US-Canada Clean Energy Dialogue 2010 Conference - Increasing Trade in Clean Electricity

Venue: Hyatt Regency O\'Hare

Location: Rosemont, Illinois, United States

Event Date/Time: May 19, 2010 End Date/Time: May 20, 2010
Registration Date: May 10, 2010
Early Registration Date: May 03, 2010
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The Clean Energy Dialogue (CED) was announced in February 2009 when President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper met in Ottawa. The CED is charged with expanding clean energy research and development, developing and deploying clean energy technology, and building a more efficient electricity grid based on clean and renewable energy in order to reduce greenhouse gases and combat climate change in both countries. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Canadian Minister of Environment Jim Prentice serve as the lead government officials for moving the CED forward. See the CED Action Plan (PDF 702 KB) and First Report (PDF 71 KB) to the Prime Minister of Canada and the President of the United States of America.

The United States and Canada recognize energy trade as a pathway to achieving renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.

The North American electricity market is deeply integrated across national borders. For example, electricity flows between Canadian provinces and interconnected U.S. jurisdictions exceed interprovincial power transfers. These flows are important for balancing loads and managing reliability in both countries.

This substantial extent of interconnection between both nations, and the relative ease of transferring power across the border, has led to a trading relationship where both countries benefit from seasonal differences in electricity demand and a more widely diversified generation resource mix than would be possible without trade.

The substantial integration between the two countries both in physical terms, as well as in the management and oversight of the electricity system, means that there is common interest in understanding and addressing key policy and market trends, including: increasing supply of clean energy and associated transmission; load management, demand response, and energy storage; and smart grid technologies.

This conference will bring together key stakeholders from both countries to identify potential resources and markets for increased trade in clean electricity and ancillary services between both countries. The conference will consist of moderated panel discussions, facilitated discussions, audience input, and a closing overview session.


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