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In the summer of 2014 the Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut commissioned a report to provide an overview of energy (electricity and heating) supply and demand in Canada’s Arctic, relevant policies and programs regarding renewable energy, conservation and demand side management, and financial analyses regarding electricity system planning and heating.  An extensive report was submitted to Polar Knowledge Canada in 2015.  The report provides a contemporary snapshot of domestic energy usage in Canada’s Arctic (spanning Yukon in the west to Nunatsiavut in the east) with a focus on how Northern jurisdictions meet their electricity and space heating needs.

Specifically, the research team investigated the role of alternative energy options, including the governance, policies and financial analysis of these sectors. The team also examined the emerging field of energy conservation and efficiency measures, which have featured prominently in recent years. In addition we conducted eight case studies of renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives in the North to gain a better understanding of drivers, challenges, success factors in meeting project goals, and lessons learned.  As a result of this research, a series of policy recommendations and suggestions for future research were developed.

View the report here. 


This 'Talking Sustainable Energy' webinar will provide a summary of some of the major insights from the case studies and elaborates on some of the major policy and research recommendations.  The webinar will begin with opening remarks provided by Robert Cooke from POLAR, followed by three short presentations:

Lawrence Keyte is a northern alternative energy specialist with Polar Knowledge Canada


Dr Alexandra Mallett is an assistant professor at Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) in Ottawa, Canada

Dr. Stephan Schott is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University

Presenters include Lawrence Keyte (POLAR), who will discuss the case studies done for this study; Dr. Alex Mallett (Carleton University) on policy recommendations; and Dr. Stephan Schott (Carleton University) on research recommendations.  

Presentations will be followed by an open discussion / question & answer period from the audience. 

When: Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:00


The Sustainable Energy Initiative  at York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies, invites applications for a two year Post-Doctoral Fellowship related to Canadian and comparative public policy around energy storage technologies, smart grids, and distributed generation.

Stipend for the position will be $50,000/year plus benefits for two years. Office space at the Faculty of Environmental Studies and support for project-related research and travel will be available.

A PhD in Environmental Studies, Public Policy, EnergyEconomics, Science and Technology Studies, Geography or a related field, or PhD completion prior to February 14, 2016, is required (candidates with Ph.D. Defenses scheduled by that date may be considered).

The primary focus of the fellowship is on the evaluation of existing legislative and policy frameworks at the federal and provincial levels in Canada and in other leading jurisdictions around the development and use energy storage technologies, particularly in support of the integration of low-impact but intermittent renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar PV energy, into energy systems, the development of distributed generation systems and community energy networks and plans.

Knowledge of the policy, political, economic, and technological context for the development of sustainable energy systems in Canada and other leading jurisdictions will be essential. An understanding of the concepts of complex systems and socio-technological and sustainability transitions, and comparative public policy will be important assets. Familiarity with knowledge mobilization practices and techniques, including web and new media based approaches, would be welcome. The ability to read and write French, German or another second language would be an asset.

The start date for the position will be no later than July 1, 2016. Earlier start dates are negotiable. There are no citizenship restrictions, but immigration requirements may need to be met prior to appointment.  

Competition Closes February 14, 2016. 

To Apply: 

Please send applications to Professor Mark S. Winfield, Ph.D., Co-Chair, Sustainable Energy Initiative (marksw@yorku.ca). All applicants should provide a current CV and a cover letter explaining their research plans and interest and expertise in energy storage, smart grids, and distributed generation energy systems by February 14, 2016.   Applicants should provide the names and contact information for three referees familiar with their work and expertise. Inquires about the fellowship should be directed to Dr. Winfield.  

Call for Papers

The Ontario Network for Sustainable Energy Policy (ONSEP) brings scholars together from a variety of disciplinary and methodological perspectives for its annual workshop focused on energy policy. This is the seventh workshop of ONSEP, a network of researchers dedicated to developing a greater understanding of the policies, technologies and strategies surrounding sustainable energy.

The workshop welcomes unpublished working papers that focus on analysis and evaluation of energy policies, with an aim of promoting understanding and discussion of effective approaches to reducing the environmental burden of the energy system. Although we especially welcome papers with a focus on Ontario, we also welcome papers that focus on the application of energy policies in other jurisdictions.

We are receptive to a wide range of perspectives and methods including but not limited to empirical research, theory development, formal theoretical modeling, law, sociology, planning, and experimental methods. Papers presented at our previous workshops have come from a variety of disciplines including political science, economics, management, law, geography, environmental studies, and engineering. Papers spanning multiple disciplines are especially encouraged. 

Interested individuals are invited to submit a title and 500-word abstract before 1 February 2016. Abstracts should elaborate on the key contributions of the work, the stage of the work (i.e., work in progress) identify whether it is conceptual or empirical, outline the research approach that is applied, and provide detail on the current stage of the project.  Authors should identify their position/affiliation and who will present at the workshop if the paper is accepted. Applicants will be notified whether their paper is accepted for presentation at the workshop by 15 February 2016. Successful applicants will then have until 15 March 2016 to register for the workshop. Failure to register by this time may mean that their acceptance will be withdrawn, and that their paper slot may be offered to another applicant.

While paper presenters are not obliged to produce a complete, written paper for the workshop, they are expected to make a presentation using slides and/or a handout. All presenters will be encouraged to submit their materials (e.g., their slides) to the workshop organizers no later than one week after the workshop’s conclusion, so that they may be posted on the ONSEP website.

Registration fees will be $550 per person. Discounted registration fees of $400 (single room) and $325 (shared room) are available to full-time students. Registration covers accommodation for two nights as well as all meals for the duration of the workshop. Information, including programs and presentations at past workshops, is available at http://www.onsep.org

Abstracts should be submitted online via the portal on the ONSEP website: http://www.onsep.org/annual-workshop/2016/abstract-submission

When: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 (All day)