Mapping the political economy of regional electricity integration in northeastern Canada and the United States


The project aims to more clearly map the integration policy of the northeast’s electrical power sector by undertaking a comparative research project focused on the political economy of the energy transitions in Québec, New York, New England and the Maritimes. The recent success of the Champlain Hudson Power Express and ongoing challenges facing the New England Clean Energy Connect signal the need for a better understanding of the issues. Indeed, the ambition to position Québec at the centre of a regional circular economy as the battery of the northeast could intensify regional tensions given the unequal gains expected from trade between jurisdictions.

A number of research projects have explored the integration of the northeastern power sector, though most have focused on economic issues without considering broader political factors in much depth. In the spirit of comparative politics, the research will contrast policies in these respective jurisdictions in terms of a wide range of salient factors such as ideas, interests and institutions.


  • Canada–US relations
  • Climate policy
  • Comparative methods
  • Decarbonization
  • Energy policy
  • Transnational cooperation

Affiliated research axes

Axis 1: Change and Transition Management

Axis 4: Policy levers


Jonathan Rubin

University of Maine

Fabrice Mukkendi Mutombo


Amount granted

The RRECQ is supported by the Fonds de recherche du Québec.
Fonds de recherche - Québec