QUESTtalks is a series of regional networking and accelerator sessions designed to help you stay competitive in the growing Smart Energy Communities marketplace. QUESTtalks - Disruption and the Smart Energy Solution brings together leading-edge experts from governments, utilities & energy service providers, the real-estate sector, and the product and professional service sector, among others to examine the issues disrupting your market and community. Register to prepare your business to adapt to the changing energy and infrastructure marketplace.

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As Smart Energy Communities advance technological integration and the IOT, the need for protecting infrastructure becomes more critical as the links between technological advancement and risk become clearer. Chief among these is understanding the challenge of maintaining security and privacy with increasingly automated systems and the need for more comprehensive sharing of energy and GHG data across sectors. Data is a key disruptor that crosses all boundaries. To adapt - you need good data; to be resilient - you need to understand your data, and without security - one runs the risk of loss or corruption of data. Together, we will explore how big data will affect Smart Energy Energy Community decisions today and into the future. This QUESTtalk will focus on cybersecurity, physical security, data management, and privacy. Join QUESTtalks: Security - Protecting Our Infrastructure in a High Tech World to learn what communities and business are doing to deepen their understanding of the security risk, secure their assets, and ensure the benefits of Smart Energy decisions.

Over 65 energy distributors, municipalities, policy experts, and cutting-edge businesses met in Halifax on June 19th to discuss what is being done to ensure the health and welfare of Atlantic Canadian communities. 

Atlantic Canada has been impacted by extreme weather in the last decade and a growing number of voices are forecasting that the frequency, duration, and intensity of extreme weather events will increase over the next 50 years. This will present significant challenges for buildings, energy distribution, transportation, and technology infrastructure. Resilient infrastructure is important not only for ensuring the health and welfare of our cities and communities but also for advancing Smart Energy Communities. 

Municipalities are responsible for managing the systems that communities depend on, including roads, bridges, water and waste management, and are dependent on reliable delivery and distribution of energy for the functioning of the community. These systems, both municipal and energy distribution, are essential and must work together to maintain the resilience of a community. Municipalities and utilities (gas, electric, thermal, and water) have recently begun to explore how to align and integrate their respective processes for adaptation and resilience planning. This includes efforts to assess their infrastructure, operations, organizational structure, and communications, and to improve access to better data to address climate change risks, mitigate recovery time, and protect their operations. 

On April 18th, 2018 over 70 representatives from government, utilities, the energy industry, the real-estate sector, economic regulators, and the product and professional service sector came together to discuss fundamental changes in the energy sector that present unprecedented challenges and opportunities.

There was a consensus that figuring out how to adapt your business and community to the changing energy sector has never been so challenging. Emission reduction targets, distributed energy resources, localized energy production, and increasingly conscious consumers are just some of the trends disrupting the Alberta energy market, presenting opportunities for competitive advantages for those savvy enough to adapt. This QUESTtalk focused on the changing landscape of the energy sector with the introduction of energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy storage, smart grids, and the emerging dispatchable market. Read the final program below.