Kathleen Mifflin works to make the Atlantic Canada Energy System Model sound and accessible
As the project manager for OERA’s open-source Atlantic Canada Energy System (ACES) model, Kathleen is a driving force behind the model’s creation and rollout. We asked her to share details of the experience and education she brings to the project, what her day-to-day work entails and why she believes the ACES model project is important to our region’s future.
Why did you want to become involved with the ACES model project?
Wind, solar and tidal-generated electricity have different — but potentially complimentary — cyclic times, which creates some interesting possibilities. This project looks at how best to meet Nova Scotia’s electricity load requirements through a combination of energy storage, intermittent renewable energy output, thermal and hydro generation.
Why did you apply for an internship at OERA?
I applied for an internship at OERA because of my educational background in a Master of Public Administration program and experience in a government policy setting, specifically that of Nova Scotia’s Department of Environment. Being able to work in the field of energy and renewables was a huge draw for me as I wanted to learn more about Nova Scotia’s efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change.