Grace BrownSenior Analyst

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Grace Brown is a senior analyst with the Pembina Institute's electricity program. Her work focuses on regulatory reform and utility business model innovation to enable a reliable, affordable, and equitable electricity system. Prior to joining the Pembina Institute, Grace worked in the solar energy industry in the U.S. and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for two years in Sichuan, China. She currently serves on the board of Solar Alberta.
Grace holds an MA in international development with a concentration in environmental policy from the University of Denver and a bachelor's degree in speech, language, and hearing sciences from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. In her free time, she can be found exploring new hiking and camping spots with her husband, toddler, and dog, or attempting to recreate tasty recipes from her travels.

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Grace Brown's Recent Publications

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Modernizing Ontario's Conservation and Demand Management Framework Pembina Institute response and comments

Publication Sept. 22, 2023- By Grace Brown, Shruti Khanna, Lia Codrington
Ontario’s current Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) framework established successes by offering rebates for customers adopting energy-saving technologies. Since the inception of the initial framework, customer priorities have shifted, and a new suite of technologies and delivery methods have matured. These changes present opportunities to address today’s electricity challenges and modernize the next generation of CDM strategies.
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Favourable regulations and incentives – not a moratorium – are necessary for clean energy prosperity How Canada can get its share of a trillion-dollar global investment

Op-ed Aug. 10, 2023- By Grace Brown
The early signs are promising that Canada can — and will — lead the way to a net-zero grid, but only if all provinces embrace sensible rules and incentives to promote the growth of renewables, which are currently the cheapest form of electricity available.
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Transforming the Utility Business Model Options to improve services and opportunities for clean energy in remote communities

Publication April 8, 2022- By Emily He, Grace Brown, Dave Lovekin
Canada’s commitment to transitioning remote communities off diesel power is hampered by the way utilities operate in those areas. While the number of clean energy projects has increased, renewables are not being implemented at the speed and scale needed to meet climate commitments, while Indigenous energy proponents lack opportunities to implement projects. Our report presents alternative business models that can be adopted by utilities to support climate action and Indigenous-led clean energy.
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Supporting Workers and Communities in a Coal Phase-out Lessons learned from just transition efforts in Canada

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

Publication 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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