On September 1, 2010, Ryerson University president, Sheldon Levy, announced the creation of the Centre for Urban Energy. The administration's intention was to provide "a unique research and technology demonstration centre devoted to the discovery and commercialization of innovative, practical solutions to urban energy issues."
The creation of the CUE was supported by $7 million in funds from its principal sponsors: Toronto Hydro, Hydro One, and the Ontario Power Authority. Hydro One and Toronto Hydro each committed $2.5 million over five years, while the Ontario Power Authority pledged to provide up to $2 million during that same period.
The Conference Board of Canada expected that there would be $347 billion of investment from 2012 until 2030 to renew Canada's aging electricity infrastructure and increase power generation. Therefore, it projected that employment in this energy sector would increase by an average of 156,000 jobs in 20 years.
"The Electricity Sector Council predicts that about half of the people in this sector will be leaving the industry within the next five years. The Petroleum HR Council also estimates an additional 15,000 workers will be needed Canada-wide over the next four years. What remains is a real shortage for skilled employees."
In order to help address the projected shortage of workers in the electricity industry, the Centre for Urban Energy created the Energy Management and Innovation Certificate program in 2012. It is conducted in partnership with Ryerson's G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.
Ryerson University opens the Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) with the support of three founding sponsors: Hydro One, Ontario Power Authority and Toronto Hydro
CUE establishes a partnership with Anna University in Chennai, India to develop a joint centre for research and collaboration in urban energy
CUE develops a postgraduate Certificate Program in Energy Management and Innovation and launches the iCUE, an incubator and accelerator for energy-focused startups
The Ontario Ministry of Energy and Schneider Electric announce funding to build a smart grid laboratory at CUE, the first of its kind in a university setting anywhere in Canada
CUE releases a major report on cities’ response to extreme weather and commences a program of research in conjunction with the community-owned electricity distribution company PowerStream