Binnu JeyakumarDirector, Clean Energy

Binnu brings a wealth of skills, expertise and experience from the power industry, government and non-profit sectors to her position as director of the clean energy program of the Pembina Institute, Canada’s leading energy think tank. Her portfolio includes managing the phase-out of coal power, integrating renewables, and modernizing the grid. She has expertise in fossil fuel and renewable generation technologies, community energy, sustainability strategy development. She has designed and convened several multi-stakeholder engagements on energy policy issues.

Before joining the Pembina Institute, Binnu worked as a plant and performance engineer at TransAlta’s various generating facilities in Alberta, Ontario, and Mexico. She also provided management consulting services to the Ghanaian government focusing on local government effectiveness. She currently serves on the board of Blue Green Canada.

During her free time, Binnu loves to spend time in the Rockies, hiking and canoeing.


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Binnu Jeyakumar's Recent Publications

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From Coal to Clean Canada’s progress toward phasing out coal power

Publication
Oct. 19, 2021 - By Benjamin Thibault, Binnu Jeyakumar, Grace Brown, Kaitlin Olmsted

Countries, utilities and financial institutions are seeking to phase out coal as part of a commitment to a net-zero economy by 2050, which in developed countries requires a net-zero electricity grid by 2035. This report shows the policies used in Ontario and Alberta can inform the coal phase-out in the Canadian provinces still burning coal, and warns that replacing coal with unabated natural gas could undermine emissions reductions and thwart efforts toward net-zero power by 2035.

Transmission lines in front of a boreal forest backdrop. Photo by Stephen Hui.

No better time to invest in an electric future An interconnected net-zero grid optimizes Canada’s energy strengths beyond provincial borders

Op-ed
Nov. 9, 2021 - By Binnu Jeyakumar, Jan Gorski

At COP26, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined the U.S. and U.K. in committing to a net-zero emissions electricity grid by 2035. It was a monumental step. A clean grid is so fundamental to reaching net-zero by 2050, the International Energy Agency set 2035 as the target date for developed countries in its landmark Net Zero by 2050 report. Key to delivering on this promise: more transmission lines to connect provincial grids and allow us, as a nation, to play to our strengths.

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Connecting provinces for clean electricity grids Regional collaboration to unlock the power of hydro, wind and solar to decarbonize Canada’s economy

Publication
Sept. 17, 2021 - By Jan Gorski, Binnu Jeyakumar, Spencer Williams

Decarbonizing Canada's economy by 2050 requires governments to move quickly to reduce emissions from the electricity sector — starting with a commitment to achieve a net-zero grid by 2035. From coal phase-out to strong carbon pricing, broad policies and measures are key to accelerating supply of clean electricity to meet growing demand. Also key: interprovincial electricity grid connections to make the most of our renewable energy strengths.

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Connecting Canada on the Road to 2030 Exploring the climate benefits and impacts of teleworking

Publication
June 16, 2021 - By Saeed Kaddoura, Morrigan Simpson-Marran, Binnu Jeyakumar

In 2020, the pandemic created an unprecedented opportunity to study the effects of radical, short-term cultural shifts. As millions of people abruptly started working from home, it was unclear whether the empty streets and offices would lead to climate benefits like reduced GHG emissions. This study looks at preliminary results, balancing the emissions effects of less commuting, but more home usage of internet and data.

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