Annual Workshop

Every year, the Ontario Network for Sustainable Energy Policy (ONSEP) hosts a two day workshop at a venue in Ontario. The workshop features presentations by academics, professionals and graduate researchers working in this policy space. The event aims to enhance the energy policy debate by bringing together researchers from multiple disciplines and encouraging open dialogue and the development of new ideas.

The workshop offers participants the opportunity to network, share ideas and build new collaborations. Previous workshops have explored issues surrounding: conservation and demand-side management; policy analysis and future low-carbon transitions in energy contexts; industrial, market and regulatory issues in renewable electricity; challenges related to communities and sustainable energy; and, future issues for Ontario

News and Updates

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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Agenda

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. 

Abstract Submission - 2019

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ONSEP 2018 Workshop Programme

Monday, 23 April

4:00pm: Check in and registration

5:00-6:00pm: Opening meeting & keynote (Conference Room)

                Brendan Haley. Dalhousie. The politics and public administration of low-carbon transition organizations

6:00-7:00pm: Reception & social (Amelia’s Garden)

7:00pm: Dinner


Tuesday, 24 April (all sessions in Conference Room)

7:00-8:30am: Breakfast (Amelia’s Garden)

9:00-10:30am: Energy transitions (Chair: James Meadowcroft)

ONSEP 2018 Annual Workshop - 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 ninth 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. 

2017 Annual Workshop - Draft Programme

 

Monday, 24 April

4:00pm: Check in and registration

5:00-6:00pm: Opening session. (Conference Room)

6:00-7:00pm: Reception & social (Amelia’s Garden)

7:00pm: Dinner 

Tuesday, 25 April (all sessions in Conference Room)

7:00-8:30am: Breakfast (Amelia’s Garden)

8:30-10:30am: Energy efficiency & demand management (Chair: Don Dewees)

1)     Nic Rivers. U of Ottawa. Does Daylight Savings Time Save Energy? Evidence from Ontario.
2)     Joan Ang. Waterloo. A Review of Energy Management in Ontario’s Broader Public Sector.  
3)     Abhilash Kantamneni, U of Guelph. Barriers to energy retrofitting social housing.
4)     Stephanie Whitney. Waterloo. Motivations of building managers to engage in sustainable practices.

10:30-11:00am: Break

11:00-12:30pm:  Energy Storage (Chair: Nic Rivers)

ONSEP 2017 Annual Workshop - 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 eighth workshop of ONSEP, 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. 

2016 Workshop Presentations

Renewables & conservation (Chair: Nic Rivers)    

  1. Christine Koenig, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association. Feasibility of 100% renewables for Ontario. 
  2. Maya  Papineau, Katrina Jessoe & David Rapson, Carleton. Measuring Split Incentives in Commercial Electricity Usage.  
  3. Madeleine McPherson & Bryan Karney, U of T. Application of the SILVER model to simple, high variable renewable energy penetration, Ontario-­‐based scenarios. 
  4. Samiha Tahseen, Bryan Karney & Jennifer Drake, U of T, Increased hydropower potential at Niagara: A scenario-­‐based analysis. 

Wind policy (Chair: Madeleine McPherson)    

  1. Margaret Loudermilk, Western. Renewable energy policy and Ontario wind turbine development. 
  2. Martin Heintzelman, Clarkson. Wind energy development and property value. 

2016 Annual Workshop registration now available!

After reviewing the many great abstracts submitted this year, the ONSEP review team has selected 15 papers for presentation at the upcoming Annual Workshop.  We would like to thank everyone who submitted an abstract for their interest in the workshop, and encourage those who were not accepted to try again in the future.  

The Annual Workshop will be held at the Waring House in Prince Edward County, April 20-22.  The registration form is now available at the link below.  Please note that there are student and non-student rates, both of which are for two nights.  We strongly encourage anybody interested in registering for the Workshop to attend all three days.  If you are interested in one of the limited availability shared rooms, or if you are interested in only one night accomodation, please contact the ONSEP Coordinator, James Gaede.  All registration proceeds go to supporting the Workshop.