September is Energy Month at Abacus Insider

As students head back to school and the final long weekend of the summer approaches, I’m excited to announce that during September, the team at Abacus Insider will be paying special attention to all things related to energy – including electricity generation, oil and gas, and renewable energy.

Much of our insights will from a national survey we are currently in the field with looking at public opinion and perceptions about energy policy – specifically electricity generation.  The research results will be released at the Ontario Energy Association’s 2013 Conference held in Toronto from September 11 to 12.  Look for the results of the survey on Abacus Insider throughout September.

Our team at Abacus Data has expertise on a range of energy related topics including public opinion and policy development, communications research, and customer satisfaction.   We have worked with some of Canada’s leading companies and associations in the energy field.

This month, along with the results of our survey, expect insight and analysis on:

  • How small and medium sized business can maximize energy efficiency and cope with fluctuating or increasing energy prices.
  • The MaRS Data Catalyst event on September 7.  Jaime will be on the scene of a Toronto-wide Hackathon challenging local developers to create a mobile app that will connect home owners with real-time electricity consumption data.  She will write about how data is shaking up the energy industry.

Canada: An Energy Superpower?

How do energy companies and provincial and local governments deal with NIMBYism?

How do energy companies and provincial and local governments deal with NIMBYism?

The statistics suggest Canada is an energy superpower.

According to the Natural Resources Canada, Canada:

  • Has the world’s 3rd largest oil reserves and is the 6th largest producer.
  • Is the world’s 3rd largest producer of natural gas and hydro power.
  • Is the world’s 2nd largest producer of uranium.
  • Produces 75% of its electricity from non-emitting sources.

As a global leader in energy production, its no surprise that the energy sector is a major part of Canada’s economy.  In 2011, the energy sector contributed 10% of Canada’s GDP and employed 294,000 Canadians or 2% of the population in direct employment.

But the energy sector has faced many hurdles including public opinion.

Will Canadians embrace the West-East pipeline proposal?

Will Canadians embrace the West-East pipeline proposal?

We will pay special attention to public perceptions about energy this month and offer advice on how to conduct valuable research and use research to inform public engagement strategies and energy developments to achieve outcomes.

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