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Energy Modelling Experts Wanted:

Submit to Our Call for Communications and Contribute to the 2023 EMH Annual Forum in Ottawa on December 11-12. 

Dear Canadian Energy Modellers,

We are excited to invite you to participate in the Energy Modelling Hub 2023 Annual Forum, which will be held on December 11-12 in Ottawa. The theme of this year's event is "Achieving a net-zero electricity sector by 2035: Incorporating Real-world Constraints and Dynamics." Our goal is to provide a comprehensive overview of efforts to achieve net-zero emissions by 2035, with a specific focus on the Clean Electricity Regulations (CER) and federal fiscal measures announced in Budget 2023.


Conference Information

The two-day forum promises insightful discussions and presentations, offering both an international and a Canadian perspective. On December 11, we are currently exploring co-hosting with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), providing an international outlook. The day will feature four panels, presentations, and moderated discussions, covering various topics related to energy modelling and environmental issues. The second day of the Energy Modelling Hub 2023 Annual Forum, on December 12, will concentrate on the Canadian perspective. 


Call for Communications - Guidelines

We warmly invite you to contribute to this event by submitting a short abstract (less than 250 words) for potential presentations on Day 2. We are particularly interested in abstracts that showcase your modelling results and insights related to one or more of the four key topics/questions listed below. 


Theme and Topics

Key topics and questions of interest EMH Annual Forum 2023 - Day 2 (December 12)

  • Session 1/Topic 1: Powering the Transition: Examining Provincial Systems and Financial Implications of Clean Electricity Regulations (CER) 

  • Session 2/Topic 2: Empowering the Energy Workforce: Modelling Labor Force Impacts and Future Demands 

  • Session 3/Topic 3: Powering the Grid: Unraveling Changes, Costs, and Flexibility in Distribution Systems 

  • Session 4/ Topic 4: Securing the Energy Supply Chain: Mitigating Risks and Overcoming Constraints

    A more detailed description of the theme and topic of interest is available below.


Important Dates

Please submit your abstract via this form by August 24, 2023, indicating your preferred session or question you aim to address.

After receiving the abstracts, the organizing committee will diligently review the applications and confirm the selected presentations by September 8. Additionally, we will inform applicants about the potential allocated funding for those who have requested financial support. The chosen teams will have until December 1 to conduct their modelling and prepare their presentations, showcasing their valuable insights and results during the conference.


Funding Support

The Energy Modelling Hub (EMH) is keen on receiving compelling and innovative contributions for the designated topics. If your team is planning to conduct new modelling and requires funding, please let us know. The EMH has a limited budget envelope to support new modelling efforts that aim to provide timely and relevant results and insights on the designated topics and we will give preference for model results based on transparent tools & data. 


Thank you for your consideration and involvement in advancing energy modelling and sustainability in Canada and we are looking forward to your applications!


The Energy Modelling Hub Team

Key topics and questions of interest 

EMH Annual Forum 2023 - Day 2 (December 12)

Session 1  / Topic 1 :

Powering the Transition: Examining Provincial Systems and Financial Implications of Clean Electricity Regulations (CER)

Session 2 / Topic 2: 

Empowering the Energy Workforce: Modelling Labor Force Impacts and Future Demands

  1. Provincial system build-out: Analyzing strategies for responding to constraints on fossil fuels imposed by the proposed Clean Electricity Regulations.

  2. Impact on system costs: Assessing the financial implications, including conducting rate impact analyses, resulting from the Clean Electricity Regulations.

  3. Selecting the appropriate technologies and which ones should be considered for ITCs.

  4. Adequacy of Ottawa's investment: Evaluating whether the allocated funds are sufficient to support the envisioned transition to cleaner energy sources and whether the distribution of investments aligns with the intended goals.

  1. Labor force modelling: Exploring the methodologies and approaches used in modelling the energy workforce, including forecasting future labor needs and understanding the dynamics of labor market transitions.

  2. Bridging energy modelling and labor force impacts: Examining the interconnections between energy modelling outcomes and their influence on the labor force, such as identifying the skills and job requirements needed to meet the expected demand for new infrastructure.

  3. Understanding labor force growth: Assessing the projected growth and expansion of the labor force in response to the anticipated demand for new energy infrastructure, identifying the necessary scale of workforce development initiatives.

Session 3 / Topic 3

Powering the Grid: Unraveling Changes, Costs, and Flexibility in Distribution Systems

  1. Estimating new distribution system capacity: Examining the requirements for expanding the distribution system to support the electrification of end-uses, including forecasting the magnitude of capacity needed and identifying potential challenges in accommodating increased electricity demand.

  2. Utility response to capacity needs: Assessing the ability of utilities to meet the evolving capacity requirements as they emerge, considering factors such as infrastructure planning, resource allocation, and regulatory frameworks.

  3. Cost implications of distribution system changes: Analyzing the financial considerations associated with upgrading and expanding the distribution system, including infrastructure investments, operational expenses, maintenance costs, and potential funding mechanisms.

  4. Unlocking the potential of load flexibility: Investigating the role of load flexibility in optimizing distribution system operations, exploring load management strategies, demand response programs, and smart grid technologies as means to enhance system efficiency, reduce costs, and support the integration of renewable energy sources.

Session 4  / Topic 4 :

Securing the Energy Supply Chain: Mitigating Risks and Overcoming Constraints

  1. Assessing supply chain vulnerabilities: Identifying potential risks and vulnerabilities in the energy supply chain, including dependence on imports, geopolitical factors, and disruptions caused by natural disasters or market dynamics.

  2. Modelling supply chain disruptions: Incorporating the impact of supply chain disruptions into energy models, considering the implications on the availability, cost, and deployment of energy technologies, materials, and components.

  3. Managing limited supply: Examining the challenges associated with limited supply of critical materials and metals, exploring strategies for diversification, resource efficiency, and recycling to mitigate risks and ensure a sustainable supply chain.

  4. Enhancing supply chain resilience: Discussing measures to enhance the resilience of the energy supply chain, such as promoting local production, fostering innovation, strengthening collaboration between stakeholders, and leveraging technological advancements to mitigate risks and meet net-zero goals.

Submit a communication

Proposal can be submitted directly via this form.

Deadline: August 24, 2023

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