Oct 1, 2023

EMH Annual Forum 2023 – December 11-12 in Ottawa

Energy Modelling Hub 2023 Annual Forum

“Achieving a net-zero electricity sector by 2035: Incorporating real-world constraints and dynamics. 

Last year’s forum delved into both global and Canadian perspectives on transitioning towards a net-zero electricity sector by 2035. The event was part of our collective effort to foster informed dialogues and knowledge exchange, in line with the broader goal of building clean, reliable, and affordable energy systems globally and in Canada.

On December 11, the forum presented an international perspective through IRENA’s Long-term Energy Scenarios (LTES) Network. It featured four panels, presentations, and moderated discussions on a wide range of topics crucial to energy modeling and environmental sustainability. The first day focused on the diverse applications of energy modeling, guiding discussions towards a carbon-neutral framework. Highlights included strategic grid expansion, resilience against supply chain disruptions, and integrating behavioral insights.

The second day, December 12, centered on the Canadian perspective at the EMH Annual Forum. Discussions covered four key areas: the financial implications of CER, labor force modeling, challenges within distribution systems, and mitigating risks in the energy supply chain.

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List of presentations

Session 1: Operationalizing Decarbonization and Grid Expansion through Energy Modelling 

Moderator:Julia McNally, Director, Climate action, Toronto Hydro

1.1 Alexandre Prieur, Director, Renewable Energy Integration at CanmetENERGY : Decarbonization and Grid Expansion : An ISGAN perspective

1.2 Conrad Fox, Senior Planner Resource Planning at Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO): Choosing Our Future: Insights and Challenges of Electricity Capacity Expansion Modeling

1.3 Darren Clark, Senior System Planning Engineer at NB Power: NB Power’s 2023 IRP Pathways to a Net-Zero Electricity System


Session 2: Resilience and Adaptation in Energy Modelling 

Moderator: Prof. Normand Mousseau, Scientific Director IET & Co-Director EMH 

2.1 Scott Barfield-McGinnis, Principal Technical Advisor, North American Electric Reliability Corporation : Evolving Transmission Planning – Modeling for Uncertainties 

2.2 Prof. Antoine Rauzy, Norwegian University of Science and Technology : Systemic digital twins: modeling and simulation for strategic decision making 

2.3 Antoine Lesage-Landry, Assistant Professor – Polytechnique Montréal : Analyzing and Mitigating Impacts of Grid-edge Technologies on Power Distribution Networks 


Session 3: Spotlight I on the Energy Modelling Ecosystem 

Moderator: Edouard Clement, Executive Director, Energy Modelling Hub

3.0 Rick Power, Innovation Executive at IBM : IBM in Canada

3.1 Anna Kanduth – Canadian Climate Institute : 440 Megatonnes: Tracking Canada’s Climate Policy Progress 

3.2 Natasha Reid – Building Decarbonization Alliance : Introducing the Building Decarbonization Alliance Open Source Model 

3.3 Vincent Cote, Managing Consultant Global Energy CoE, IBM : Making Energy Modelling Accessible – The Case of Net Zero Atlantic’s Sustainability Accelerator with IBM 


Session 4: Integrating Behavioral Factors in Energy Models 

Moderator: Dr. David Foord, Associate professor, University of New Brunswick 

4.1 Charlie Wilson, Professor of Energy and Climate Change, and Energy Programme Lead, University of Oxford : Modelling lifestyle change in global energy system models 

4.2 Jaih Hunter-Hill, Ph.D. Candidate, Carnegie Mellon University : What Can Energy Consumption Behavior Say about LIHEAP Program Participants? 

4.3 Elizaveta Kuznetsova, Lead Energy-Economy Modeller, ESMIA : Empowering individuals: measuring prosumers’ response to energy policies with an intelligent agent-based model 


Session 5: Policy Relevance and Decision-making in Energy Modelling: balancing Short-term and Long-term Goals for Policymakers

Moderator: Asami Miketa, Head, Energy Transition Planning, IRENA 

5.1 Paul Deane, Senior Lecturer, Clean Energy Futures, University College Cork : Policy Relevance and Decision-making in Energy Modelling: balancing Short-term and Long-term Goals for Policymakers 

5.2 Ezzat Jaroudi, Project lead, Environment and Climate Division, City of Toronto : Local Emissions for Net Zero (LENZ) Modelling Suite: A Tool to Guide the City of  Toronto’s TransformTO Net Zero Strategy Implementation 

