Episode 053: Monica Gattinger, Positive Energy and Public Confidence in Decision-making
Recorded on Zoom in January 2022, episode 53 features a conversation with Monica Gattinger, the Chair of Positive Energy at the University of Ottawa. I am a member of the Advisory Council of Positive Energy, and CEA has been supporting the Positive Energy research and engagement program since the initiative was launched six years ago. On this episode, we discuss Positive Energy’s mandate to identify how to strengthen public confidence in energy decision-making, and how this has evolved with a greater focus on climate change and net zero aspirations. We also talk about the need to innovate our institutions, and the challenges of energy federalism. And Monica’s book recommendation for addition to the Flux Capacitor Book Club is right on topic.Links:Positive Energy: https://www.uottawa.ca/positive-energy/Book: https://www.omarelakkad.com/american-war
Mike Cleland and Monica Gattinger on Regulatory Design
The concepts of regulatory independence and effectiveness are under tremendous pressure. In recent decades, energy-decision makers have had to grapple with a rapidly expanding slate of economic, environmental and social issues. Looking ahead thirty years, Canada is committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Successfully charting this future will depend in considerable measure on whether public energy decision systems – including regulators – are up to the job. Positive Energy Executive-in-Residence Mike Cleland and Positive Energy Chair Dr. Monica Gattinger are the co-authors of a brand-new report entitled Energy Project Decision Systems for Net Zero: Designing for Functionality, Adaptability and Legitimacy. They join the podcast to discuss what needs to change within Canada’s regulatory ecosystem to make net-zero by 2050 a reality. For more on Positive Energy, please visit our website: https://www.uottawa.ca/positive-energy/
Monica Gattinger on the roles and responsibilities of energy decision-makers
What are the respective roles and responsibilities between policymakers, regulators, the courts, municipalities and Indigenous governments when it comes to energy and climate decision-making? Clearly articulating and strengthening these relationships is one of the most pivotal but understudied factors shaping our collective energy and climate future. Dr. Monica Gattinger returns to the podcast to discuss this crucial question, which forms the basis for a new stream of research at Positive Energy. For more information about Positive Energy, please visit our website.
Go Big or Go Home: The Future of Canadian Energy—with Monica Gattinger, Mike Cleland, Chris Henderson, Shannon Joseph, Tonja Leach and Shawn McCarthy.
Earlier this month, Positive Energy hosted a debate to examine and address polarization in Canadian politics, in particular its effects on energy decision-making. The question: Can Canada better meet its future energy, environmental, social and economic needs with large projects and system-wide approaches, or local projects and community approaches? The debate featured four experts with diverse and extensive experience on energy issues across Canada. Arguing for large projects and system-wide approaches were Mike Cleland, Senior Fellow with Positive Energy, and Shannon Joseph, Vice President of Government Relations for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Arguing for local projects and community approaches were Chris Henderson, President of Lumos Energy, and Tonja Leach, Executive Director of Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST). The debate was moderated by Shawn McCarthy, a journalist and Senior Counsel at Sussex Strategies. For more information on the December debate, please visit the Positive Energy website.
Monica Gattinger on polarization in an age of climate change
Welcome to the new Positive Energy podcast. In our debut episode, Ian T.D. Thomson talks with Professor Monica Gattinger, Chair of Positive Energy and Director of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa, about why Canada’s dialogue around energy and climate issues has become polarized—and what we can do about it. For more on Positive Energy's new report, Canada’s Energy Future in an Age of Climate Change, please visit the Positive Energy website.