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Posted on June 11th, 2014 – By Bastiaan Straatman and David B. Layzell

We are often asked where we get the numbers to generate the ‘Sankey’ diagrams in CESARnet that represent the Canadian energy systems. Some assume that these Sankey diagrams are calculated by summing the flows of oil, natural gas or electrons moving through pipes or wires. This is not correct...


Posted on May 14th, 2014 – By Ralph Torrie and David B. Layzell

With all the attention paid to the growth of oil and gas production for export, it is easy to lose sight of the other side of Canada’s energy story in recent years: the dramatic increase in the productivity of fuel and electricity use in the domestic economy.


Posted on May 5th, 2014 – By David B. Layzell, PhD, FRSC, Director, CESAR Initiative & Professor, Univ. Calgary

We all know that Canadian provinces differ greatly in their capacity to produce energy. Less well known is how Canadians from across the nation differ in their demand for energy services.


Posted on May 1st, 2014 – By Ralph Torrie, Senior Associate, CESAR Initiative, and President, Torrie Smith Associates

Visualizing Canada’s energy systems helps us to understand the challenges we face and then identify alternative pathways to a more sustainable energy future. Within CESAR, we have created some exciting new visualization tools, powered by the Canadian Energy Systems Simulator (CanESS), with its unique capacity for looking both forward and backward in time.


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