Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Act legislates a target for at least 30% of the electric energy produced in Alberta, measured on an annual basis, to be produced from renewable energy resources by 2030. With less than 10% of the province’s electricity renewable today, significant development and investment in new renewable electricity generation capacity is required at all available scales throughout the coming decade. However, many misconceptions remain in the public realm about the significance of the role that variable renewable electricity can play in a reliable electricity system despite a growing number of jurisdictions already achieving more than 30% today.
Addressing these misconceptions in Solar Canada 2018’s Keynote Luncheon Address “Beyond 30% Renewable Electricity in Alberta: Supply-Mix Considerations” will be Dr. Christopher Clack, Chief Executive Officer, Vibrant Clean Energy, LLC (VCE). Dr. Clack, an expert in mathematics, statistics and optimization, holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Manchester and a PhD from the University of Sheffield. Dr. Clack has held numerous research positions with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Research Council (NRC), National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) where he gained further skills in numerical weather prediction, electrical engineering, and economics. In addition to an extensive consulting practice working with system operators and utilities throughout the United States, Dr. Clack also continues to contribute to the academic understanding of the grid-integration of high penetrations of variable renewables.