Research Digest
November 2018

Rethinking Canada’s energy information system: collaborative models in a data-driven economy 

October 2018 (Standing Committee on Natural Resources)

  • Canada needs accurate, timely and reliable energy data to support evidence-based conversations, policies and business decisions regarding the energy sector and its impact on the economy, society and environment. Demand for energy data is constantly increasing owing to rapid evolutions in the Canadian energy sector, including the advent and growth of new technologies, Canada’s ongoing transition to a lower-carbon economy, and greater public engagement in energy policy and decision making. Improving the quality of energy data is a national goal, agreed to by all the provinces and territories as part of the Canadian energy strategy in 2015.

Energy Projects: Boosting Investment by Reducing Uncertainty 

October 11, 2018 (MEI)

  • In recent years, numerous national energy projects have been cancelled or substantially delayed in Canada due to the ineffectiveness of the governmental approval process. This situation is alarming, given the contribution of the energy sector to the Canadian economy, but also our loss of competitiveness relative to our main trading partner.

Energy Efficiency 2018  

October 19, 2018 (EIA)

  • “Upward pressure on transport energy use has limited the impact of recent energy efficiency gains. However, the Efficient World Scenario (EWS) suggests that transport energy demand could remain flat between now and 2040, despite doubling activity levels. Passenger transport energy efficiency could improve by 2.8% per year to 2040.” 

Canada Energy Future 2018: Energy Supply and Demand Projections to 2040 

October 31, 2018 (Natioanl Energy Board) 

  • “Ottawa should clear up confusion about its plans for clean fuel standards, according to a new report by the C.D. Howe Institute.  In “Speed Bump Ahead: Ottawa Should Drive Slowly on Clean Fuel Standards” author Benjamin Dachis argues federal policymakers must examine the inherent limitations and potential economic costs of a clean fuel standard system.”