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    Shifting perceptions on net zero: Growing awareness, polarized views
    (IESVic Energy Brief, 2024) Dordi, Truzaar; Rhodes, Ekaterina; Majerbi, Basma; McPherson, Madeleine
    Key messages: - News media coverage on net zero and across key stakeholders is increasingly polarized. - Policy design should consider the interests of different stakeholders. - Tailored communications strategies can help build consensus. - Researchers and policymakers should engage with media outlets to promote balanced narratives.
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    Big government, big trouble? The role of government size in climate policy support
    (IESVic Energy Brief, 2024) Andrew, Kevin; Rhodes, Ekaterina
    Key messages: - Size of government is studied as a new country-level contextual factor determining citizen support for climate policy. - Larger size-of-government is associated with lower climate policy support. - GDP-per-capita and emissions are positively associated with policy support. - High-tax countries have an aversion to environmental tax increases.
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    Residential demand response program modelling to compliment grid composition and changes in energy efficiency
    (IESVic Energy Brief, 2024) Seatle, Madeleine; McPherson, Madeleine
    Key messages: - Grid composition plays a significant role in residential DR program effectiveness. - Amount of VRE resources on grid impacts how DR potential is utilized. - DR program effectiveness may increase with improved building stock efficiency.
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    Barriers and enablers to the adoption of buildings and energy efficiency initiatives in Greater Victoria
    (IESVic Energy Briefs, 2024) Masemann, Charlotte; Krawchenko, Tamara; Rhodes, Ekaterina
    Key messages: - Focus group participants identify funding from provincial and federal governments as adequate and as enabling alongside staffing interactions. - Staffing resources, the legislative, regulatory and political environment alongside governance and information and data management were identified as both barriers and enables. - Political will and information exchange enable existing climate action, but municipalities lack of autonomy over the most effective policy instruments.
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    Cost and capacity requirements of electrification or renewable gas transition options that decarbonize building heating in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia
    (Energy Strategy Reviews, 2022) Palmer-Wilson, Kevin; Bryant, Tyler; Wild, Peter; Rowe, Andrew
    Northern countries face a unique challenge in decarbonizing heating demands. This study compares two pathways to reduce carbon emissions from building heating by (1) replacing natural gas heaters with electric heat pumps or (2) replacing natural gas with renewable gas. Optimal annual system cost and capacity requirements for Metro Vancouver, Canada are assessed for each pathway, under nine scenarios. Results show that either pathway can be lower cost but the range of costs is more narrow for the renewable gas pathway. System cost is sensitive to heat demand, with colder temperatures favouring the renewable gas pathway and milder temperatures favouring the electrification pathway. These results highlight the need for a better understanding of heating profiles and associated energy system requirements.