Energy policy in the 21st century is being rewritten, repurposed and redirected almost weekly. Fundamental changes in the ways we drive the economies of the world are underway. A lifestyle predicated on limitless supplies of energy-dense fossil fuels suddenly poses questions for which there are not yet answers. A growing consensus about the extent of the problem fractures the moment people turn their minds to solutions.
The Institute therefore makes the fundamental assumption that change is inevitable; that ways will be found to make renewable energy sources an ever-increasing part of the mix and that doing the least possible economic harm will remain a limiting imperative.
Current work of the Institute focuses on:
- Biomass, especially from the forest;
- Pricing under Ontario’s Green Energy and Green Economy Act, and comparisons with the evolving German experience with similar pricing incentives;
- The role of renewable energy in local distribution grids;
- The solar resource and the potential for government industry incentives.