Decisions about energy systems in developing communities are challenging from a technical standpoint, and because of the unique characteristics that typify these areas; e.g., connectivity challenges, limits on infrastructure and government budgets, complex social and political arrangements, and economic vulnerability.

Against the backdrop of these challenges, the territorial government of Canada’s Northwest Territories (NWT) led a multi-year effort to reform its energy system. Members of the lab worked with the the government to provide guidance, and to conduct fieldwork, about how to best structure decisions about energy development and delivery so as to effectively meet a wide range of stakeholders’ objectives in a transparent and inclusive manner.

This research was led by Dr. Lisa Kenney, a PhD student in the lab between 2011 and 2015. Click here for more information about this project.