Canadians from different backgrounds, industries and regions have a wide range of views about our energy future. Here you will find documents submitted by energy experts from academia, industry, government agencies and non-government organizations.

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Papers from Academics and Think Tanks

Clean Energy Canada

The Transition Takes Hold: Tracking the Energy Revolution 2017

The Transition Takes Hold: Tracking the Energy Revolution 2017 The world’s three largest electricity markets—China, the United States and India—have aggressively pursued renewable power and were collectively responsible for half of global clean energy investment in 2016. This report examines the energy trends defining the world today—and what they mean for Canada.
Clean Energy Canada

Mining for Clean Energy 2017

Mining for Clean Energy 2017 This report explores the rise of solar power in particular, the associated metal and mineral requirements, the resulting opportunity for Canadian mines to serve as clean energy enablers and the imperative of responsible mining.
Clean Energy Canada

The Power of Procurement

The Power of Procurement As governments choose clean energy and adopt technologies that reduce emissions and use energy more efficiently, they can spur growth in small and medium businesses. This policy primer unpacks the important role public procurement can play in building Canada’s clean growth economy.
Clean Energy Canada

A Canadian Opportunity: Tackling Climate Change by Switching to Clean Power

A Canadian Opportunity: Tackling Climate Change by Switching to Clean Power This report frames some of the most important policy choices governments can make to support a strategy to accelerate the shift to clean electricity as the energy source for Canada’s economy.
Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning

Special Report – A Synthesis of PICS-Funded Social Mobilization Research

Special Report – A Synthesis of PICS-Funded Social Mobilization Research This report explains “what works” and “what doesn’t work” in engaging the public and motivating people to act on climate change solutions. Included in this report is a brief summary of the B.C. context for social mobilization, as well as key findings from the literature on psychology of behaviour change, social movements, social learning and place-based approaches.
Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning

Exploring the Use of Thermal Imagery for the Promotion of Residential Energy Efficiency

Exploring the Use of Thermal Imagery for the Promotion of Residential Energy Efficiency The report provides an overview of existing energy efficiency incentive programs available to homeowners in British Columbia (B.C.) as the backdrop to potential thermal imaging, followed by a discussion of program effectiveness and key challenges.
Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning

Motivating communities to retrofit their homes: The potential of thermal imaging in BC

Motivating communities to retrofit their homes: The potential of thermal imaging in BC This paper presents an argument for the combined use of thermal imaging technology with community engagement strategies as a way of scaling up and accelerating the uptake of home energy retrofits.
Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning

The role of energy visualization in addressing energy use: Insights from the eViz project

The role of energy visualization in addressing energy use: Insights from the eViz project Energy has become an important topic for policy-makers, industry and households globally. Changing the way we generate and use energy could make a huge contribution to reducing carbon emissions and helping address climate change. The present paper reports on work from the ongoing eViz project focusing on energy visualization.
Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning

Cool tools for a warming world – October 2016 Symposium and Workshop Summary Report

Cool tools for a warming world – October 2016 Symposium and Workshop Summary Report The guide is intended to be used by local communities — decision-makers/practitioners, sustainability citizen groups, consultants, and others — to help develop resilient local communities in an uncertain climate change future.

Re-Energizing Canada: Pathways to a Low-Carbon Future:

Re-Energizing Canada: Pathways to a Low-Carbon Future: Natural Resources Canada invited an independent group of academics from across the country to examine how Canada could transition its energy systems to low carbon while remaining globally competitive. Take a look at the short and long version of their report.

Power to Excel

Power to Excel by Dr. Roger Gibbins reflects the conviction that an extraordinary future is within our reach if we harness our energy potential today. With the world in the midst of an historic shift to a lower-carbon economy, it is an opportune time to reflect on Canada’s energy system – where are we now, where do we want to be a generation from now, and how do we get there from here?

Canada and the Low Carbon Energy Revolution by Michael Cleland

Canada and the Low Carbon Energy Revolution by Michael Cleland Canada’s commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 per cent from 2005 levels by 2050 is a massive, and arguably, a necessary energy transformation. Mr. Cleland examines what this new world of energy decision-making needs.

Understanding the Shift in Energy Security by Petra Dolata

Understanding the Shift in Energy Security by Petra Dolata Global shifts in government policies and in public opinion with regards to energy transitions and energy security will affect the demand for fossil fuels produced in Canada and elsewhere. In order to understand and respond to these changes, it will be crucial to differentiate between short-term and long-term trajectories.

Big Projects, Big Politics, Big Policy: Strengthening Public Confidence in Energy Decision-Making in Canada by Monica Gattinger

Big Projects, Big Politics, Big Policy: Strengthening Public Confidence in Energy Decision-Making in Canada by Monica Gattinger While energy development could transform many communities’ energy security, energy affordability and economic, social and cultural development, it has been highly contentious. Failure to resolve Canada’s energy development challenges is costing — and will cost — the country in environmental performance, and in our capacity to attract investment and foster economic growth and innovation.

