Congratulations to the 2014 recipients of The Energy Council of Canada Energy Policy Research Fellowship:
Tanya Christidis's research examines solutions to local opposition and conflict of wind turbine development in Ontario, to improve process from the perspectives of multiple stakeholders.
Yonathan Strauch will be investigating the drivers of technological progress and what accelerates that progress in renewable energy, with a focus on the contemporary case study of energy storage, and a lesser focus on the historical case study of solar PV. Taking an evolutionary view, He is exploring the role of synergies across technical, market and social domains in the emergence of new energy industries, such as energy storage in the coming decade, or solar PV over the past decade.
Gord Stephen studies the impact and potential of smart meter data in addressing energy poverty and rising electricity rates through conservation and demand management.
Konstantinos Karanasios's research looks at the community interface where technical, economic and social aspects of renewable energy projects are designed to create development opportunities and to improve environmental performance by displacing diesel with renewables in remote and First Nations communities.
Stephanies Whitney's study will merge two of the Energy Council of Canada's identified priority areas: quantifying/estimating energy conservation as a Canadian resource, and energy literacy, public outreach and engagement. Using the lens of social marketing theory, the overall goal of her research is to evaluate the success of energy conservation campaigns in Ontario since the formation of the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) in 2004.
Annual fellowships are valued at up to $15,000 for Master's students and up to $25,000 for Doctoral students registered at the University of Waterloo. We thank the Energy Council of Canada for their generous contribution. We thank all applicants for their submissions and encourage interested candidates to stay tuned for the upcoming 2015 Call for Applications.
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