Following the call for projects launched in October 2020, over 30 submissions from a broad range of Canadian energy system modellers have been received, demonstrating the sectoral diversity of the community.

Outcomes will be presented over a series of online sessions.


The thematics for the project must relate to the transformation of the electricity sector and its contribution to decarbonization of Canada’s economy, either directly (electricity production, transmission, distribution and management), indirectly (electricity usage, current or potential, in any given sector), or from a systemic standpoint (e.g. techno-economic and environmental analysis of the impacts of electrification), at any given scale (national, provincial, territorial, regional or municipal). 

Selected projects

After the selection committee evaluated all the projects, 15 of them were selected for funding. Two additional projects are not eligible for funding but have participated on a voluntary basis.

Project TeamOrganization
An open-access standardized dataset for decarbonizing Canada’s energy systemDr. Madeleine McPherson, Dr. Juha Kiviluoma, Dr. Jakub Jurasz, Richard M. HendriksSustainable Energy Systems Integration and Transitions (SESIT) Group at the University of Victoria, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland / University College Dublin, AGH University (Poland), University of Toronto
Electricity and renewable gas energy system alternatives for fossil fuel substitution in British ColumbiaDr. Kevin Palmer-Wilson, Dr. Andrew Rowe, Dr. Peter WildUniversity of Victoria
Exploring the near-optimal solution space of an energy system optimization model to explore similarly costly but techno-economically diverse decarbonization pathways for Western CanadaCameron Wade, Dr. Peter Wild, Dr. Andrew RoweUniversity of Victoria
Pathways towards Regina’s 100% renewable energy by 2050 target through integrated energy supply and demand modellingRobert Xu, Lauren Stanislaw, Madeleine Seatle, Madeleine McPhersonSustainable Energy Systems Integration and Transition (SESIT) group at the University of Victoria
Leveraging open source tools to produce scenario explorer for Canadian energy system transitionMohammad Miri, Muhammad Awais, Dr. Madeleine McPhersonUniversity of Victoria, International Institut of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) (Austria)
Application of the CityInSight model to evaluate the implications of deep decarbonisation pathways for electricity gridsYuill Herbert, Ralph Torrie, Marcus WilliamsSustainability Solutions Group, WhatIf? Technologies
BC Nexus Model: Impacts of electrification on land and water resources through 2050 Dr. Nastaran Airanpoo, Dr. Andrew Wright, Dr. Taco Niet SFU School of Sustainable Energy Engineering
Power to Gas to Enable Renewable Resources in Canada Sina Motalebi, Dr. Andrew Wright, Dr. Taco Niet SFU School of Sustainable Energy Engineering
Examining the Value of the Site C megaproject using a Linear Programming Model of Western Canadian Electricity infrastructure and generation with endogenous investmentDr. Kent Fellows, Dr. Nic Rivers, Dr. Brett Dolter
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Canadian Northern Corridor research program at The School of Public Policy – University of Calgary, University of Ottawa, University of Regina
Exploring Failure and Success Conditions of Canadian Energy Policy with an Integrated Energy-Emissions ModelJason R. Wang, Patrick SteinmannWageningen University & Research (Netherlands)
Electrification of Canadian Northern Communities, Using Low Emission Micro-gridsDr. Claudio Cañizares, Dr.Mehrdad Pirnia, Enrique Vera.University of Waterloo
Modeling demand-side low-carbon innovations and their potential to impact on socio-technical energy systemsDr. Christina Hoicka, Dr. Runa Das, Dr. Jenny Lieu, Yuxu Zhao, Maria-Louise McMasterYork University, Royal Roads University
Role of Hydrogen Supply-side Pathways in GHG Mitigation in Canada*Robin White, Thuo Kossa, Harris Berton, Michael Brophy, Daniel Del Carpio, Alex Dragan-Gojkovic, Bruce Fraser, Aaron Hoskin, Zekarias Kedida, Jean-Sébastien Landry, Rami Mahmoud, Glasha Obrekht, Amber Robson, Allan TomasDirection générale de l’analyse économique Environnement et Changement climatique Canada / Gouvernement du Canada
Electrification and deep decarbonization of Canada’s energy system with electricity prosumersDr. Elizaveta Kuznetsova and Pr Miguel F. AnjosGroup for Research and Decision Analysis (GERAD) & Polytechnique Montreal, University of Edinburgh (U.K.)
Simulation de la technologie « e-highway » (autoroute électrique à caténaire) pour la décarbonisation du transport lourd sur l’axe A20-H401Clara Kayser-Bril, Johanne Whitmore, Dr. Normand Mousseau, Ramata Ba, Ashok KinjarapuCPCS, HEC Montréal, l’Université de Montréal
A comprehensive method for the energy and emissions assessment of future mobility scenariosPr. Francesco Ciari, Dr. Ouassim Manout, Arsham Bakhtiari Polytechnique Montréal
Open and common approaches for evaluating marginal emission factors: a case study of the Alberta electric grid*Véronique Delisle, Dave Turcotte, Sophie Pelland, Vahid Raissi Dehkordi, Indrajit Das, Matthew Hansen, Mantaj Hundal, Farid BensebaaCanmetENERGY – Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Energy Regulator, National Research Council

* Project not eligible for funding but participating on a voluntary basis.

Next step

By March 19, 2021, the selected teams will prepare a full report describing their model, results and contributions.


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