North American universities receive support for smart grid activities


Jatin Nathwani,
Executive Director,
Waterloo, ON, Canada and New York, NY, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — September 19, 2011 – The University of Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Union Gas and the Rutgers University Center for Advanced Energy Systems has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for smart grid activities.

WISE’s project focuses on the idea of using advanced information technology to create a fully integrated smart grid, including natural gas and renewables and, in the future, new fuels such as hydrogen. The project is building on work already underway in Ontario to develop a smart grid for the province’s electricity system. The award is one of ten $10,000 signature grants being awarded by Union Gas across Ontario as the company marks its 100th anniversary.

"In the electricity sector, the smart grid has emerged as one way to address consumption trends, climate change, global energy security challenges, and economic growth," said Jatin Nathwani, executive director of WISE. "This grant will help WISE apply core smart grid concepts to the entire energy system to help make it more integrated and responsive."

Rutgers’ Advanced Energy Systems Center will use the EPA grant to implement a smart electrical metering system on their Busch and Livingston campuses in Piscataway, New Jersey. The system will allow Rutgers to identify ways to achieve energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption, while reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and energy costs. Rutgers will also demonstrate the results of the smart metering system to other universities in the state system and neighboring universities.

The EPA is also providing Rutgers University with a $150,000 grant to recruit high school students as “Water Champions” to lead water conservation changes throughout their communities. These students will educate their communities about water conservation, recruit local retailers to participate in selling water efficient devices, gather data and calculate water saved from installations of water efficient devices, share project results and encourage participation from other organizations.