In 2008, the City of Medicine Hat, Alberta, launched a large-scale energy conservation program, HAT Smart, an initiative targeted at reducing residential per capita energy consumption. This policy brief evaluates the actual energy savings and net economic benefits achieved by the program, and also offers an opportunity to learn from this program and situate the results of HAT Smart within a growing body of research studying similar programs offered in other jurisdictions.
In October 2019, the Energy Centre hosted its 3rd annual electricity workshop, bringing together prominent scholars, practitioners and industry to share ideas and research on contemporary issues related to electricity policy, regulation and electricity markets. Professor Meredith Fowlie from University of California, Berkeley and Andy Ott, former CEO of PJM Interconnection LLC delivered keynote addresses. Other expert speakers included Professor Frank Wolak, Stanford University; Jessica Savage, Director of Corporate & Regulatory Affairs, Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO); Vittoria Bellissimo, Executive Director of the Industrial Power Consumers Association of Alberta (IPCAA); and Kevin Dawson, Director of Market Design at the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO).
This Policy Brief offers an economic perspective to the ongoing policy discussions around the global adjustment. The global adjustment is a monthly fee paid by Ontario consumers to cover the fixed cost to build and maintain generation assets in the province, and to deliver Ontario’s conservation programs.