Model developed


Dolter, Brett and Nicholas Rivers (2018) “The Cost of Decarbonizing the Canadian Electricity System.” Energy Policy. 113, pp. 135-148. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2017.10.040.

Brett Dolter, Nicholas River


Canadian Renewable Electricity Storage and Transmission Model


optimization of type, size and location of electrical generating technologies to satisfy load and reliability criteria, optimizing transmission network expansion, minimizing total system costs, load forecasting


utilities, system planners

Key Inputs

extant generation and transmission, capital and operating costs, electrical energy demand, electricity generation costs, wind and solar data with spatial detail

Key Outputs

Investment and operational costs, system costs and related metrics of differing scenarios for substantially decarbonizing the Canadian electricity system at minimum cost, GHG emissions.

Optimal (lowest-cost) capacity expansion generation portfolios.

Registered developers

Brett DolterUniversity of Regina
Richard HendriksUniversity of Toronto

Registered model users

UserOrganization typeOutputs used
Richard Hendriks,

optimal (lowest-cost) capacity expansion generation portfolios,GHG emissions