Ontario water agency to evolve smart grid technology


Toronto, ON, Canada — (METERING.COM) — April 14, 2010 – The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) and smart energy solution provider Sempa Power are collaborating to connect Canadian smart grid technology to water and waste water systems.

The first collaboration will come in the form of a pilot project designed to demonstrate the capacity for water systems to provide demand based ancillary services, such as system regulation, to Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).

“The Province of Ontario is very active in driving positive change in clean energy and water services. As a crown agency, OCWA immediately recognized the potential of working with Sempa on the IESO System Regulation project,” said OCWA president and CEO, Robin Kind. “We are confident that success in the demonstration project will bring economic and environmental benefits to the people of Ontario.”

In the coming weeks Sempa and OCWA will look to incorporate regional water stakeholders as resource participants in the recently announced IESO System Regulation demonstration project. Sempa’s smart grid team will assess each candidate’s facility to determine the opportunity for participation in this innovative project.

“By opening market to demand side innovation, Ontario’s IESO has turned the page for the next generation of smart grid services,” said Ron Dizy, Sempa Power president and CEO. “Sempa is pleased to work with OCWA to exhibit how Ontario’s water and waste water resources can become a valuable tool in provincial energy management and the adoption of sustainable energy.”

The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) provides safe, reliable and cost effective clean water services to municipalities, first nations communities, institutions and businesses.