Global Practices, Challenges And Opportunities In Energy Storage For Islands And For Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

Natural Resources Canada invites you to participate in a 90-minute webinar on Energy Storage for Islands and Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Key speakers will include policy and technical experts from the World Bank, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and representatives from islands and SIDS. Discussion will highlight lessons learned, case studies and technology advancements in energy storage and its application in islands communities from SIDS.

Improving access to and the integration of clean and renewable energy systems is a global concern. During Canada’s Joint G7 Ministerial Meeting in 2018, members agreed that clean and resilient energy technologies and systems, as well as nature-based solutions, are an essential part of increasing the overall energy resiliency. This webinar will bring together members and partners from diverse international programs and government organizations to share best practices and lessons learned.

Speakers

Mallika Nanduri Bhatt

Director General of Policy & Planning for Innovation & Energy Technology at NRCan

Mallika Nanduri Bhatt is the Director General of Policy and Planning for Innovation and Energy Technology at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). Her team advances Government-wide initiatives to support clean technology and energy innovation, and operates the Clean Growth Hub - a whole-of-government focal point for clean technology focused on helping stakeholders navigate federal supports. Mallika has over twenty years of diverse Government of Canada experience ranging from senior economist to the management of key partnerships for environmental policy including conservation and climate change adaptation. Mallika holds a Master of Natural Resource Management from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Mallika Nanduri Bhatt

Director General of Policy & Planning for Innovation & Energy Technology at NRCan

Fernando De Sisternes

Energy Specialist, World Bank Group

Fernando leads the variable renewable grid integration program at the World Bank’s Energy Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), and co-leads the Energy Storage Partnership. Since joining the World Bank he has worked with teams around the world on strategic energy planning, energy security, regional market integration, and renewable energy grid integration. Fernando has 13 years energy sector experience including roles at Argonne National Laboratory, the International Energy Agency, Siemens Gamesa, and other organizations as an independent policy consultant, with published works in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Energy Economics, Applied Energy, among others. He holds a PhD in Technology, Management and Policy, and a MS in Technology and Policy from MIT.
Fernando De Sisternes

Energy Specialist, World Bank Group

Paul Durrant

Innovation & Technology Strategy lead, IRENA

Paul has over 20 years’ experience of shaping UK and international innovation policies and programmes. In January 2018 Paul joined IRENA’s Innovation & Technology Centre in Germany. There he leads on strategy and engagement with the aim of fostering deeper international partnership working to accelerate the adoption of the renewable energy technologies.

Paul graduated with a PhD in Nuclear Physics from the UK’s University of Southampton before taking on technology policy roles in the UK Home Office and Department for Transport. For 10 years Paul led on Energy Innovation Policy & Strategy in the UK’s Department of Energy & Climate Change and the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. From Autumn 2015 onwards Paul led UK engagement with the Mission Innovation initiative and later became Head of Mission Innovation’s Secretariat.

Paul Durrant

Innovation & Technology Strategy lead, IRENA

Jeppe Mikel Jensen

Project Coordinator, Clean Energy for European Union Islands

Jeppe Mikel Jensen is the coordinator of the newly established Clean Energy for EU Islands Secretariat. Having worked in a EU and UN context on strengthening local climate action in the EU and the global south for more than ten years, he is now bringing his experience in building networks from the bottom up to the EU's island communities. Jeppe holds a master in social geographer, with a specific focus on participatory planning and local empowerment.
Jeppe Mikel Jensen

Project Coordinator, Clean Energy for European Union Islands

Devon Gardner

Programme Manager of Energy and Head of the Energy Unit at the Caribbean Community Secretariat

DEVON GARDNER has been the Programme Manager for Energy and Head of the Energy Unit at the Caribbean Community Secretariat, since September 2014.

In this role, Devon has oversight of the Energy Programme, which is tasked with the identification of common policies and strategies for transforming the energy sector within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). This transformation requires a shift in a majority of the energy systems within the region from their current states of inefficiency and over‑dependence on imported fossil sources, which exposes them to the uncertainties and volatilities of mostly expensive global oil prices, to a state of greater efficiency and high penetration of indigenous renewable sources. In particular, the Energy Programme promotes a transition to energy systems that favour sustainable and clean energy production, as well as efficient delivery and use, which simultaneously provides legal certainty for investors and improved predictability in price and supply for users.

Devon Gardner

Programme Manager of Energy and Head of the Energy Unit at the Caribbean Community Secretariat

Chavan Dabeedin

Transmission And Distribution Manager at Central Electricity Board Mauritius

Chavan Dabeedin

Transmission And Distribution Manager at Central Electricity Board Mauritiusa