Northeast USA-Canada Decarbonization

Northeast Electrification and Decarbonization Alliance
May 2020
By Pierre-Olivier Pineau, Simon Langlois-Bertrand

Deeper regional integration in the electricity sector across the North American Northeast can bring substantial benefits in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the deployment of renewable energy. In this region, as elsewhere in the world, GHG emission reduction targets imply the dual challenge of electrifying many energy needs and decarbonizing electricity production. Findings show that better coordination in planning and operating the Northeast electricity sector could greatly facilitate decarbonization. The study was produced by the Chair in Energy Sector Management of HEC Montréal, for the Northeast Electrification and Decarbonization Alliance, with the support of the Trottier Family Foundation, the Insitut de l’énergie Trottier and the Transition Accelerator.

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., Langlois-Bertrand, S. (2020). Northeast Decarbonization: Opportunities and Challenges of Regional Electricity Sector Integration for High Renewable Penetration, report prepared for the Northeast Electrification and Decarbonization Alliance, Chair in Energy Sector Management, HEC Montréal, April 2020.