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Canada’s Energy Future in an Age of Climate Change (2018-2021)

Roles and Responsibilities

A new study from the University of Ottawa’s Positive Energy program examines cabinet’s review of the 2021 NGTL System Expansion Project following recommendations from the Canada Energy Regulator.

A new study from the University of Ottawa’s Positive Energy program examines the constitutional arrangements and the economic and political interests that govern Canada’s energy-environment policy. It explores its historical challenges and discusses what makes cooperation on these issues so difficult.

This new discussion paper, authored by Positive Energy Executive-in-Residence Mike Cleland and Research Associate Ian T.D. Thomson, with Positive Energy Chair Professor Monica Gattinger, builds on Positive Energy's ongoing research and engagement concerning public authorities by taking a granular look at the concept of regulatory independence. 

This literature review, authored by Positive Energy Research Associate Ian T.D. Thomson, explores the scholarly literature on regulatory independence in Canada’s energy systems, while also assessing the rationale for regulatory independence and examining the evolution of independence in Canada’s regulatory system.

A new collaborative project between Positive Energy and Canada's Energy and Utility Regulators (CAMPUT) aims to identify innovative approaches and success factors in energy regulatory decision-making in an age of climate change.

Polarization

A new study from the University of Ottawa’s Positive Energy program offers several crucial, concrete actions that governments and stakeholders can take to address public confidence in CCUS and leverage Canada’s competitive advantage in this space.

What aspects of Canada’s Just Transition Task Force may have been helpful to depolarizing Canada’s phase-out of coal power? Authored by Positive Energy Senior Research Associate Brendan Frank and uOttawa Ph.D. candidate Sébastien Girard Lindsay, this report is the second of four case studies of initiatives to reduce polarization over energy and climate issues in Canada.

Decision-makers in the energy and environmental communities occupy two separate realities over energy transition in Canada. The report’s lead author, Positive Energy researcher Dr. Marisa Beck, uncovered the two realities by asking over 40 energy and environmental leaders about their use and interpretation of the term “transition”.

There is more bipartisan and expert consensus on climate policy in Alberta than commonly believed. This report, led by Positive Energy Faculty Affiliate Professor Duane Bratt, is the first of four upcoming case studies that focus on initiatives to reduce polarization over energy and climate issues in Canada.

This review, authored by Positive Energy Doctoral Candidate Rafael Aguirre, explores scholarly literature on polarization as a general phenomenon, as well as the state of knowledge over its extent and nature in the energy and environmental domain.

This report unpacks the core challenges and opportunities when it comes to building confidence in public authorities making decisions about Canada’s energy future in an age of climate change. The study also describes Positive Energy's research and engagement program for the next three years.

Public Confidence in Energy Decision-Making (2015-2018)

The Role of Public Authorities

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The Role of Local Communities

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Public Opinion Survey Research (2015 - 2021)

2021

New survey results from Positive Energy and Nanos Research suggest Canadians’ climate ambition is holding steady during pandemic, but the sense of urgency to act appears to be trending up. This survey also asks Canadians how much they trust information about climate change from peer-reviewed science / researchers, traditional news media, NGOs, government agencies, politicians, industry and social media.

New survey analysis by Positive Energy focuses on three issues that matter for Canada’s energy future in an age of climate change: the country’s climate performance; the present and future of renewables and nuclear energy; and the role that local communities should play in energy infrastructure projects. 

2020

How ambitious are Canadians' about addressing climate change in the context ofCOVID-19? What are their views on oil and gas during the pandemic? A new round of survey work from Positive Energy and Nanos Research suggests that a growing percentage of Canadians say this is a good rather than a bad time to be ambitious about climate change.

New survey analysis from Positive Energy examines Canadians ’views on the role of oil and gas in Canada’s current and future economy, and the respective roles of federal and provincial governments in the country’s energy and climate future.

How do Canadians view the trade-offs between economic recovery and addressing climate change in an age of COVID-19? New survey work from Positive Energy and Nanos Research suggests that Canadians are still likelier to say this is the best rather than the worst time to be ambitious about climate change.

2019

The results of our survey distinguish between fragmented opinion, where public opinion is split but views are not strongly held, and polarized opinion, where public opinion is both split and concentrated at the extremes. The survey was conducted by Positive Energy Faculty Members Erick Lachapelle and Stephen Bird.

Survey work from Nanos Research and Positive Energy gauges public opinion and polarization related to Canada’s performance on energy and environment, and identifies several key areas of agreement on energy and environmental policies.

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