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Richard Carlson

Since joining Mowat in 2013, Richard has worked on a number of energy issues, including on electricity and natural gas in Ontario and pipeline development in Canada. Richard worked in the UK advising investors and governments on energy and environmental policies and investments before joining Mowat. He has also published works on energy politics and policies in Canada, Europe, Turkey and Central Asia, and is co-editor of a book on social and political developments in post-independence Central Asia. He is a member of the board of the Transition énergétique Québec, the Quebec government’s energy transition agency. 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.

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June 8, 2017 | Richard Carlson

Connecting Canadians through a renewable energy supergrid

Just like the rest of the world, Canada faces the big challenge to decrease the carbon emissions that result from our energy use. One way to do this is to produce more low-carbon renewable electricity while at the same time rapidly electrifying other sectors, like heating and transportation. More
April 26, 2017 | Richard Carlson

Pricing Outcomes

A Framework for a 21st Century Electricity Market for Ontario

Driven by technological change and government policies, Ontario electricity generation is now dominated by nuclear, hydro, wind and solar. This paper, the latest in Mowat Energy's On the Grid series, analyzes the impact of this development on the wholesale energy market in Ontario and recommends a path forward for effective continued investment in low-carbon energy generation. More
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
November 3, 2016 | Paul Sommerville, Richard Carlson, Petar Prazic

Brave New World at the OEB

Policy Development and the Natural Gas Expansion Case

An ongoing Ontario Energy Board (OEB) proceeding offers timely insight into the role the Board sees itself playing in the implementation of government policy through its rate-making activities. 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