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Accelerating the deployment of plug-in electric vehicles in Canada and Ontario

Accelerating the deployment of plug-in electric vehicles in Canada and Ontario
This report explores ways to build upon existing policy frameworks at the federal and provincial level with respect to plug-in electric vehicles, and highlights opportunities to accelerate and optimize the decarbonization capability of electric vehicles.

Authors: Bruce Power, Plug'n Drive, Pollution Probe and University of Waterloo
Date: September 2016

Utility opportunities

Utility opportunities in energy storage
CUE invited key players in the electrical energy delivery system from the province of Ontario to discuss their current experiences with power system challenges as well as their thoughts and ideas on how energy storage might help in addressing their systems’ current and future needs.

Authors:
Mohamed Ahmed, Bob Singh, Bhanu Opathella, Lalitha Subramanian and Bala Venkatesh
Date: June 2016

Leading the Charge conference proceedings

Leading the Charge: conference proceedings
The intention of the conference was to provide a stage for manufacturers, utilities and customers to share their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of energy storage- an essential technology in Canada's transition to clean energy.

Authors: Omid Alizadeh
Date: June 2016

A new storage capacity market design for renewable-storage grid integration

A new storage capacity market design for renewable-storage grid integration
The capacity market ensures that there are sufficient available resources to meet the power demand in the future and the power is delivered to its customers at a competitive price. This paper intends to introduce a new capacity market design using financial options in which capacity providers and renewable energy sources bid in a market for both energy and capacity.

Authors: Reza Ghaffari and Bala Venkatesh
Date: October 2015

Demand response literature review

Demand response literature review
Demand response is an efficient form of electricity conservation as it encourages load reduction only at times when the reduction would help achieve goals such as infrastructure deferral and lowering electricity prices. This paper surveys and summarizes literature to illustrate our current state of knowledge in demand response.

Authors:
Jessie Ma, Ayman Elkasrawy, Danilo Yu and Bala Venkatesh
Date: October 2015

Achieving Electricity Grid Resiliency

Achieving electricity grid resiliency
Increasing frequency in severe weather events and resulting system failures and power disruptions create an important consideration for energy planners and designers to increase energy system resilience.

Authors:
Birendra Singh, Pallavi Roy, Thierry Spiess and Bala Venkatesh
Date: October 2015

LDC Conference Proceedings

The LDC of the Future: conference proceedings
On Wednesday, June 3, 2015 over 110 members of the local distribution company community met at Ryerson University's Mattamy Athletic Centre for CUE’s LDC of the Future Conference.

Authors: Ryan Zade, Nabila Alibhai and Dan McGillivray
Date: June 2015

White Paper - Conservation

Conservation and demand management: where we are today
In Ontario, conservation and demand management (CDM) has long been a priority. This paper reviews some of our lessons from the past, in Ontario and beyond, as we look to the future.

Authors: Jessie Ma, Danilo Yu, Craig Brown and Bala Venkatesh
Date: April 2015

White Paper - Energy Storage

Survey on energy storage technologies in power systems
This paper presents a brief review on various energy storage systems including mechanical, electrical, electrochemical and thermal storage systems.

Authors: Apparao Dekka, Reza Ghaffari, Bala Venkatesh and Bin Wu
Date:
April 2015

White Paper - Urban and Energy Planning

Sustainable integrated urban and energy planning, the evolving electrical grid and urban energy transition
The purpose of this white paper is to examine the current considerations in sustainable urban and energy planning and the role of evolving electrical distribution systems as a key player in achieving transition.

Authors:
Birendra Singh, Pallavi Roy, Thierry Spiess and Bala Venkatesh
Date:
April 2015

LDC Asset Renewal Series: Executive Summary

LDC asset renewal series: executive summary
Bala Venkatesh, the Centre for Urban Energy’s (CUE) Academic Director, invited Paul Murphy – past President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) – to chair a series of discussions on the future of electricity distribution in Ontario.

