Exploring decarbonized energy system pathways and electrification options for BC and Alberta. 

Grid integration is an effective way to reduce GHG emissions if one region with abundant “clean” renewable electricity supply displaces a heavy emitter, such as coal-fired electricity, in a neighbouring region.
This project is analyzing energy system pathways using low-to-no carbon electricity sources, considering cost, reliability, and emissions. Electrical system structure is examined in terms of generation, capacity, and flexibility requirements reflecting future demand, technology, and policy scenarios. Regional integration of electricity systems may also expand consumer access to renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and biomass.

Big Five Project:  Began January, 2014 / Project Duration: Five years.

Research Partners

Principal Investigators

Andrew Rowe

Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, and Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic)

Peter Wild

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and IESVic

Taco  Niet

Taco Niet

Assistant Professor (Practitioner), School of Sustainable Energy Engineering, SFU


Bryson Robertson

2060 Project Manager, Associate Professor; Co-Director, Pacific Marine Energy Center Oregon State University

Ned Djilali

Professor, Canada Research Chair in Energy System Design and Computational Modelling, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and IESVic

Kara Shaw

Director, Assoc. Professor, Environmental Studies


Solution Seekers

  • Alberta Electricity System Operator
  • Alberta Energy
  • Alberta Market Surveillance Administrator
  • BC Hydro
  • BC Ministry of Energy and Mines
  • PowerEx