Sep. 25, 2008
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DINNER AND REFRESHMENTS SERVED
The U of A Energy Club is pleased to announce "Dispelling the Myths" as our first event of the 2008-2009 academic year. We look forward to an exciting evening of lively energy discussion and the opportunity to address common misconceptions of renewable energies and fossil fuels.
We also wish to address economic, societal and environmental challenges associated with the integration of renewable energies in Alberta. Specifically, what would a transition of jobs from the oil and gas industry to renewable energy development mean for an Albertan economy and what challenges exist for implementing this new technology into an existing electrical grid.
We hope to encourage an active student body on energy issues in this pivotal era of growing energy demand and to provide direction into the Club's 2008-2009 theme of "Campus Sustainability".
Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)
Robert Baker, P.Eng. works as manager of forecasting in the AESO's Regulatory group. He joined the company in May 1998 as an operations engineer and has worked in the Planning, Operations, Load Settlement, Market, and Engineering Projects groups. He has also led or participated in numerous industry committees and is publishing several power system articles. Currently, he leads a team responsible for the mid and long-term Alberta load forecast, the procurement of Ancillary Services, developing the loss factor methodology, and reporting system losses. He studied electrical engineering at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. Rob previously worked for SaskPower in the transmission planning and operations areas.
University of Alberta
Dr. Joseph Doucet joined the University of Alberta’s School of Business in July 2000 and holds the position of Enbridge Professor of Energy Policy. In the School of Business he directs a specialized MBA program in natural resources and energy as well as the Center for Applied Business Research in Energy and the Environment (CABREE).
Dr. Doucet is currently the President of the Canadian affiliate of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE). Dr. Doucet’s research interests are in energy and regulatory economics and policy, with particular interest in electricity markets. His research has appeared in journals such as The Energy Journal, Energy Economics, the Journal of Regulatory Economics and the Canadian Journal of Economics. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Regulatory Economics, and between 2000 and 2006 he was editor of the journal Energy Studies Review.
Dr. Doucet was appointed Director of the University of Alberta’s School of Energy and the Environment (SEE) in December of 2006.
Mike Kennedy is a Senior Resource Economist with the Pembina Institute's Green Economics and Policy program. Mike's research work involves providing policy advice to government, private corporations and other non-government organizations in Canada and abroad on policy issues related to: natural resource valuation, ecological goods and service provision, carbon pricing and tax policy for natural resource sectors. Mike holds a Bachelor and Masters of Science degrees from the University of New Brunswick with a concentration in natural resource and environmental economics.