Canadian Climate Institute | Rapid transformation of electricity should be a national project

(Ottawa) A national climate policy research organization is suggesting that Canada’s energy transition to clean electricity be a national effort, with all levels of government working together to make electricity the primary source of energy.

Posted yesterday at 3:23pm.

A new report from the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI) adds that Quebec appears to be able to play a unifying role at the national level, particularly thanks to its technological expertise and know-how in the field. However, he noted that in the national project, the Government of Canada will be able to create a national strategic framework and catalyze progress at the regional level.

The report underscores the need for power grid harmonization, noting that it can reliably and cost-effectively boost the Canadian economy and support the transition to carbon neutrality.

According to the organization, the biggest barriers to this change are of a social, political and institutional nature.

Jason Dion, lead author of the report and director of the Canadian Climate Institute, wrote that if federal and provincial governments coordinate, they will gradually be able to provide citizens with clean, reliable and affordable electricity.

The institute notes that renewable energy and storage costs are declining, so electricity is now more useful than fossil fuels, whose prices fluctuate.

There are not enough dynamic retail prices

The report notes that Ontario is the only province with hourly rates that vary according to network production costs. This type of measure encourages customers to reduce their consumption during peak periods and reduces stress on electricity networks.

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Hydro-Québec has implemented pilot projects so that customers can take advantage of discounts when they reduce their energy consumption during peak hours.

However, these projects are on a voluntary basis.

The authors note that, according to the International Energy Agency, “to achieve carbon neutrality on a global scale by 2050, demand must become the primary vector for the resilience of electricity systems on a planetary scale.”

The institute warns that the very wide dissemination of this type of offering, called “dynamic retail pricing,” could face “social and regulatory hurdles.”

“Dynamic retail pricing, for example, may not be achieved for political reasons, and consumers may be reluctant to take large-scale measures to control demand for utility services.”

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