Brendan Haley has been awarded a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship for his project studying hydroelectric power and other renewable energy sources.
The fellowship was awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Recipients receive $70,000 a year for two years.
Haley’s fellowship will be based at Dalhousie University’s School for Resource and Environmental Studies.
According to a press release from the university, the Banting program provides funding to the best postdoctoral applicants who positively contribute to Canada’s economic, social and research-based growth.
Haley’s research project, “Maximizing Canada’s hydroelectric advantage to promote low-carbon systems of innovation: lessons from the renewable energy sector,” will examine if the current public policies in Nova Scotia promote complementary linkages between hydroelectric imports and other renewable energy technologies.
According to Dalhousie University, hydroelectric transmission line being built between Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and the 824-MW Muskrat Falls hydro development in Labrador aims to enable future hydroelectric exports to the Maritime provinces and the U.S., lower the reliance on fossil fuels and create a backup for other renewable energy sources. “The Nova Scotia energy transition story needs more attention,” Haley says. “I hope my research informs Nova Scotia energy policy and provides early warnings or policy best practices for other provinces considering importing hydroelectricity to transition to a low-carbon economy.”