Painting a Picture of the Alberta Energy System: Using Visual Tools for Scenario Planning and Prototyping Innovations with Stakeholders

The Energy Futures Lab (EFL)9 is a multi-year, multi-stakeholder dialogue and public engagement process designed to answer the question “How can Alberta’s leadership position in today’s energy system serve as a platform for the transition to the energy system that the future requires of us?” The aim of this research project is to investigate the use of visual tools such as landscape visualizations and interactive simulations to help participants understand the current energy system in Alberta and explore potential system interventions. The research will use existing published material, including modelling of the systems to be included in this study, to construct visual tools describing some of the key behaviours of those systems, and to engage participants in the construction of exploratory and normative scenarios that illustrate the consequences of different course of action.

Faculty Supervisor:

John Robinson


Stephen Williams


Natural Step Canada


Environmental sciences


Environmental industry




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