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EnergyMatters@Ivey

Welcome to the Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre blog, EnergyMatters@Ivey. The intent of the blog series is to offer an independent and fact-based economic perspective on current energy policy matters, and to broaden public awareness of the issues.

Jun 12, 2020

Ontario’s multi-billion-dollar asset acquisition that nobody is talking about

In April, an Ontario Crown corporation closed a massive financial deal for a series of natural gas power plants. We consider the possible motivations for the acquisition from both a financial and public interest perspective.
May 20, 2020

Electricity demand and unemployment

Brian Rivard, Ivey Business School, Western University and Adonis Yatchew, University of Toronto, are examining models of electricity demand to estimate changes in economic activity, specifically unemployment, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 1, 2020

COVID-19 economics: Electricity as a compass to recovery

Brian Rivard, Ivey Business School, Western University and Adonis Yatchew, University of Toronto, are examining data on electricity consumption to shed light on the gradual path to economic recovery following COVID-19.
Apr 30, 2020

Environmental policy and Canada's manufacturing clean-up

Canada’s manufacturing sector has become much less polluting in recent decades, with sectoral emissions falling by up to 70% since the 1990s. Professor Nouri Najjar discusses his new research that shows a single Canadian environmental policy explains just under 40% of this clean-up.
Oct 10, 2019

MBA Energy Club hosts event on Canadian energy

Constantin Robin and Daniela Barros are MBA ’20 candidates and the President and Vice President of the MBA Energy Club. Recently, they had the pleasure to host Jeff Tonken to talk about "What Energy Means to Canada." Here are some of the takeaways from the event.
Sep 9, 2019

The left hand, right hand approach to electricity policy

You have probably heard the expression, “the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing” to convey that there is a state of confusion or inconsistency within a group or organization. Is Ontario using a left hand, right hand approach to manage its electricity sector?
Aug 15, 2019

Understanding regulatory independence

The independence of energy regulators is a hot topic. Guy Holburn and Karen Taylor discuss recent research illustrating that independence is a more complex and nuanced attribute than is commonly assumed – and some regulators in Canada are structurally more independent from government than others.
Jun 13, 2019

A closer look at household energy bills in Quebec and Ontario

Hydro Quebec’s yearly report offers a useful comparison of household electricity rates, but what about how typical consumption levels vary by city, or usage of different energy fuels, such as natural gas?
Apr 2, 2019

Regulating in the public interest: Moving beyond the recommendations of the OEB Modernization Review Panel

On March 15th, the Ontario government released the final report of the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) Modernization Review Panel. We weigh in on the report's recommendations.
Mar 4, 2019

Energy matters: Radically engaging with society

Zsolt Vigh, President of the MBA Energy Club, shares key takeaways from an Ivey Idea Forum which took place in January.