Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dalhousie University

ECED 6190 - Energy Systems Analysis

Fall 2018

Last updated: 7 November 2018


ECED 6190 is intended to introduce graduate students and senior-year undergraduates to some of the terminology, methods, tools, and techniques available to energy practitioners for understanding, assessing, and analyzing energy systems in a time of increasing concern over the energy-related impacts of Anthropogenic Global Warming.

Class times and location

Classes will be held in the McCain Building, room 2116 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4pm until 530pm.

Data sources

The following is a list of some of the data sources that can be used during the course:

Class reading material on energy security

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

  1. Larry Hughes, A generic framework for the description and analysis of energy security in an energy system, Energy Policy 42 (2012), pp. 221–231, DOI: 10.10.16/j.enpol.2011.11.079
  2. Larry Hughes and Ashish Ranjan, Event-related stresses in energy systems and their effects on energy security, Energy 59 (2013), pp. 413-421, DOI: 10.1016/
  3. Larry Hughes, The four 'R's of energy security, Energy Policy, June 2009.
  4. Ashish Ranjan and Larry Hughes, Energy security and the diversity of energy flows in an energy system, Energy, DOI: 10.1016/, 2014.
  5. Larry Hughes, The effects of event occurrence and duration on resilience and adaptation in energy systems Energy 84 (2015), pages 443-454, DOI: 10.1016/
  6. Larry Hughes, Moniek de Jong, and Xiao Qin Wang, A generic method for analyzing the risks to energy systems Applied Energy 180 (2016), pages 895–908, DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.07.133

Weekly reviews

Each week, all members of the class are expected to write a review on the week’s paper.
One member 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.
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).
Research papers should be accessed through the Dalhousie library website.
Reviews are due (in class) on the day of the presentation.

Week 1: 11 September 2018
A review of the BBC series Planet Oil: The Treasure that Conquered the World (three one-hour episodes). The principal reviewer is to review all three episodes; everyone else can review any of the three episodes (or more if desired).
The series is available on BBC Two, TVO, and other sites (search "planet oil"). If the third episode is not available on these sites, it can be found elsewhere.

Week 2: 18 September 2018
The tradeoff between water and carbon footprints of Barnett Shale gas
Syeda Mariy Absar, Anne-Marie Boulay, Maria F. Campa, Benjamin L. Preston, Adam Taylor
Journal of Cleaner Production
Volume 197, Part 1, 1 October 2018, Pages 47-56
doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.06.140

Week 3: 25 September 2018
Geopolitical dimensions of US oil security
Jim Krane and Kenneth B. Medlock III
Energy Policy Volume 114, March 2018, Pages 558-565

Week 4: 2 October 2018
Is Russia building too many pipelines? Explaining Russia's oil and gas export strategy
Adnan Vatansever
Energy Policy Volume 108, September 2017, Pages 1-11

Week 5a: 9 October 2018
Are renewable energy subsidies in Nepal reaching the poor?
Dipendra Bhattarai, E. Somanathan, and Mani Nepal
Energy for Sustainable Development
Volume 43, April 2018, Pages 114-122

Week 5b: 10 October 2018
Impacts of an ice-free Northeast Passage on LNG markets and geopolitics
Michael Schach, Reinhard Madlener
Energy Policy
Michael Schach, Reinhard Madlener
Volume 122, November 2018, Pages 438-448

Week 6: 16 October 2018
Demonstrating climate mitigation technologies: An early assessment of the NER 300 programme
Max Åhman, Jon Birger Skjærseth,Per Ove Eikeland
Energy Policy
Volume 117, June 2018, Pages 100-107

Week 7: 23 October 2018
Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene
Will Steffen, Johan Rockström, Katherine Richardson, Timothy M. Lenton, Carl Folke, Diana Liverman, Colin P. Summerhayes, Anthony D. Barnosky, Sarah E. Cornell, Michel Crucifix, Jonathan F. Donges, Ingo Fetzer, Steven J. Lade, Marten Scheffer, Ricarda Winkelmann, and Hans Joachim Schellnhuber
PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America
6 August 2018

Week 8: 30 October 2018
Demand modelling in district heating systems within the conceptual design of a waste-to-energy plant
Ondrej Putna, Frantisek Janostak, Radovan Somplak, Martin Pavlas
Volume 163 (2018), pages 1125-1139

Week 9: 6 November 2018
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. Bradshaw
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Volume 76, April 2017, Pages 1122–1133

Country project

For a copy of the term Country project, click here.

Course-related news items

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Click here for a copy of Assignment 1. Assignment 1 is due 16 October 2018.

Click here for a copy of Assignment 2. Assignment 2 is due 9 November 2018.

Click here for a copy of Assignment 3. Assignment 3 is due 7 December 2018.