Sara Hastings-Simon is the director of the Pembina Institute’s clean economy program in Alberta. Sara has experience in renewables, energy efficiency and cleantech, through the lenses of policy, business and technology. Her work has included development of a detailed model of the North American power sector, research and presentations on success factors in the cleantech industry, international and domestic policy for climate change and emissions reduction, and consulting work on key business issues in the cleantech sector with utilities, solar developers, venture capital firms and governments.
Prior to joining the Pembina Institute, Sara was the manager of the cleantech practice at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. She holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Geneva.
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Sara Hastings-Simon's Recent Publications
Energy efficiency promotes economic prosperity, reduces environmental pollution and strengthens local independence. It is one of the lowest cost energy resources and the cheapest option to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Putting a price on carbon is one of the key components of Alberta’s climate leadership plan and represents robust climate policy. But there is significant misunderstanding about how the revenue collected will be used, what the impact on families will be, and how Alberta’s plan will interact with the federal plan to price carbon.
The Climate Leadership Plan will change Alberta’s electricity market in six major ways. This factsheet outlines the most important details of the province’s new electricty sector.
Recently, Mayor Nenshi invoked a new argument for why Calgary should be exempt from a price on carbon pollution.
Energy efficiency is one of the most cost-effective and accessible pathways for non-profit organizations to play a role in the transition. The non-profit sector is an important actor in the green energy transition. It is important that the sector has the right tools and support to participate effectively.