President and CEO, PowerStreamPowerStream is one of the first utilities of its size in North America to initiate a proof-of-concept trial of a Micro Grid Demonstration Project that includes solar, wind and natural gas generation sources, three different battery storage technologies, and a Micro Grid Control System. Located at the head office, the system provides electricity for lighting, air conditioning, refrigeration and EV charging and can be disconnected from the grid to operate these loads. Additionally, at the completion of the organization’s first four year conservation plan, it exceeded its prescribed energy reduction target by 68 GWh, made possible through many residential customer and business programs (410.49 GWh saved) that provide incentives to upgrade to energy efficient alternatives. With 90 solar projects in commercial operation, Brian became CanSIA’s Solar Leader of the Year.
Vice President, Major Developments, EmeraRobin was instrumental in implementing a major renewable energy program to help Nova Scotia reduce its historical heavy reliance on coal generation and to achieve its target of 40% renewable generation by 2020. This represents among the fastest rate of change to cleaner generation amongst North American utilities. The various initiatives Robin led include the addition of large-scale wind farms and a 60 MW biomass generation facility, a partnership with Nissan Canada to promote the use of electric vehicles (EVs) and a plan to convert high-pressure sodium streetlights in the province to LED technology. Under Robin’s leadership, Nova Scotia Power implemented on-bill financing for efficient air-source heat pumps for customers. So far, 10,000 heat pumps have been successfully installed through this program. Thanks to his contributions, Nova Scotia Power reduced its use of coal by 15.3%, and increased wind and biomass energy by 7% and 3% respectively. These efforts played an important role in Nova Scotia’s ongoing move away from fossil fuels.
Scott Thomson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Manitoba Hydro
Lloyd Kuczek, Vice-President, Customer Care & Energy Conservation, Manitoba Hydro
Ruth Kristjanson, Vice-President, Corporate Relations, Manitoba Hydro
Lorne Midford, Vice-President, Generation Operations, Manitoba Hydro
Manitoba Hydro Team: Scott Thomson, Lloyd Kuczek, Ruth Kristjanson & Lorne Midford
With a generation resource that is more than 98% renewable, Manitoba Hydro continues the pursuit of a vibrant and sustainable resource portfolio. In 2014, approval to develop Keeyask Generating Station was secured, adding 695 MW to its archive of renewable hydraulic generation. Moreover, the team is facilitating expansion of demand-side management initiatives using resources such as biomass and industrial waste streams, which is intended to provide an additional 895 MW and 3,590 GWh in savings by 2029. This would allow existing generation resources to serve more than 50% of anticipated future load growth. At the Clean50, we really like the fact that in 2013, Manitoba's electricity generation contributed a mere 2.6 tonnes of CO2e/GWh. This compares to, for example, Saskatchewan, which has a GhG generation intensity of 690 tonnes of CO2e/GWh.
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