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Barriers and solutions to achieving net-zero emissions goals in Canada's electricity sector

Current status: Open

This engagement is open for response until January 24, 2024.

This engagement will inform the Council’s independent advice to the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources on key themes that the electricity sector must address to drive progress towards 2035 and 2050 net-zero objectives.

How to participate

With less than a year left in its mandate, the Council recognizes the short timelines. At the same time, we also recognize potential engagement fatigue when it comes to informing a variety of similar civil society and government initiatives in the electricity sector. To avoid duplication, the Council’s secretariat has endeavoured to analyze submissions from related written engagement processes (e.g., related to the Clean Electricity Regulations and the Clean Electricity Investment Tax Credit). The Council has made an effort to develop targeted questions that seek to build upon – rather than duplicate – other processes.

The engagement is seeking responses to the questions in the discussion guide related to five key themes.

Interested parties can participate in this engagement, this may include:

  • Provincial, territorial and municipal governments
  • Indigenous Peoples and communities
  • Electricity regulators, utilities and producers
  • Industry
  • Civil society organizations

Please read and provide written answers to the discussion questions found in the discussion guide. You can choose to answer some or all of the questions.

Email your responses to by January 24, 2024.

Key themes for discussion

The Council has identified 5 themes that the electricity sector must address to meet its net-zero emissions objectives and is seeking stakeholder feedback on how to:

  • improve planning and oversight of electricity systems to support net-zero
  • build electricity infrastructure in a timely manner while creating benefits for Indigenous partners
  • attract capital investments and maintain electricity affordability through the transition
  • enhance regional cooperation to take advantage of efficient, low-cost pathways to net-zero
  • enable electricity sector innovations that can reduce the cost and risk of the energy transition while maintaining grid reliability and resiliency

Next steps

Input on these discussion questions will inform the Council’s final, independent advice to the federal Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, expected to be delivered in the spring of 2024.

A final report will summarize the input that our engagement initiatives received from different stakeholders and how the Council has incorporated it into their findings.

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