Binnu JeyakumarProgram Director, Electricity

Portrait of Binnu Jeyakumar

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 electricity 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.

Contact Binnu Jeyakumar

work: 587-606-2260 • email: • tweet: @binnu_yyc

Binnu Jeyakumar's Recent Publications

Solar near Coronation

2023: The year Alberta says goodbye to coal Coal-fired power is a sunset industry, while renewable energy is on the rise

Blog March 9, 2023- By Binnu Jeyakumar, Will Noel
Solar power exceeded coal power several times in Alberta's electricity grid over the last few months. Coal-fired electricity generation is in the final stages of being phased out this year, while renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, are being built rapidly. The transition is exciting, but brings with it concerns about gas-fired power impeding our path to a net-zero emissions grid by 2035.

Three takeaways on gender and energy transition from COP27 Pembina Institute roundtable on Women Leading Energy

Blog Dec. 12, 2022- By Kendall Anderson, Binnu Jeyakumar
The Pembina Institute hosted a roundtable at the Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt on November 14, 2022. The roundtable, Women Leading Energy, brought together a diverse group of Canadian speakers and stakeholders with a shared interest in placing equity at the centre of decision-making in today’s and future energy systems.
Electricity transmission lines in Alberta

Global momentum on clean electricity keeps building In 2023, Canada must prioritize action

Blog Nov. 24, 2022- By Binnu Jeyakumar
Binnu Jeyakumar, director of the Pembina Institute’s clean electricity program, attended COP27 in Egypt this month. Here she reflects on the momentum she witnessed at the conference, and what Canada’s priorities should be on electricity in the year ahead.
Cover with flooding and forest fire

Green Budget Coalition Recommendations for Budget 2023

Publication Nov. 9, 2022- By Cedric Smith, Simon Dyer, Colton Kasteel, Scott MacDougall, Binnu Jeyakumar, Dave Lovekin, Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze
The Green Budget Coalition, comprising 21 of Canada’s leading environmental organizations, urges the federal government to continue to seize this opportunity to transform society to address the twin climate and biodiversity crises, create sustainable jobs and ensure enduring prosperity and well-being for all. This document provides a comprehensive package of timely budget and fiscal recommendations.

Amendments to Emissions Performance Standards in Ontario Pembina Institute comments and recommendations

Publication Oct. 18, 2022- By Jason Wang, Binnu Jeyakumar
A stringent and credible Emissions Performance Standards (EPS) program is paramount to creating policy certainty for Ontario businesses and industries. In August 2022, Ontario released its proposed amendments to the EPS; these, however, fall short of aligning to the federal benchmark and do not provide a clear path to a net-zero grid. The Pembina Institute provides recommendations for strengthening the EPS to provide policy certainty and unlock low-carbon prosperity.


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