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Richard Carlson

Richard joins the Mowat Centre after a number of years living overseas, with the last five spent working in the UK advising investors and governments on energy policy and environmental issues. Richard’s research interests include examining how energy policy affects social, political and sustainable development. He has published on energy issues in Canada, Europe, Turkey and Central Asia, is co-editor of a book on social and political developments in post-independence Central Asia, and is on the editorial board of two journals. While living in the UK he received an MA in International Studies, with a focus on energy development in the Caspian Basin, from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Originally from the West Coast, he also lived and worked in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, and is the co-founder of a crowdfunding platform for improving energy access through off-grid energy projects.

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February 14, 2017 | Richard Carlson, Reuven Shlozberg

Technology is disrupting the energy sector. What does this mean for consumers and what should be done about it?

Technology is disrupting many economic sectors, from transportation to media – and the energy sector is not immune. More
December 20, 2016 | Paul Sommerville, Richard Carlson, Petar Prazic

Emerging Energy Trends

Regulatory Responses to Ontario’s Energy Future

This report identifies regulatory and policy responses to the advent of an energy future with high levels of distributed energy resources, building on European and U.S. experience responding to this development. More
September 22, 2016 | Paul Sommerville, Richard Carlson, Petar Prazic

Energizing Consumers

A Proactive Energy Consumer Charter for Ontario

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) is considering the development of an energy consumer charter of rights. Here is how the OEB can use this as an opportunity to encourage greater consumer participation in energy markets and regulatory processes in Ontario. More
April 8, 2015 | Richard Carlson, Rob Dorling

The Economics of Energy East: What’s in it for Ontario?

The proposed Energy East pipeline has been the focus of much debate in recent months. More
March 30, 2015 | Richard Carlson, Rob Dorling, Peter S. Spiro, Mike Moffatt

A Review of the Economic Impact of Energy East on Ontario

As part of its detailed review of the proposed Energy East pipeline project, the Ontario Energy Board asked the Mowat Centre to conduct an analysis of the economic impacts of Energy East on Ontario. More
October 17, 2014 | Richard Carlson, Eric Martin

Re-energizing the Conversation

Engaging the Ontario Public on Energy Issues
This report looks at how the public and small consumers can be effectively engaged and represented in the policy, regulatory, and siting areas of energy policy debates to help secure social licence. More
November 10, 2013 | Matthew Mendelsohn, Richard Carlson

The Politics of Pipelines

Ontario’s Stake in Canada’s Pipeline Debate
This paper analyzes the political and economic context of pipeline development in Canada and outlines Ontario’s stake in the national debate. More
June 28, 2013 | Richard Carlson, Eric Martin, Pamela Nowina, Mary Ellen Richardson

Getting the Green Light

The Path to Public Support for Ontario's Power Plans
This report identifies principles that Ontario can employ to gain greater public support and social license for long-term energy planning and infrastructure decisions. More