The objective of this project is to research and model clean energy-based pathways required to achieve a net-zero grid in Ontario by 2035. Given the expected increase in electricity demand, natural gas fired generation is seen as a solution for maintaining reliability in the grid (mainly due to ability to quickly ramp up and down and provide energy over long durations). However, the increased use of natural gas is a major obstacle for achieving net zero goals. The project aims to engage stakeholders to identify priority actions and feasible approaches required to meet this objective in a timely and cost-effective manner. The applicant will achieve this by:
- Undertaking research and knowledge dissemination demonstrating that net-zero resources can offer a reliable supply to the grid at a cost comparable to current plans.
- Conducting stakeholder engagement to identify reliability options for a net-zero grid.