Renewables in a post COP21 world: are they really competitive?

May 2, 2016 4:00 PM - May 2, 2016 5:30 PM | Ottawa

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
in partnership with Sustainable Prosperity
presented a talk on the topic

Renewables in a post COP21 world: are they really competitive?

German Ambassador Werner Wnendt providing the opening remarks Enlarge image German Ambassador Werner Wnendt providing the opening remarks (© German Embassy Ottawa) With opening remarks by Werner Wnendt, German Ambassador, and a keynote speech by Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes, Vice-President of European Renewable Energies Federation

Followed by a panel discussion with:

Niall O’Dea, Director General, Electricity Resources at NRCan
Michael Weidemann, Executive Vice President of ENERCON Canada Inc.
Graham Campbell, President, Energy Council of Canada

Moderator: Céline Bak, Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation

6th edition of the Ottawa Climate Talks, at the Ottawa City Hall Enlarge image 6th edition of the Ottawa Climate Talks, at the Ottawa City Hall (© German Embassy Ottawa) Monday, May 2nd, 2016
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Followed by a cocktail

Location
Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Jean Pigott Place

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Moderator:

Céline Bak is the Founder and President of Analytica Advisors where she has authored and published six national reports that revealed the clean technology industry’s activity as meaningful and measurable and in so doing has accelerated a major industrial transformation in Canada. She is a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation where she leads the Canadian Clean Technology Innovation (CCTI) Partnership for policy global best practices. She sits as an independent director at Green Centre Canada and serves on the Core Evaluation Team for Genome Canada's Genomic Applications Partnership Program. She has worked in 25 countries and began exporting in the late 80’s.

The panel: Niall O’Dea, Director General, Electricity Resources at NRCan; Michael Weidemann, Executive Vice President of ENERCON Canada Inc.; Céline Bak, Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation; Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes, Vice-President of European Renewable Energies Federation; Graham Campbell, President, Energy Council of Canada Enlarge image The panel, from left: Niall O’Dea, Director General, Electricity Resources at NRCan; Michael Weidemann, Executive Vice President of ENERCON Canada Inc.; Céline Bak, Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation; Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes, Vice-President of European Renewable Energies Federation; Graham Campbell, President, Energy Council of Canada (© German Embassy Ottawa) Panelists:

Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes is the Vice-President of the European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF), the voice of independent producers of energy from renewable sources and the umbrella organization of national renewable energy associations. He has been a Board Member of the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) and BEE's representative in the Board of EREF, since 2006. He is former Director General of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment.

Niall O’Dea is Director General of Electricity Resources at Natural Resources Canada. Niall joined the Government of Canada in 2006, working first at Environment Canada on policy, legislative and regulatory proposals for reducing industrial greenhouse gas emissions. He joined Natural Resources Canada in 2011 as Director of Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation and was, most recently, Senior Policy Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources.

Michael Weidemann, Executive Vice-President ENERCON Canada Inc., is the Regional Director of all North American operations and subsidiaries – with ENERCON’s principal focus on the success of the Canadian market. With 20 years of direct commercial and technical experience in the wind industry, Michael brings extensive background from diverse markets such as Germany and Mediterranean Europe before coming to Canada.

Graham Campbell, President, Energy Council of Canada, started his career in the oil and gas industry, followed by executive positions in government and regulatory agencies and culminating as Director General, Office of Energy Research and Development, Energy Sector with Natural Resources Canada. Following his work in government, Graham undertook policy research at the Conference Board of Canada, and more recently, he led the Sustainable Energy Research Centre at Carleton University as its Executive Director.

Sponsor: ENERCON
Established in 1984 in Germany, ENERCON is a leader in wind turbine design and sales worldwide known for its reliability and performance through gearless generator technologies, high manufacturing standards and comprehensive long-term service agreements. To-date, ENERCON has installed more than 2,000 MW in Canada, confirming ENERCON Canada’s presence as a Canadian leader in the wind energy market.

Renewables in a post COP21 world

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