2018 ONSEP Annual Workshop

April 23-25, 2018

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ONSEP 2019 Registration

We are pleased to announce the agenda for the 2019 ONSEP Annual Workshop (see below).   The workshop will take place April 29, 2019, 8:30am - 5:00pm, at the Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy, Toronto.   Registration requires a small payment of $50 to cover the catering and location, and is available at Eventbrite.   We ask that you please register in advance of the event.  

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8:30am - Check in and registration
9:00am - Greetings & introductions
9:30am - Electricity (Chair: James Gaede, Waterloo)

  • Andrews Acevedo & Joseph Tate, University of Toronto. Modelling Uncertainty of Renewable Generation for Addressing Grid Operation Challenges
  • Nathan Lev, York University. Electricity decentralization and grid modernization in Ontario.

10:30am - Refreshment Break
11:00am - Community energy (Chair: James Gaede, Waterloo)

ONSEP 2019 - 10 Years of Change: Ontario Energy Policy and Paths toward a Low-carbon Future

Ontario’s Green Energy and Green Economy Act (GEA) was passed in early 2009.  The consequences of the GEA and other initiatives to move the province toward a low-carbon future have been as widespread as they have been controversial.   Ten years on, a recently elected conservative government has moved to repeal the GEA, pull the province out of the cap-and-trade market it had participated in alongside Quebec and California, and scrap a funding program that subsidized energy efficiency and low-carbon technologies for consumers and businesses.  The transition to a low-carbon future in Ontario thus appears to be at a critical juncture – where will we go from here?

This question will form the basis for the 10th Annual Workshop of the Ontario Network for Sustainable Energy Policy (ONSEP), a multi-disciplinary network of researchers based at Ontario universities and focused on the promotion of sustainable energy policy.  ONSEP’s 10th anniversary marks an opportune occasion to reflect on 10 years of change in Ontario, to identify the lessons to be learned from the province’s experience in this area for current policy-makers in Ontario and other jurisdictions, and to assess the significance and potential impact of developments set in motion during this period for realizing a low-carbon transition in Ontario. 

Ph.D. Position: Multi-scaled modelling of Canada’s electricity system decarbonization

The transition to a sustainable energy system encompasses time scales that range from milliseconds to centuries and spatial scales that range from individual appliances to the globe. To address energy system transition questions, researchers employ a variety of models and methodologies that span such spatial-temporal scales. In this project, two distinct but commonly used models will be applied to gain deeper insights into Canada’s energy system transition. The capacity expansion models, CREST, takes a broad spatial and temporal perspective on the energy system transition, which facilitates a National dialogue on electricity system planning. With such a perspective, decarbonization strategies can be coordinated at a high-level, facilitating conversations about inter-provincial transmission capacity or National carbon policies. However, to maintain computational tractability, this broad spatial inclusion must sacrifice temporal detail. On the other hand, the production cost model, SILVER, represents  the electricity system with greater temporal resolution, at the expense of spatial breadth. Here, a two-step modelling methodology will be employed to leverage the spatial breadth of the CREST model as well as the temporal resolution of the SILVER model. Once developed, the CREST- SILVER platform will be used to build a credible renewable energy blueprint to achieve Canada’s Paris commitment and Pan-Canadian Framework goals.