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How Does BC Fit in the Energy Grid ?

Chapter Meeting
Sep 17 2012 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Power Lines at Dusk

These are interesting times in BC with regard to energy policy and practice, in particular for electricity:

  •  BC Hydro’s draft Integrated Resource Plan;
  • new provincial policy approaches changing our energy supply from low-cost and reliable to self-sufficient with “insurance” – and now to a more muted self-sufficient status;
  • the prospect of major industrial load-growth from liquefied natural gas (LNG) export; and
  • the pending renewal/renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty

all point to challenges and opportunities.

In this talk, Dr. Pitt will share some perspectives on the above elements derived from current research and look at BC in the context of the WECC (Western Electric Coordinating Council), which is the ‘grid’ to which we are connected. He will also briefly discuss some observations on global electricity production and trends, including interesting prospects about nuclear fusion and a BC connection.  It’s a great time to be an energy-geek.

Presenter: Dr. Lawrence Pitt earned his BSc in Applied Physics, and MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta and a PhD in Plasma Physics from the University of Victoria. He has been involved in a variety of energy systems R&D: laser-fusion; combustion systems and alternative fuelled vehicle systems design; hydrogen and fuel cell systems; and grid integration of large-scale renewables.

Dr. Pitt has taught at UVic for which he received the Outstanding Engineering Teaching Award; served as Research Coordinator at UVic’s Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic); and is currently Associate Director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS).

He is currently involved with a project looking out to 2050 at potential trans-Canada energy grid integration by exploring various scenarios for renewable and conventional generation build-out in Canada.