Date: October 11, 2023
Location: Fredericton Convention Center, Fredericton, NB
Number of Attendees: 80+
The Public Summit on the New Brunswick Energy Plan, held at the Fredericton Convention Center, brought together industry leaders, policymakers, and experts to discuss the future of energy in New Brunswick. The event focused on renewable energy sources, smart grid technology, and sustainable energy practices. Premier Blaine Higgs, Brad McPherson, Amanda Dacyk, and other distinguished speakers shared their insights on the path to a greener, more sustainable future for the province.
Welcoming and Introductions
- The event began with a warm welcome from Daryl Branscombe and an introduction by Moderator Michelle Robichaud, President of Atlantica Center for Energy.
- Premier Blaine Higgs shared his extensive background in engineering and the energy sector, emphasizing the importance of addressing New Brunswick’s energy challenges.
Setting the Stage
Brad McPherson, Director of Innovation at the Center for Nuclear Energy, University of New Brunswick, gave an informative presentation on the current state of energy innovation and the role of academia in shaping New Brunswick’s energy future.
Amanda Dacyk, Deputy Director – Policy at Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency, shared insights into national energy efficiency initiatives and the role of New Brunswick in achieving energy sustainability.
Panel Discussion: The Potential of Wind, Solar, and Other Renewables
A panel discussion moderated by Michelle Robichaud, President of Atlantic Center for Energy with panelists including: Mark McAloon, CEO, Smart Energy Company; Austen Hughes, Vice President, Natural Forces; Giles Counsell, Managing Consultant, Smart Energy Lead, Siemens Canada; and Meaghan Seagrave, Executive Director, BioIndustrial Innovation Canada explored the potential of wind, solar, and other renewables in meeting New Brunswick’s energy needs. Experts highlighted the importance of smart grid technology for integration.
Tobique First Nation Wind Project
A special presentation provided an update on the Tobique First Nation Wind Project, showcasing the importance of collaboration with indigenous communities in renewable energy development.
Net Zero Plan to 2030
Ryan Mitchell, CEO of Saint John Energy, outlined the organization’s roadmap to achieving net-zero emissions by 2030. The utility’s innovative approach garnered recognition as a sustainability leader in Canada.
Future Energy Plan
Brad Coady, VP of NB Power, discussed the utility’s future energy plan, emphasizing New Brunswick’s commitment to sustainable energy practices and green technologies.
Jeff Hoyt, Assistant Deputy Minister of the Department of Natural Resources and Energy Development, presented an insightful energy outlook for the province.
Throughout the day, attendees engaged with speakers in interactive Q&A sessions, gaining further insights and clarifications on critical energy topics.
Next Steps and Commitments
Daryl Branscombe concluded the event by inviting attendees to share their commitments and next steps toward achieving a greener energy future for New Brunswick.
We extend our sincere gratitude to all participants, speakers, sponsors, and the over 80 attendees who contributed to the success of this event. Your commitment to a sustainable energy future is inspiring.
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