5.3 Peter Johnston, Economic Advisor, Integrated Climate Lens Centre of Expertise, ECCCModelling for informed decision-making: The Integrated Climate Lens as bridge 

5.4 Jean-Denis Charlebois, Chief Economist, Canada Energy Regulator : Energy Modelling at the CER – Policy Relevance & Decision-making 


Session 6: Powering the Transition: Modeling the Financial and Systemic Implications of Clean Electricity Regulations 

Moderator: Moe Kabbara, Vice-president, The Transition Accelerator 

6.0.a Jason Dion, Canada Electricity Advisory Council: Summary and progress update

6.0.b Moe Kabbara, Vice-president, The Transition Accelerator: Modeling the Financial and Systemic Implications of Clean Electricity Regulations

6.1 Mohammed Alkatheri, Energy System Modeller, Net Zero Atlantic : Clean Electricity Regulation for Atlantic Canada

6.2 Douglas Bryan, Project manager, Navius ResearchDraft Clean Electricity Regulations modeling analysis

6.3 Anna Cybulsky, Energy System Modeller and Consultant, ESMIA : Cross-sector impacts of the Clean Electricity Regulation (CER): effects on technology buildout, costs, and consumer energy bills

6.4 Jacob Monroe, Research Analyst, EMH & University of Victoria : Applying the COPPER framework to assess the Clean Electricity Regulations

6.5 Brad Griffin, Director of Simon Fraser University’s Canadian Energy and Emissions Data Centre & Aaron Hoyle, Ph.D candidate at Simon Fraser University: Two approaches to modelling Canada’s electricity system transition

6.6 Evan Pivnick, Clean Energy Canada Modelling Clean Energy Canada and the Canadian Climate Institute’s CER recommendations


Session 7: Securing the Energy Supply Chain: Mitigating Risks and Overcoming Constraints 

Moderator: Mark Jaccard, Chair and CEO, BC Utilities Commission 

7.1 Mark Winfield, Professor, York University : Supply Chains, Energy Transitions and Sustainability

7.2 Abdelrahman Ayad, PhD candidate at McGill University : Securing the Energy Supply Chain: A Real Options Approach

7.3 Francis Bradley, President & Chief Executive Officer, Electricity Canada : Mitigating risks and overcoming constraints


Session 8: Spotlight II on the Energy Modelling Ecosystem Initiatives

Moderator: Edouard Clement, Executive Director, Energy Modelling Hub 

8.1 Kristin Loiselle-Lapointe & Emily Taylor King, Canadian Center for Energy Information : Showcasing Recent Enhancements and New Tools on the Canadian Centre for Energy Information 

8.2 Jessica Webster, Energy Planning Analyst, NRCan : Testbed-18: Demonstrating Building Energy Data Interoperability Using Open Standards 

8.3 Madeleine McPherson, Assistant Professor and PI of the SESIT group, University of Victoria, Co-Director at EMH : The M3 Modelling Platform: Capabilities, Collaborations and Opportunities 


Session 9: Powering the Grid: Unraveling Changes, Costs, and Flexibility in Distribution Systems

Moderator: Hanane Dagdougui, Associate professor, Polytechnique Montreal 

9.1 Veronique Delisle, Project Manager, Natural Resources Canada  Planning for flexibility: The evolution of distributed energy resources  integration methods 

9.2 Amara Slaymaker, Associate consultant, Dunsky Energy + Climate Advisors : Right Place, Right Time: How holistic, granular, and balanced load forecasting helps utilities target infrastructure investment and prepare for electrification 

9.3 Taco Niet, Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser UniversityModeling The Sustainable Energy Transition in BC

9.4 Carolyn Calwell, Chief Corporate Services Officer & General Counsel at Ontario Energy Board : Powering the Grid: Unraveling Changes, Costs, and Flexibility in Distribution Systems


Session 10: Empowering the Energy Workforce: Modeling Labor Force Impacts and Future Demands 

Moderator: Jacquie Hoornweg, Adjunct professor, Ontario Tech University 

10.1 Sheldon Polowin, Economist, Electricity Human Resources Canada : Electricity in Demand: Labour Market Insights 

10.2 Sam Harrison, Senior Analyst, Navius Research : Canada’s labour market on the path to net-zero: Results from an improved  modeling approach 

10.3 Stefan Pauer, Manager, Technology and Economic Analysis, Clean Energy CanadaCanadian energy jobs in a net-zero 2050 future 

View the agenda here


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