Following a mandate from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), the Institut de l’énergie Trottier at Polytechnique Montréal (IET) has structured and implemented an Energy Modeling Initiative (EMI).

This mandate ended on March 31, 2020, culminating in the publication of a final report on the proposal to establish a long-term Energy Modeling Center.

This proposal builds on a year of network facilitation, consultations, surveys, and conventions within the Canadian modelling community and a broad range of stakeholders.

Modelling Relevance and Value

Long-term Plan Proposal : Energy Modelling Centre
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Following a workshop organized by NRCan on the “Development of an Open Modelling Platform for Electrification and Deep Decarbonisation Studies,” in February 2019, NRCan sought to facilitate the adoption of federal and provincial policies that foster the electrification and deep decarbonisation of Canadian energy systems through a nationally coordinated program. A call for proposal was issued to initiate a dialogue with Canadian electricity system modellers and lay the foundation for establishing a modelling network to “support decision making by policy makers and other stakeholders for the transition towards a clean electric future.”

The NRCan call for proposal identified the overarching challenge of the initiative; that is, to decarbonise the economy and transform Canada’s complex energy systems. Given the lack of an independent institution and research coalition to advise stakeholders on various aspects of these challenges, NRCan called for a proposal to convene Canadian energy modelling expertise and develop a sustained “Canadian community of electricity system modellers.”

Therefore, EMI has brought the community of modellers together across Canada in three regional workshops with over 150 participants and in a national forum with over 100 participants from academia, governments, NGOs, public services and the private sector.