ECED 6190 - Energy Systems Analysis

Fall 2019

Weekly reviews

Last updated: 30 October 2019

Each week, all members of the class are expected to write a review, individually, on the week’s paper.

Two members of the class will volunteer to do a detailed review of the paper, using additional material as required (a minimum of three supporting papers), and lead a discussion to explain the paper in greater depth. The detailed review should be at least 4 pages in length; each member of the group is to submit their own review.

All other members of the class are to write a one or two page summary of the paper (references, other than to the paper, are optional). Summaries are to be written individually.

To ensure that you obtain the most recent version of the paper, papers should be accessed through the Dalhousie library website.

Reviews are due as paper copies (in class) on the day of the presentation.

The following papers will complement the material discussed in class; they can be accessed through the Dalhousie library website:

  • 18 September 2019.
    A review of A Stranded Nation by Heidi McKillop
    This week's review is of a documentary released this past summer on the problems associated with moving Canadian oil (bitumen, heavy, and synthetic) to markets other than those in the United States. Unlike other reviews, one member of class is to conduct the detailed review of the video.

  • 25 September 2019.
    Planning renewable energy in rural areas: Impacts on occupation and land use
    Francesca Poggi, Ana Firmino, Miguel Amado
    Energy, Volume 155, 15 July 2018, Pages 630-640

  • 2 October 2019.
    Preparing for the new oil order? Saudi Arabia and Russia
    Michael Bradshaw, Thijs Van de Graaf, Richard Connolly
    Energy Strategy Reviews 26 (2019)
    DOI: 10.1016/j.esr.2019.100374

  • 9 October 2019.
    Promises and limitations of nuclear fission energy in combating climate change
    Vladimir Knapp, Dubravko Pevec
    Energy Policy 120 (2018) 94–99
    DOI: j.enpol.2018.05.027

  • 16 October 2019.
    Transitioning from conventional to electric vehicles: The effect of cost and environmental drivers on peak oil demand
    Fereidoon Sioshansi, Jeremy Webb
    Economic Analysis and Policy 61 (2019) 7–15
    DOI: 10.1016/j.eap.2018.12.005

  • 23 October 2019.
    The 1000 GtC coal question: Are cases of vastly expanded future coal combustion still plausible?
    Justin Ritchie, Hadi Dowlatabadi
    Energy Economics 65 (2017) 16-31
    DOI: 10.1016/j.eneco.2017.04.015

  • 30 October 2019.
    Cost efficiency of district heating for low energy buildings of the future
    C.H. Hansen a, O. Gudmundsson, N. Detlefsen
    Energy 117 (2019) 77-86
    DOI: 10.1016/

  • 6 November 2019.
    Burden of proof: A comprehensive review of the feasibility of 100% renewable-electricity systems
    B.P. Heard, B.W. Brook, T.M.L. Wigley, C.J.A. Bradshawd
    Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
    Volume 76, September 2017, Pages 1122-1133
    DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2017.03.114