Renewable energy systems are increasingly disrupting the energy industry. As the price of renewable energy drops, government, institutions and individuals are looking to renewables as a way to power our lives. Renewable energy seems like a scalable solution to fossil-fuel dependency. We are seeing solar farms rising up in California, hydroelectricity production in neighbouring provinces, wind turbines in the prairies and rooftop solar panels on buildings around Calgary including UCalgary's Child Development Centre.
However, transition is rarely easy. The evolution of these technologies has outpaced the electricity grid, policy makers and regulators. The question of how to integrate renewable energy into our society remains. Join a panel of experts for a roundtable discussion about what a renewable energy future could look like and to explore questions such as:
Where will we get our energy in a low-carbon future? Who will produce it and how will it be distributed? What are the drawbacks? How much will it cost and who will pay? Will clean technologies help democratise the grid and put power in the hands of consumers, or will it need to be administered from the top down?
Mary-Ellen Tyler, Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary
David Kelly, Founder and CEO, SkyFire Energy Inc.
Kristina Groves, Consultant, Energy & Environment, Alberta Solar Co-op Project Ambassador, 4X Olympic medalist
Connor Donaldson, Business Development Advisor, Power Distribution & Transmission, Enbridge
Noel Keough, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary