Expert Panel Session on
Green Energy Act (Feed-in Tariffs):
List of the four panelists:
1. Christopher Quirke, Team Leader,
Ontario Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, on "Ontario’s
Green Energy Act - Overview"
2. Derek Satnik, Managing Partner,
Mindscape Innovations, on "Opportunities, Challenges and Policy
Instruments for a Successful Renewable Energy Projects"
3. Jatin Nathwani, Professor,
University of Waterloo, on "Smart Grid in the Context of the
Green Energy Act"
4. Patricia Lightburn, Analyst, OPA (Ontario Power Authority),
topic to be available.
It is planned that
each panelist will make 15 minutes presentation (for a total of one
hour) followed by 30 minutes questions and answers and discussion. Also
the panel info is being featured online at the conference website.
Ontario Ministry of Energy
Chris Quirke is a Team Leader in the Renewable Energy Facilitation
Office (REFO) at the Ontario Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure.
Prior to this, Chris worked for three years as an industry analyst at
the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, looking at alternative
energy industries. Before his time in the Ontario government, Chris
worked for 10 years in high-tech industries, including software/IT,
fibre-optics and semiconductors. During this time, Chris worked for over
3 years in Taiwan, and can speak conversational Mandarin Chinese. Chris
originally graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario with
a 5-year degree in Engineering Physics and Management. In 2004-2005, he
returned to university in Sydney, Australia to complete his Masters
degree in Photovoltaics and Solar Energy.
The Ontario Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure will provide an
overview of Ontario’s Green Energy Act, including discussion of the main
aims of the Act - growth in clean and renewable sources of energy,
energy conservation, and job creation.
ph: 519-744-3592 /
647-367-2938 / 613-366-1922 x221
fax: 519-804-1030 cell:
Derek Satnik was awarded as the KW Chamber of Commerce's 2008
"Entrepreneur of the Year" and as the Canadian Net-Zero Energy Home
Coalition (NZEHC)'s "2009 Net-Zero Energy Home Champion of the Year".
Derek is versed in green building and renewable energy policy from his
many board and committee seats at the Ontario Sustainable Energy
Association (OSEA), Green Energy Act Alliance (GEAA), Canada Green
Building Council (CaGBC), US Green Building Council (USGBC), Canadian
Residential Energy Services Network (CRESNET), Net-Zero Energy Home
Coalition ((NZEHC)), or the more local Community Renewable Energy
Waterloo (CREW), Local Initiative for Future Energy Co-op (LIFE),
Sustainable Waterloo, and more. Derek continues to play a key role in
defining green housing programs such as ENERGY STAR, LEED, Solar Ready,
and Net-Zero, and is a recognized expert in green buildings
(residential, commercial, and industrial) and renewable energy policy.
Derek is an Electrical Engineer by trade, and has worked in the
consulting industry in various roles since 1999, most notably with
Stantec Consulting Ltd., Enermodal Engineering Ltd, and now Mindscape
Innovations Group Inc. Derek’s personal experience ranges from design of
power / lighting / communications / controls systems for the commercial,
institutional, and industrial sectors, to more general aspects of
sustainable design and energy efficiency as a Sustainability Engineer
and LEED Consultant. Derek is directing Mindscape’s activities within
the realm of “green” or “sustainable” design.
- brief overview of different types of renewable energy projects (ie:
review of the different technologies and what purpose they best serve);
- relative comparison of how profitable various project types are in
practice today; - a brief 101 on how to do a renewable energy project; -
summary of the challenges expected with any given project, and
strategies to overcome them; - perhaps a key summary of the outstanding
policy challenges we have that need yet to be resolved.
Engineering and Faculty of Environment
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Professor Jatin Nathwani is the Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy
and Sustainable Energy Management at University of Waterloo, in the
Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Environment. He is the
Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE).
His primary role at Waterloo is to lead a major multi-disciplinary
effort to develop cleaner energy technologies and promote policies to
improve the environmental and economic performance of the energy system
over the long term. Dr. Nathwani’s experience in the energy sector
includes corporate strategy, business planning, policy developments
influencing the electricity sector and the planning, design and
operation of critical infrastructure. His knowledge of industry
practices encompasses regulatory affairs, environmental health and
safety issues and drivers of innovation in business practice. Recently,
as a member of the Ontario Smart Grid Forum, he has contributed to the
shaping of the vision and policies for enabling the smart grid. He was
deeply involved in the development of the environmental and
sustainability facets of Ontario Power Authority's 'Integrated Power
System Plan.' His current focus is on driving innovation to lower cost
to enable renewable resources to be embedded into flexible micro grids.
He also spearheaded the largest North American pilot test of consumer
propensity to reduce energy use through "real time-feedback" and
controls. Over the past two decades, Dr.Nathwani led the formulation and
development of 'The Life Quality Index'- an innovation gaining
increasing acceptance in risk analysis for use as an effective policy
tool for managing life safety risk under the constraint of scarce
resources. Dr. Nathwani has over 80 publications related to energy and
risk management, including four books.
Professor Nathwani will highlight the recent developments and progress
of The Ontario Smart Grid Forum and, in particular, the efforts underway
to provide further guidance on the implementation of the Green Energy
Act. The evolution of the distribution and transmission system to
accommodate increased penetration of distributes renewable generation
resources, including storage and plug-in hybrid vehicles, are important
aspects of the emerging challenges.
Analyst, FIT Program
Ontario Power Authority
120 Adelaide Street West,
Toronto ON M5H 1T1
In 2007 Patricia joined the OPA to work on the Renewable Energy Standard
Offer Program, primarily responsible for research on standard offer
programs in other jurisdictions. After working for a brief period at the
OPA Conservation Bureau, Patricia returned to the Electricity Resources
group to support the development, consultation and successful
implementation of the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Program in Ontario which
includes delivery of FIT/microFIT program rules, contracts and price
schedule. She is currently the lead analyst on FIT policy issues and
program evolution. Patricia graduated from the University of Toronto
with a degree in Environmental Policy.