Marvin Quitoras is a senior analyst with the Renewables in Remote Communities program and will be working primarily in Natural Resources Canada's Indigenous Off-Diesel Initiative (IODI). His work involves modelling and analyzing energy systems to frame robust policies that will increase renewable energy uptake among remote communities in Canadian provinces and the territories.

Marvin has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems, University of Victoria. He was also a PhD fellow for Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network. His doctoral work focused on novel holistic approaches on how to link policy, clean energy innovations, and robust energy modelling techniques to help build more resilient and cost-effective energy systems for the Canadian Arctic and remote communities in general. In summer 2019, he conducted a PhD research fellowship to one of the leading and largest sustainable energy research centres in the UK, Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology. Through the Mitacs Accelerate program, he also worked with World Wildlife Fund – Canada in establishing the first Inuit energy cooperative in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut. Prior to his PhD, Marvin worked in a private corporate organization as a mechanical engineer developing hydro power and ocean wave energy projects for remote communities in the Southeast Asia region. Marvin has a master’s degree in energy engineering with a specialization in techno-economic modeling of ocean wave energy.

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Marvin Quitoras's Recent Publications

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Better government policies will unlock the cash remote Indigenous communities need for clean energy Innovative government funding policy and strategic private partnerships are essential to finance Indigenous-owned power generation

May 4, 2021 - By Marvin Quitoras

Indigenous communities that are transitioning from diesel energy face barriers in financing their clean energy infrastructure. But governments can create the policies and programs that will give Indigenous communities better access to the money they need, either by providing financing themselves or by fostering the conditions that promote private investment.

Solar energy system in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta

What’s a fair and equitable price for renewable energy in remote communities? The rate structure of power purchase agreements in remote communities needs radical transformation to advance renewable energy projects

March 10, 2021 - By Marvin Quitoras

A well-designed independent power producer policy with a fair and equitable power purchase agreement rate promotes the adoption of locally led renewable energy projects in remote communities. A fair and equitable energy price must capture the full costs of building and operating a diesel-based energy system within an accurate PPA rate structure for renewable-energy projects. As well, energy developers in remote communities must include community- and Indigenous-led electricity developers.

How to boost renewable energy integration in remote communities Energy policy needs to catch up as innovations allow for effective integration of renewables in microgrids

Jan. 21, 2021 - By Marvin Quitoras

The widespread adoption of renewable energy could displace the centralized system of generating and distributing energy to customers and provide opportunities to unlock a more decentralized (distributed) way of managing energy. But reducing reliance on diesel, and empowering communities to produce their own energy, depends upon the support of governments, utilities, communities and consumers for the shift from centralized microgrid systems to more distributed energy generation.

Rethinking energy policy in Canada’s remote communities Moving from the diesel of the past to a clean energy future

Nov. 18, 2020 - By Marvin Quitoras

Through policy work done under our Renewables in Remote Communities program and the Indigenous Off-diesel Initiative, we are advancing work in two overarching and eight specific policy areas to support energy projects being led by Indigenous champions involved in the IODI program.

Recommendations on QEC CIPP policy application Joint briefing note to the Government of Nunavut

Sept. 15, 2020 - By Dave Lovekin, Marvin Quitoras, WWF-Canada, Nunavut Nukkiksautiit Corporation

This briefing note was submitted by WWF-Canada, Nunavut Nukkiksautiit Corporation and the Pembina Institute in response to QEC's Commercial Institutional Power Production policy proposal (May 2020). While we appreciate QEC’s effort to develop this CIPP policy, the policy as laid out will do little to encourage the adoption of renewable energy systems in Nunavut and therefore contribute little to put Nunavut on a path of transition away from diesel.


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