Authors: Paul Murphy, Ryan Zade, Sean Conway and Bala Venkatesh
Date: December 2014

LDC Asset Rewal Series: Part 5 - Government

LDC asset renewal series: part 5 – government
Electricity planning has been as much about the interface between elected officials, neutral arbiters, special interest groups, corporate forces, and consumers as it has been about engineering and economics. This paper explores the evolution of these relationships and tensions.

Authors: Paul Murphy, Ryan Zade, Sean Conway and Bala Venkatesh
Date: December 2014

LDC Asset Renewal Series: Reliability

LDC asset renewal series: part 4 – reliability
Keeping the lights on: it is at the heart of the electricity business. The other papers in this series consider the impact of institutional or external factors on the operation of distribution systems. In turn, we measure the successfulness of these systems by their reliability.

Authors: Paul Murphy, Ryan Zade, Sean Conway and Bala Venkatesh
Date: December 2014

LDC Asset Rewal Series: Executive Summary

LDC asset renewal series: part 3 – asset upkeep and renewal
Infrastructure and equipment expenditures must be examined within the context of contemporary challenges: replacing aging infrastructure, integrating digital equipment, new processes and tools that facilitate cost-effective maintenance and refurbishment, rate pressures, and increasing risk of obsolescence as innovation accelerates. 

Authors: Paul Murphy, Ryan Zade, Sean Conway and Bala Venkatesh
Date: December 2014

LDC Asset Renewal Series: Climate Change

LDC asset renewal series: part 2 – climate change
Predicted changes in long-term weather patterns must inform efforts to renew our distribution sector assets. Temperatures across Ontario will rise over the next 50 years. Winters will be warmer and shorter, while summers will be hotter.

Authors: Paul Murphy, Ryan Zade, Sean Conway and Bala Venkatesh
Date: December 2014

LDC Asset Renewal Series: New Technology

LDC asset renewal series: part 1 – new technology
LDCs need to invest in asset renewal, while concurrently building the smart grid. They do so with uncertainty about what new technologies will become popular. Even their customer base might change: some will be more reliant on LDCs, while others will might even choose to disconnect altogether. Understanding how disruptive technology will change customer demand must inform the investments we are making today.

Authors: Paul Murphy, Ryan Zade, Sean Conway and Bala Venkatesh
Date: December 2014

LDC Asset Renewal Series: References and Bibliography

LDC asset renewal series: references and bibliography
A comprehensive list of works cited and bibliography in CUE's five research papers focused on LDC asset renewal.

Authors: Paul Murphy, Ryan Zade, Sean Conway and Bala Venkatesh
Date: December 2014

EV Status Report

Transportation rEVolution: electric vehicle status update 2014
In 2012, WWF challenged Canadians to achieve the goal of 10 per cent of new vehicle sales being electric by 2020

Authors: Plug'n Drive and World Wildlife Fund Canada
Date: October 2014

The Ice Storm: Extreme Weather and Urban Energy

The ice storm: extreme weather and urban energy
The December 2013 ice storm, extreme weather and urban energy: what worked, what did not and how to prepare for the next time

Authors:
Dan McGillivray, Sean Conway and Sarah Marchionda
Date: May 2014

Enabling Electric Vehicle Charging in Condominiums

Enabling electric vehicle charging in condominiums
This guide is a tool to help enable EV charging in condominiums and has been developed with the legal and development status in Ontario

Authors:
Plug'n Drive, Canadian Condominium Institute-Toronto and World Wildlife Fund Canada
Date: May 2014

EMAP Toronto Report

Electric mobility adoption and prediction
Informing the development of an electric vehicle deployment strategy for the City of Toronto

Authors:
Pollution Probe and the Centre for Urban Energy
Date: January 2014

Electricity Prices — How Will Consumers Manage?

Electricity prices — how will consumers manage?
The investment required to maintain a reliable, affordable and sustainable energy system is going to cost money, which in these economic times is in scarce supply

Authors:
Jim MacDougall
Date:
June 2012