ONSEP 2019 - 10 Years of Change: Ontario Energy Policy and Paths toward a Low-carbon Future

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Ontario’s Green Energy and Green Economy Act (GEA) was passed in early 2009.  The consequences of the GEA and other initiatives to move the province toward a low-carbon future have been as widespread as they have been controversial.   Ten years on, a recently elected conservative government has moved to repeal the GEA, pull the province out of the cap-and-trade market it had participated in alongside Quebec and California, and scrap a funding program that subsidized energy efficiency and low-carbon technologies for consumers and businesses.  The transition to a low-carbon future in Ontario thus appears to be at a critical juncture – where will we go from here?

This question will form the basis for the 10th Annual Workshop of the Ontario Network for Sustainable Energy Policy (ONSEP), a multi-disciplinary network of researchers based at Ontario universities and focused on the promotion of sustainable energy policy.  ONSEP’s 10th anniversary marks an opportune occasion to reflect on 10 years of change in Ontario, to identify the lessons to be learned from the province’s experience in this area for current policy-makers in Ontario and other jurisdictions, and to assess the significance and potential impact of developments set in motion during this period for realizing a low-carbon transition in Ontario. 

ONSEP has historically welcomed presentations on research in progress, and has not required presenters to produce a complete, written paper for the conference.  For our 2019 workshop, we invite papers that seek to address these questions, preferably with a focus on one or more of the themes below (though continue to welcome all research on sustainable energy policy!):

  • Lessons to be learned from the GEA
  • Social / political acceptance and opposition
  • Green economic policy & innovation
  • Carbon pricing versus regulation
  • Electricity system decentralization
  • Electrification of end-use, transportation
  • Low-income / marginalized communities
  • Indigenous communities & sustainable energy
  • Efficiency, conservation & demand management
  • Coal phase out, role of natural gas
  • The future of nuclear;
  • Inter- and Intra-jurisdictional collaboration
  • Communities and planning
  • Institutional / market evolution and renewal

Interested individuals are invited to submit a title and 250-word abstract before 15 February 2019, by completing the online form available at this address: http://onsep.org/content/abstract-submission-2019. 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, outline the research approach that is applied, and provide detail on the current stage of the project.  Authors should identify their position/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 1 March 2018. Successful applicants will then have until 31 March 2018 to register for the workshop, which will be held April 29 to May 1, 2019, at the Elmhirst Conference Facility near Peterborough, in Southern Ontario.  Registration fees will be $550 for non-students and $400 for students, which covers accommodations and meals during the workshop.  Failure to register by the deadline may mean that their acceptance will be withdrawn, and that their paper slot may be offered to another applicant. 

Deadline: 
Friday, February 15, 2019 - 20:00
Annual Conference: 
2019 Annual Workshop