North American utility firms partner on DER pilots


In a press statement, Opus One Solutions said it will test how its technology ‘GridOS’ can be used to help utilities increase their integration of distributed energy resources with grid networks.

The technology company will deploy its solution within grid networks operated by three utilities in the US and Canada.

With power utility Toronto Hydro, Opus One Solutions will demonstrate how its solution can be used to improve management of distributed energy resources.

In Nova Scotia Power’s grid network, the solutions firm will test how technology can be used to integrate microgrids including wind and residential energy storage systems with the utility’s grid.

Lastly, Opus One Solutions will help Enera Maine manage as well as connect its solar and energy storage microgrid with grid system.

[quote] The $16.4 million projects aim to drive research and development of solutions to increase the adoption of distributed generation such as solar, wind and battery storage to stabilise grid networks.

The Sustainable Development Technology Canada (STDC) is investing $5.4 million towards implementation of the programme.

Opus One, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Smarter Grid Solutions, the Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) at Ryerson University, Nova Scotia Power, Emera Maine, and Toronto Hydro will provide the remaining $11 million required for full rollout of the project.

The project falls under STDC’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions through adoption of low-carbon power generation technologies.

Leah Lawrence, CEO of STDC, commented: “This project will create green jobs for the local economy, increase efficiency in the sector, and provide economic and environmental benefits for all Canadians.”

Funding distributed energy resources

The news follows mid-September’s announcement by investment firm Energy Impact Partners (EIP) that it agreed to extend its support in helping global utilities improve customer satisfaction through smart grid solutions.

EIP said it will assist utilities to ensure grid reliability through increased adoption of distributed generation sources including energy storage, renewable generation and microgrids.

The investment firm announced that it will achieve its goal by increasing its investments in research, development and commercialisation of distributed generation technologies including in smart grid solution developed by Opus One Solutions.

The Canadian smart grid solutions provider Opus One Solutions said it is planning to use the EIP funding to expand its footprint in the global smart grid landscape. [PG&E embarks on distributed energy demonstration].

The solutions firm will increase deployment and adoption of its technology ‘GridOS’ solution.


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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.