Scott MacDougallProgram Director, Electricity

Portrait of Scott MacDougall

Scott MacDougall is the director of the Pembina Institute's electricity program, based out of Ottawa. He previously worked at the Institute as a senior advistor, focused on carbon pricing, oil and gas, and carbon capture utilization and storage. Prior to joining the Pembina Institute, Scott worked in climate policy and regulation Alberta Environment and Parks, electricity and oilsands extraction projects at Suncor Energy, and sustainability and clean energy consulting in Northern Alberta. Through this work he gained a thorough understanding of the technical, government, and business challenges associated with emissions reduction policies and projects.

He holds bachelor's degrees in metallurgical engineering from Dalhousie University, and chemistry from Mount Allison University. He has been a key member of numerous award-winning teams that earned a number of President’s Operational Excellence Awards at Suncor, the silver award for innovative management from the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, and the Jacobs Engineering Master Builder Award.

Contact Scott MacDougall

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Scott MacDougall's Recent Publications

Cover of Survival of the Cleanest: Assessing the cost and carbon competitiveness of Canada’s oil

Survival of the Cleanest Assessing the cost and carbon competitiveness of Canada’s oil

Publication Nov. 27, 2023- By Janetta McKenzie, Scott MacDougall, Eyab Al-Aini
The Pembina Institute looked at 36 major producing oilfields in Canada, representing about 62% of all Canadian production, 92% of Alberta’s production, and all offshore production. Most Canadian projects are well above global averages on both price and carbon.
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Is Alberta's renewable energy industry being treated fairly? How to assess the outcome of the Alberta Utilities Commission inquiry into the ongoing economic, orderly and efficient development of electricity generation

Publication Feb. 15, 2024- By Jason Wang, Courtney Smith, Scott MacDougall
When Alberta’s renewable energy moratorium ends (February 29, 2024), the Pembina Institute will be evaluating if the Government of Alberta made reasonable changes, within the context of the lack of accountability awarded other sectors needing substantial reform, through seven criteria.
Exhaust plumes from heating systems on a cold day in Alberta

How Alberta can avoid another grid alert We know how to make our grid cleaner, more affordable, and more reliable — so it's time to act

Op-ed Jan. 29, 2024- By Jason Wang, Scott MacDougall
The January 2024 electricity grid alert highlighted the need for a range of improvements in Alberta. The government knows many of the solutions - but they need to start acting on them rather than muddling public understanding and politicizing the issue. Alberta needs to work with other provinces and the federal government to create a grid that is reliable, affordable, and clean.
Cover of Grid-Locked with Enmax Energy Centre plant

Grid-Locked Risks of unabated gas-fired electricity for a clean grid in Alberta

Publication Nov. 23, 2023- By Karambir Singh, Will Noel, Scott MacDougall
Despite already having enough gas on the grid to meet current and future energy demand in Alberta, unabated gas is increasing. This puts the province at risk of locking in costly emissions for decades. Report examines the trends in Alberta's gas-fired electricity sector and explores the implications for ratepayers and a future net-zero grid.

Green Budget Coalition Recommendations for Budget 2024

Publication Nov. 17, 2023- By Jessica McIlroy, Jason Wang, Kendall Anderson, Scott MacDougall, Jan Gorski, Adam Thorn, Green Budget Coalition
The Green Budget Coalition appreciated the major federal funding announcements for climate and nature in Budget 2023 and at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity COP15 in Montreal, and urges the 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.


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