Michael Wolinetz, Partner

With his background in physical sciences, energy modelling and economics, Michael is a natural fit with Navius Research. He is instinctively critical and academic in his work, applying quantitative methods to better understand the interaction between policy, economics, technology and the environment. His areas of expertise include:

  • Forecasting the energy and emissions impact of policies, energy markets and technological change in all sectors of the economy including transportation, buildings, industry and energy supply
  • Modelling the energy-economy system at local provincial, national and international scale
  • Analyzing the hourly and long-term interaction of emerging energy demand technologies and intermittent renewable electricity generation
  • Quantifying the adoption of alternative-fuel vehicles as a consequence of human behavior, policies and market barriers

Michael is also an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University where he supervises graduate students and participates in research. When he isn’t bothering his family and friends with “important” back-of-the-envelope calculations and spreadsheet models, he likes to be out in the Coast Mountains with those same people. He holds a Masters of Resource Management from Simon Fraser University and a bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Queen’s University.

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Recent Work

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Research Brief: Refining Margins in British Columbia

Michael Wolinetz

February 2015

This report is Navius Research’s second installment in a series of analyses exploring British Columbia’s (BC) Renewable and Low Carbon Fuel Regulation Requirement (RLCFRR). In this Brief, we explain how analysing the net-revenue for petroleum refining (i.e. the refinery margin) in BC provides insights into the economic impact of the RLCFRR.

Our Team

Jotham Peters
Jotham PetersSenior Partner
Managing partner and primary model developer at Navius, with experience advising governments and organizations about energy and climate policy since 2006.
Michael Wolinetz
Michael WolinetzPartner
Lead techno-economic modeller for Navius Research since 2008, responsible for designing and executing energy and climate policy forecasting analyses using several quantitative models.
Noel Melton
Noel MeltonPartner
Consultant and published researcher providing insights to governments and other clients about the impact of energy and climate policies since 2008.