March 5, 2013 @ 11:45 am – 1:30 pm
Bennett Jones One First Canadian Place, 34th Floor Toronto, ON Canada
Henry Vehovec

Mindfirst (M1) is organizing and chairing a series of private energy seminar lunches at Bennett Jones. These events are conducted under Chatham House Rule to prevent unwanted public attribution of comments to attendees.

On March 5 the topic “Derisking Renewable Energy Finance” will be deliberated by a group of senior industry professionals, developers, financiers, executives and policymakers. The latest developments in funding of wind, solar and biofuel projects in Ontario will be covered. Specific questions and topics to be addressed include:

– What risks are there when looking for project approvals and closing project financings?
– What are the risks in Ontario as compared to other jurisdiction in Canada and Europe?
– What impact does the threat of curtailment have? What impact will SE-91 have?
– Can power agreements be used to mitigate risk and help lower costs for ratepayers? What policy changes might be helpful in this regard?
– What is the role of competitive procurement?
– What other issues are important to developers, funders and other stakeholders?
– Which organizations are currently funding projects? Who has funding left and who has spent their allocation?
– Is there enough funding for the existing project backlog?

Confirmed participants include Shawn Cronkwright from Ontario Power Authority (OPA), Kim Warren from IESO, Todd Williams from Navigant and Michael Barrett from Bennett Jones. The seminar discussion lunch is limited to 15 participants. M1 is inviting at least three each of developers, financiers, policymakers, and professionals. Interested participants should contact the organizer directly if they have not received an invitation to date. A participant list will be circulated prior to the event in order to encourage questions and discussion topics to be submitted for the moderator’s consideration.


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