Annual Workshop

Every year, the Ontario Network for Sustainable Energy Policy (ONSEP) hosts a two day workshop at a venue in Ontario. The workshop features presentations by academics, professionals and graduate researchers working in this policy space. The event aims to enhance the energy policy debate by bringing together researchers from multiple disciplines and encouraging open dialogue and the development of new ideas.

The workshop offers participants the opportunity to network, share ideas and build new collaborations. Previous workshops have explored issues surrounding: conservation and demand-side management; policy analysis and future low-carbon transitions in energy contexts; industrial, market and regulatory issues in renewable electricity; challenges related to communities and sustainable energy; and, future issues for Ontario

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ONSEP 2016 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 seventh workshop of ONSEP, a network of researchers 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The workshop welcomes unpublished working papers that focus on analysis and evaluation of energy policies, with an aim of promoting understanding and discussion of effective approaches to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. 

2015 Presentations

Session I: Renewables

Harris Berton, Daniel Rosenbloom & James Meadowcroft. Carleton. Unlocking innovation in Ontario's rooftop PV installation market: Preliminary results from a survey of rooftop solar PV installation companies in Ontario

Matthias Purdon. Trent University. Contested Countrysides: Landscape Identities and Wind Energy Planning

Jennifer Taylor. U of T. Fact or fiction? Exploring the rhetorical dimension of the scientific debate over the health impacts of wind turbines

Chad Walker & Jamie Baxter. Western. Health as a driving force: Theories describing Ontario’s wind turbine resistance movement


Session II: Electricity & grids I

Bronwyn Lazowski, Paul Parker & Ian Rowlands. Waterloo. Stimulating Residential Electricity Consumption Shifts Using Smart Grid Tools

Madeleine McPherson & Bryan Karney. U of T. A Novel Variable Renewable Energy Integration Model for Evaluating Electricity System Policies


Session III: Electricity & grids II

2014 Presentations

Panel on wind politics in Ontario

Tanya Christidis, Tim Heinmiller, Stephen Hill

Session I: Sustainable energy policy

Louis Simard. Electricity, regulation and tools in Canada: the return of the State?

Jodi Adams & Doug Macdonald. Influence of the renewable energy industry on Ontario electricity policy.

Douglas Bessette, Joseph Arvai & Victoria Campbell-Arvai. A decision support framework for developing regional energy strategies.

Bruce Pardy. Can the Ontario Government cancel renewable energy contracts?

Session II: Grids and transmission policy

Philip Walsh. Will the consolidation of Ontario's municipally-owned electrical distribution companies lead to more sustainable energy practices?

Konstantinos Karanasios & Paul Parker. Renewables vs. grid extension: Evaluation approaches and criteria for electricity system options in Northern Ontario remote communities.

Warren Mabee & Stewart Fast. Balancing wind output with biomass: assessing the potential for dispatchable hybrid renewable generation sites in Ontario.

Session III: Local sustainable energy policy

2013 Presentations

Session I: Communities and sustainable energy

Bahareh Toghiani Rizi – Community Energy Planning: Current State of Practice in Canada View presentation View Presentation

David MacMillan – At the interface of urban development and energy use: Planning the expansion of district energy systems in Ontario View Presentation

Judith Lipp – The Untapped Potential of Community Power in Ontario: What Will It Take to Get It Right?

Session II: Smart grid solutions

Scott Weiler – What is Smart Grid in Ontario: Evolution or Revolution View Presentation

Nicholas Belanger & Ian Rowlands – Smart energy networks: the lay of the land View Presentation

Ryan Reiber – Second Life: An energy storage strategy using spent electric vehicle batteries View Presentation

Session III: Discourse and perceptions surrounding renewables

Stewart Fast – A Habermasian analysis of local renewable energy deliberations

Daniel Rosenbloom, Simon Langlois & James Meadowcroft – Framing the sun: A multi-level analysis of public discourse surrounding solar photovoltaics in Ontario, Canada

2012 Presentations

Peter Love (Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University). Enhancing the Demand Response Resource in Ontario.  View presentation

Rebecca Mallinson (Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University). Electricity Conservation Policy in Ontario: Understanding and Assessing a System in Progress. View presentation

Kimia Ghomeshi (Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University).  Energy Conservation as a Poverty Reduction Strategy. View presentation

Graeme Auld, Bozica Burlica, Alexandra Mallett, Francis Nolan-Poupart and Robert Slater (School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University). Policies for Promoting Low Carbon Technology: A Survey of Global Insights from Empirical Experience. View presentation

Daniel Rosenbloom and James Meadowcroft (School of Public Policy and Administration, Cartleton University). Transitioning to a Low Carbon Electricity System: A Socio-techical, Evolutionary, Multi-level Analysis of the Electricity Regime in Ontario. View presentation

2011 Presentations

Kirby Calvert and Arren Mabee (Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy, Queen’s University). Ontario’s Energy Suburbs: An Analysis of Ontario’s Green Energy Act, 2009-11. View presentation

Donald N. Dewees (Dept. of Econmics, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto). Electricity Price Trends in Ontario: What and Why. View presentation

Stewart Fast (Dept. of Geography, University of Ottawa). Public Attitudes Towards New Renewable Energy Technologies in the Eastern Ontario Highlands. View presentation

Joanne Groumpos (MES Candidate, York University). Implications of American Federal Climate Change and Energy Policies for Canada. View presentation

Christina E. Hoicka, Ian H. Rowlands, Paul Parker (Faculty of Environment, Waterloo). Consumer Engagement in Ontario Smart Grid Policy. View presentation

Richard J. Marceau (UOIT on behalf of Consortium partners McMaster, Ryerson, Queen’s, Toronto, Waterloo,Western, and UOIT). The Power Engineering Education Consortium: Solving Ontario’s Shortfall of Electric Power Engineers. View presentation

2010 Presentations

Chris Codd, Brian Karney (University of Toronto), and Stephan Schott (Carleton University). Balancing the Natural Beauty of Niagara Falls Tourism and Clean Power Generation. 

Jeffery Cottes (School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University). Sustainable Biofuels and Provincial Strategies in Manitoba and Ontario. View presentation

Donald N. Dewees (Dept. of Economics, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto). Sustainable Pricing for Sustainable Electricity. View presentation

Jose Etcheverry (PhD., York University). From Local to Regional: New Climate Change Mitigation Options for North America. View presentation

Beth Evans (MA Candidate, Frost Centre for Canadian Studies, Trent University). Critical Success Factors for Renewable Energy Co-operatives. View presentation

Stewart Fast (PhD. Candidate, Dept. of Geography, University of Ottawa). Diverging Views of Energy from Forest Biomass: Using Habermas’ Public Sphere to Analyze Renewable Energy Transportation in Ontario. View presentation