The pilot will help Nova Scotia Power develop a framework which will be used to deploy advanced metering infrastructure at mass scale. To date, the energy provider is awaiting an approval from the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board to proceed with the pilot. The installation of smart meters will start on a pilot basis in late 2018.
The results of the pilot will determine whether Nova Scotia Power will start deploying the smart meters to its 500,000 customers as from the beginning of 2019, reported CBC News. All of the meters should be installed by the end of 2020.
The smart meters will be installed at no cost to consumers. Nova Scotia Power will be responsible for the $250 required to equip each customer with the new digital meter.
Apart from ensuring consumers are accurately billed, the smart electric meters will enable the introduction of new energy tariff models such as Time of Use (ToU) whereby consumers will be charded less during off-peak periods and more during times when the grid is under stress.
The two-way communicating meters will help the utility to quickly identify failures and meter tampering incidents on its energy distribution network. Such functionalities will help reduce non-revenue expenses as well as improve customer services through a reduction in the occurences and duration of power outages.
Nova Scotia Power says the advanced metering system will result in up to $38 million in operational savings once the smart meters programme is completed in 2020.
Smart grid development
Utilities in Canada realised the benefits of smart grid technologies and distributed energy resources in optimising grid networks especially during peak periods. During the first quarter of 2017, Lakefront Utilities filed a proposal with the Ontario Energy Board to upgrade its energy distribution system in Colborne over the next five years.
In a press statement, the energy distributor said it plans to spend up to CAD$4 million ($2.9 million) in modernising its energy distribution infrastructure under efforts to reduce operational and grid maintenance costs. Read more…
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