City of Windsor to connect water systems to Ontario’s smart grid


John Stuart, COO,
Windsor Utilities
Windsor, ON, Canada — (METERING.COM) — August 17, 2010

The City of Windsor is expected to be one of the first municipalities in Ontario to connect its water and waste water facilities to the province’s smart grid services.

In a pilot project being managed by energy solution provider Sempa Power, the City of Windsor will connect its municipal water resources to Sempa’s ancillary services network (ASN), which will enable Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to introduce greater flexibility and efficiency across the province’s grid. The City of Windsor will benefit financially by utilizing the inherent capacity available in those resources to provide the IESO with ancillary services.

In line with the initiative to introduce a smart grid in Ontario, the IESO has embarked on a pilot program to identify alternative technologies to enhance system reliability. Sempa Power was selected by the IESO to work with Ontario’s industrial loads and qualify new options for demand side management. Water utilities represent one of the biggest loads in the province and Sempa has a keen focus on bringing municipal and regional partners to the program.

“It’s exciting to see locally developed smart grid technology being used to deliver greater energy efficiency in our region,” commented John Stuart, chief operating officer of The Windsor Utilities Commission. “As the Windsor Utilities Commission continues to explore the modernization of our energy infrastructure, we recognize that this kind of innovation is essential in Ontario and in energy markets around the world.”

The goal of the pilot program is to qualify and enable new candidates to participate in, and financially benefit from the IESO’s Electricity System Regulation Market. Successful candidates, or “resource partners”, incur no cost to participate and will be financially rewarded for participation.

Ideal resource partners have large electric equipment that operates with a consistent workload and a degree of process flexibility or functional range. Examples include pumps, blowers, chillers, cold storage, boilers, battery stations and generators.

Sempa Power is continuing to qualify large municipal and industrial loads for the program.