6 episodes

The IESO's Powering Tomorrow Podcast features insightful discussions with leaders from across Ontario's electricity industry and beyond. In each episode, we sit down with guests to get their perspective on the opportunities and challenges power grids are facing in the midst of rapid change, as well as the innovative ideas or concepts that are helping shape the future of the electricity system.

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The IESO's Powering Tomorrow Podcast features insightful discussions with leaders from across Ontario's electricity industry and beyond. In each episode, we sit down with guests to get their perspective on the opportunities and challenges power grids are facing in the midst of rapid change, as well as the innovative ideas or concepts that are helping shape the future of the electricity system.

    Ontario’s electricity system in a post-pandemic era

    Ontario’s electricity system in a post-pandemic era

    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses and industries across the globe have had to make significant changes to how they operate. Organizations across Ontario’s electricity are no exception, continuing to operate as essential services while ensuring the health and safety of employees—this includes generators, locality utilities and consumers. On the latest episode of the podcast, we spoke with Mike Crawley, CEO of Northland Power, Jim Hogan, President and CEO of Entegrus and Mark Schembri, Vice President of Supermarket Systems and Store Maintenance at Loblaw Companies Ltd. to better understand how they’ve been navigating their operations throughout the pandemic and what the future holds for their organizations in a post-pandemic era. We also sit down with Chuck Farmer, the IESO’s Senior Director of Power System Planning to learn more about the impact the pandemic has had on electricity demand in Ontario and the future outlook for the province.

    • 25 min
    The World’s Largest Machine: The North American Power Grid

    The World’s Largest Machine: The North American Power Grid

    The North American power grid is a vast, interconnected network serving almost 400 million consumers across the continent, and is sometimes referred to as “the world’s largest machine.” On the latest episode of the podcast, we go beyond Ontario’s borders to diget the North America-wide picture of the rapid transformation happening to power grids across the continent. Jim Robb, President and CEO of the North American Reliability Corporation discusses the benefits of having an interconnected grid, and how the North American grid of the future will be more digitized, distributed and decarbonized.

    • 24 min
    Addressing the New Realities of Ontario’s Electricity System

    Addressing the New Realities of Ontario’s Electricity System

    The IESO recently released its first Annual Planning Outlook, a 20-year outlook for Ontario’s electricity system. Ontario is in a stable electricity supply situation after years of investment in new generation, with enough existing and available resources to meet the province’s needs for the next decade. On this episode, we sit down with Peter Gregg, the IESO’s President and CEO, live at the Ontario Energy Network’s annual luncheon to discuss the latest Outlook and how the industry can collectively address the new realities of Ontario’s electricity system.

    • 30 min
    Strengthening Cybersecurity Through Collaboration

    Strengthening Cybersecurity Through Collaboration

    Having best-in-class cybersecurity, at a time when cyber threats are increasing and growing in sophistication, is an essential part of the industry’s collective efforts to safeguard the reliability and resiliency of the electricity grid. On this episode, we sit down with Scott Jones, head of the Canadian Centre for Cybersecurity, to learn more about his organization’s role as Canada’s authority on cyber security, and to get his take on the importance of organizations in the electricity industry and beyond working together to shore up their cybersecurity defenses. This episode also features a discussion on how the IESO’s cybersecurity team is strengthening the grid’s resilience through collaboration with partners inside and outside the industry.

    • 25 min
    Building Community Capacity in Indigenous Communities

    Building Community Capacity in Indigenous Communities

    Indigenous communities are increasingly playing an active role in Ontario's energy sector, taking advantage of policies and programs that allow communities to manage their energy and generate revenue in a way that is consistent with their cultural and environmental values. On this episode, we sit down with Lucie Edwards, CEO Opiikapawiin Services LP (OSLP), to learn more about the important work her and OSLP are doing to support the Wataynikaneyap Transmission Project, which will connect remote Indigenous communities in NW Ontario to the power grid. We also sit down with the IESO’s Brett Smith, Senior Manager, First Nations and Métis Relations, to learn more about the IESO’s commitment to working with Indigenous communities to enable them to participate more fully in Ontario’s energy sector.

    • 37 min
    The Future of Electricity

    The Future of Electricity

    Electricity grids around the world are in a state of flux as advances in technology are rapidly transforming the way electricity is generated and distributed to homes and businesses, and is changing the way consumers interact with the power grid. On this episode, we sit down with Derek Lim Soo, CEO of Peak Power, to learn more about how advancements in technology are creating opportunities for consumers to actively engage with the electricity system, while also helping the broader electricity grid become more efficient and cost-effective. We also sit down the IESO’s Katherine Sparkes, Director, Innovation, Research and Development, to learn more about the IESO’s Grid Innovation Fund and Innovation Roadmap

    • 36 min

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