2017 Annual Workshop

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Monday, April 24, 2017 - 17:00 to Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 12:00


Waring House
221 Main Street
K0K 2T0 Picton , ON
Ontario CA
Waring House
221 Main Street
K0K 2T0 Picton , ON
Ontario CA

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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)

5)    Mark Winfield, Shahab Shokrzadeh & Adam Jones. York. Comparing Emerging Policy Frameworks for Energy Storage Technologies.
6)     James Gaede & Ian Rowlands. Waterloo. A gateway, a stopgap, a challenge or a distraction? A socio-technical analysis of socio-political acceptance of energy storage in Ontario.
7)    Madeleine McPherson. U of Toronto. Integrating storage resources to mitigate variability from renewable energy on Ontario’s electrical grid: exploring the roles of grid flexibility, renewable penetration, and market structure.

12:30-1:30pm:  Lunch (Amelia’s Garden)

1:30-3:00pm:  Energy transitions (Chair: Alexandra Mallet)

8)     Samuel Buckstein. U of Toronto. Of Beck and Bourassa: An historical analysis of the 100-year saga of electric utilities in search of guiding lessons to adapt to a climate changed world.  
9)     Daniel Rosenbloom. Carleton. Framing low-carbon pathways: A discursive analysis of the development and implications of contending storylines surrounding the phase-out of coal in Ontario.
10)  Dane Labonte. Waterloo. “Death Spirals” or Distributed Energy Resources? Distributed Generation Policy Tensions in the Canadian Context.

3:30-6:30pm: Wine tour and tasting (optional, but highly encouraged; $10-20/person additional cost)

7:00pm: Dinner (Amelia’s Garden)

Wednesday, 26 April

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

8:30-10:30am: Climate & regulation (Chair: James Meadowcroft)  

11)  Stephen Bird. Clarkson. Public authorities and the politics of regulation.
12)  Marc Brouillette. Strategic Policy Economics. Ontario’s Emissions and the Long-Term Energy Planning Challenge
13)  Andrew Green. U of Toronto. Independence, Expertise and Trust: Reforming the National Energy Board  
14)  Angela Carter. Waterloo. Policy Responses to the Dual Oil/Climate Crisis in Canada’s Petro-Provinces: Circumventing or
Entrenching Carbon Capitalism?

10:30-11:00am: Break

11:00-12:30pm: Energy planning (Chair: Stephen Hill)

15)  Ian McVey. Ontario Climate Consortium. Integrating land use and energy planning in Ontario municipalities
16)  Anahita Jami. Ryerson. The role of a third-party broker in managing controversies in wind energy siting.  
17)  Jamie Baxter. Western. Public understanding of waste-to-energy incineration.

12:30-1:00pm:  ONSEP working lunch; Prospects/next steps discussion (Conference Room)

1:30pm onwards: Departure or field trip (TBD)

Annual Conference: 
2017 Annual Workshop

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. 

Interested individuals are invited to submit a title and 500-word abstract before 1 February 2017. Abstracts should elaborate on the key contributions of the work, the stage of the work (i.e., work in progress), identify whether it is conceptual or empirical, and outline the research approach that is applied.  Authors should identify their position and affiliation and who will present at the workshop if the paper is accepted. Applicants will be notified whether their paper is accepted for presentation at the workshop by 15 February 2017. Successful applicants will then have until 15 March 2017 to register for the workshop. Failure to register by this time may mean that their acceptance will be withdrawn, and that their paper slot may be offered to another applicant.

While paper presenters are not obliged to produce a complete, written paper for the workshop, they are expected to make a presentation using slides and/or a handout. All presenters will be encouraged to submit their materials (e.g., their slides) to the workshop organizers no later than one week after the workshop’s conclusion, so that they may be shared on the ONSEP website.

The workshop will take place at Waring House in Picton, Ontario, April 24-26, 2017. Registration fees will be $550 per person. Discounted registration fees of $400 (single room) and $325 (shared room) are available to full-time students. Registration covers accommodation for two nights as well as all meals for the duration of the workshop. Information, including programs and presentations at past workshops, is available at http://www.onsep.org

Abstracts should be submitted online via the portal on the ONSEP website: http://www.onsep.org/annual-workshop/2017/abstract-submission



Waring House
221 Main Street, Picton, ON K0K 2T0
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 12:00
Annual Conference: 
2017 Annual Workshop