, and many more expert speakers who have been deeply involved in energy storage globally, as well as in the ongoing dialogue on Alberta’s policy and market reforms.

The conference program will provide clarity and direction on the expected market changes in Alberta, and what it means for energy storage. Learn how energy storage will play a critical role in Alberta’s clean, affordable and reliable energy future, become aware of the risks and opportunities associated with the proposed Restructured Energy Market (RES), and understand the transmission costs for operating in Alberta.

The Summit’s presentations will touch on:

  • What’s next for the Alberta electricity market, and why do we need energy storage?
  • State of the electricity market: energy storage opportunities and value.
  • Need-to-know case studies of Alberta energy storage projects and the innovations that go with them.
  • Opportunities now that Bill 22 has been proclaimed
  • Fast frequency response needs in Alberta
  • Customer needs that energy storage can serve, including backup power and peak shaving.
  • Demand Opportunity Service (DOS) tariff overview and implications for energy storage.
  • Long-duration energy storage

For added value, there will be plenty of opportunities to network with industry players in Alberta’s growing energy storage community throughout the day.

Continue those conversations after the Summit at CanREA’s highly anticipated “CanREA Connects—Alberta” networking event, which is always an excellent opportunity to unwind, mingle and discuss renewable energy and energy storage in Alberta with your industry peers. Learn more here.

Registration fees

CanREA members: Early bird rate: $300; Regular rate: $400; On-site rate: $600
Non-members: Early bird rate: $500; Regular rate: $600; On-site rate: $800
Special package rates are available (including both the Summit and the CanREA Connects networking reception). See details on the registration site.
All registration fees are subject to applicable taxes.
Early bird rates available until 11:59 p.m. ET on April 23, 2024.

View the entire year of CanREA events here.


8 a.m.   
Coffee and networking   

9 – 9:15 a.m.   
Welcome and opening remarks    
Vittoria Bellissimo, President and CEO, Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA)      

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.   
Keynote address   
Nathan Neudorf  
Minister of Affordability and Utilities  
Government of Alberta

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.   
Opening plenary    
What’s next for the Alberta electricity market, and why do we need energy storage?   
Energy storage is poised to play an important role in Alberta’s Restructured Energy Market (REM). On top of this, with the energy transition, our electricity system is embarking on the biggest transformation in its 100-plus year history. Both the supply mix and system needs are evolving rapidly. This panel will examine the systems and market changes expected in the next five years, focusing on how energy storage can play a significant role in keeping the lights on, affordably.   

10:30 – 11 a.m.   
Networking break    

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.   
Recipe for reliability: Energy storage in Alberta   
The AESO’s 2023 Reliability Requirements Roadmap identified system-operating challenges that the Alberta grid may experience in the next decade. Energy storage is a reliability solution: it can provide ancillary services, frequency regulation, ramping support, voltage support and black start. It can also serve customers with on-site reliability needs. This panel will examine the reliability solutions that energy storage can bring to the table in Alberta.   

12 – 1 p.m.   
Networking lunch    

1 – 2 p.m.   
Revolutionizing the grid: The potential of energy storage for wires in Alberta   
With the proclamation of The Electricity Statutes (Modernizing Alberta’s Electricity Grid) Amendment Act, 2022 (formerly Bill 22), distribution and transmission utilities are permitted to own and operate energy storage assets under specific conditions. This introduces a new tool for utilities to help reduce wires costs for customers in Alberta. This panel will outline the new rules on energy storage for wires and run through examples of what success can look like.    

2- 2:30 p.m.    
Networking break    

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.   
Arbitraging the market: Energy storage market opportunities in Alberta   
Buy low, sell high, repeat! Energy storage can arbitrage the market and effectively smooth out volatility, as electricity from low-cost renewable resources can be time-shifted to periods when the sun is not shining and the wind is not blowing. This session opens with an overview of the Demand Opportunity Service (DOS) tariff, as applicable to energy storage facilities, then examines how storage can add value to Alberta’s energy market while stacking different revenue streams.    

3:30 – 4 p.m.   
Networking break   

4 – 5 p.m.   
Beyond the battery: Innovative energy storage technologies   
Today, energy storage is so much more than lithium-ion batteries. Technologies are changing, companies are innovating, and new systems to solve clean electricity challenges are being deployed every year. Our panellists will walk us through their innovative energy-storage technologies, including long-duration storage and new battery chemistries. Don’t miss this cutting-edge preview of energy storage development!   

5 – 7 p.m.   
CanREA Connects—Alberta  
(Separate registration required)  
Join CanREA for an in-person networking reception, immediately following the Summit. This will be the perfect occasion to discuss the changes in Alberta’s renewable energy sector and CanREA’s efforts to bring forward a unified voice for the industry. Don’t miss the opportunity to position your company as an industry leader, make new connections, engage with other organizations and support CanREA’s strong and continued presence in Alberta.     

Thank you to our sponsors

Sponsorship opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this CanREA Event. Please view the sponsorship webpage here and contact Julie Mair, CanREA’s Director, Membership and Business Development, to discuss interesting ways you can stand out from the crowd as a sponsor and showcase your company as a leader in the industry. 

Health and safety 

CanREA places the highest importance on health and safety. CanREA events follow, at a minimum, the relevant public health guidelines determined by the jurisdiction where the event is being held. CanREA is committed to taking the precautions necessary to ensure our in-person events provide a safe environment for all, including attendees, participants, vendors and employees.