Thoughts on Canada’s Carbon Tax Agenda by Kenneth P. Green

Thoughts on Canada’s Carbon Tax Agenda by Kenneth P. Green Mr. Green provides his thought on Canada’s carbon tax plan, providing examples from Ontario, Alberta, Quebec, and British Columbia. In addition, he postulates what Canada should be doing in the new Trumpian environment.

How does Canada Respond to Stranded Asset Risk? by Amy Myers Jaffe

How does Canada Respond to Stranded Asset Risk? by Amy Myers Jaffe Canada is one of the world’s most important oil producers but it is facing a high degree of stranded asset risk. In particular, the Canadian oilsands represent a specific target of market share competition with global oil powerhouse Saudi Arabia and thus face cost pressures from current oil price levels. Lowering the cost of production will be vital to the local Canadian firms who have purchased the reserves and increased their exposure to stranded asset risk.

The Inescapability of Carbon Taxes for Canada by Dennis McConaghy

The Inescapability of Carbon Taxes for Canada by Dennis McConaghy Canadian political leadership’s great challenge is whether it can bring such appropriate rationality to carbon policy via carbon pricing, appropriately conditioned. Mr. McConaghy provides thoughts and fundamental conditions of a Canadian carbon-pricing policy.

Papers from Government Departments and Agencies

Canada’s Renewable Power Landscape

Canada’s Renewable Power Landscape , is one of a series of publications on energy supply, demand, and infrastructure. Canada ranks fourth in the world in renewable power generation. Hydro is the dominant source of electricity in Canada accounting for nearly 60% of installed capacity and generation.

Canada’s Adoption of Renewable Power Sources

Canada’s Adoption of Renewable Power Sources , discusses major renewable technologies in greater detail, with emphasis on factors influencing their adoption rates. These include costs, technological advancements, environmental considerations, and regulatory issues. This report also compares renewable generation growth in Canada to developments in other countries.

Canada’s Pipeline Transportation System

Canada’s Pipeline Transportation System , provides information about the economic functioning of major pipelines regulated by the Board. A well-functioning pipeline transportation system responds effectively to changing market conditions.

Papers from Industry Experts

Canadian Nuclear Association

Generation Energy: Nuclear energy in Canada to 2050

Generation Energy: Nuclear energy in Canada to 2050 The government of Canada asked the Canadian Nuclear Association (CAN) to consult with Canada’s nuclear industry and with Canadians, including women, youth and Indigenous people, and make a submission on this subject: What will Canada’s nuclear energy sector look like in 2050? Here’s a distillation of what they said.
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL)

Generation Energy: Submission by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Generation Energy: Submission by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Canada is rich in energy and other natural resources.  As is the case today, in 2050, prosperity will come from a diversified energy landscape that leverages innovation and new technology to harness natural resource opportunities while meeting clean energy commitments.  This submission looks at the role of nuclear energy in 2050’s energy landscape.
Industrial Gas Users Association (IGUA)

Options, Opportunities and the Efficient Transition: A Report on the Technical Potential to Decarbonize Canada’s Heavy Industry

Options, Opportunities and the Efficient Transition: A Report on the Technical Potential to Decarbonize Canada’s Heavy Industry IGUA partnered with Dr. Christopher Bataille, who is one of the leading economists working on deep decarbonization under the UN framework, to examine the technical potential for decarbonizing Canada’s heavy industry. The purpose of the study was to inform the policy discourse underway today and facilitate setting a transition path toward eventual decarbonization of heavy industry.
Torchlight Resources

Biomass Innovation: Canada's Leading Cleantech Opportunity for Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Economic Prosperity

Biomass Innovation: Canada's Leading Cleantech Opportunity for Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Economic Prosperity This document, which identifies why biomass should be the cornerstone of Canada’s GHG reduction and economic growth policies, is intended to initiate a dialogue between policy makers, large GHG emitting sectors and biomass feeds and technology suppliers.  
Canadian Electricity Association

Canadian Climate Action - Clean Power and Consensus Building

Canadian Climate Action - Clean Power and Consensus Building This discussion paper looks at the benefits and costs of Canadian climate action. The paper is intended to inform the national conversation and help build a balanced and long-term consensus on Canada’s climate and clean energy strategy.
Statoil

Energy Perspectives 2017: Long-term macro and market outlook.

Energy Perspectives 2017: Long-term macro and market outlook. Population and income growth continue to boost energy demand, globally, if not everywhere. The much-discussed energy transition is shaking up parts of the global energy system. In other parts, however, changes are slow, indicating that it will take considerable time to align the energy intensity of the global economy and the global fuel mix with common sustainability criteria. This report contains illustrations of possible developments, scenarios that rest on different assumptions for the key drivers above.