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

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.

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Supporting Workers and Communities in a Coal Phase-out Lessons learned from just transition efforts in Canada

Jan. 27, 2022 - By Grace Brown, Binnu Jeyakumar

Phasing out energy generated by coal is central to achieving Canada’s target of net-zero electricity sector emissions by 2035 and a net-zero economy by 2050. But as Canada transitions to clean energy to deliver on these commitments, coal workers and local communities will be highly vulnerable to potential job losses and economic hardship. However, our report shows that clean energy jobs will rise signficantly offsetting those losses with the right policies and support systems in place.

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Towards a Clean Atlantic Grid Clean energy technologies for reliable, affordable electricity generation in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia

Jan. 20, 2022 - By Jan Gorski, Binnu Jeyakumar

As Canada phases out coal power, other energy sources must replace it. This study shows that in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, the clear winner is clean energy: a mix of resources (portfolios of renewables, battery storage, etc.) provide the same consistency of services as new gas or nuclear power plants, but at a lower cost. To provide reliable, affordable electricity and new jobs, both provinces should target clean energy portfolios for their next investments.

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Progress from Coal to Clean Comparing Canadian electric utilities’ approaches to energy transition

Dec. 2, 2021 - By Grace Brown, Kaitlin Olmsted, Binnu Jeyakumar

This report charts the progress made by utilities in Canada’s four remaining coal-burning provinces (Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia) as they transition from coal to cleaner energy. It explains in detail the indicators used to evaluate utility transition approaches, provides data collection methodology, and presents a narrative of the differing approaches utilities are taking to complete this energy transition.

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

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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