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History

Off to a bright start

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 (now part of the Independent Electricity System Operator). 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 Centre for Urban Energy will directly address energy and environmental issues that affect every one of us, every day," said Levy.

Progress

2010
Ryerson University external,announces the creation of CUE with $7 million in support from our founding sponsors: Hydro One, the Ontario Power Authority (now part of the IESO) and Toronto Hydro.

2011
CUE opens its doors at 147 Dalhousie St. for the first time. Professor Bala Venkatesh is appointed as the centre’s academic director. Sixteen industry-driven research projects led by Ryerson faculty get underway. CUE also PDF fileestablishes a partnership with Anna University in Chennai, India to develop a joint centre for research and collaboration in urban energy.

2012
CUE develops the Postgraduate Certificate in Energy Management and Innovation with Ryerson’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education to help address the projected shortage of workers in the electricity industry. CUE launches the iCUE (now Clean Energy Zone), Canada’s first business incubator and accelerator devoted to energy-focused startups.

2013
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.

2014
In the aftermath of the December 2013 ice storm, CUE holds a roundtable discussion and releases a major report on lessons from the event, including recommendations on how utilities, policy makers and communities can prepare for extreme weather events in the future.

2015
NSERC awards CUE with a grant worth close to $5 million over five years to create a research network focused on energy storage.

2016
CUE launches a Professional Master’s Diploma (PMDip) in Energy and Innovation intended to provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to function in the fast-growing and rapidly changing Canadian energy sector.