Getting on an Efficient Decarbonization Track

Volume 3, Issue 5
October 2021
By Pierre-Olivier Pineau, Aïssatou Ba

The climate crisis and the related need to drastically reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions call for a quick decarbonization of the power sector and for the electrification of many energy end-uses. The states and provinces in northeastern North America share similar decarbonization goals. There is however no official plan to integrate balkanised electricity markets in this region. Such an initiative would however reduce both the need for additional production capacity and total system costs.

This report’s objective is to quantify the economic benefits of creating better intertie capacity between electricity markets in northeastern North  America. The benefits of better interconnecting northeastern electricity markets are significant in nature, but not widely acknowledged. Many decarbonization studies ignore integration, which is problematic when game-changing hydropower reservoirs could be used to help reduce the cost of integrating large amounts of intermittent renewable capacity.

About the Authors

Pierre-Olivier Pineau, PhD

Pierre-Oliver Pineau (PhD, HEC Montréal, 2000) is a professor at the Department of Decision Sciences of HEC Montréal and holds the Chair in Energy Sector Management since December 2013. He is an energy policy and management specialist, with a focus on electricity reforms. He has published many papers on the energy sector, most of them exploring the links between energy and some aspects of sustainable development. He participates regularly in the public debate on energy and has authored many reports for the government and other public organizations.

He is a researcher and Fellow at the Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO). Before joining HEC Montreal, he was an associate professor at the School of Public Administration, University of Victoria (2001-2006).


Cite as: Pineau, P.-O., Ba, A. (2021). Getting on an Efficient Decarbonization Track. Transition Accelerator Reports Vol. 3, Issue 5, Pg. 1-38. (English Report)