Smart grid projects supported in Canada


Four smart grid projects have been selected for support from Canada’s Clean Energy Fund, introduced under the government’s Economic Action Plan to create jobs, improve the environment and stimulate the economy.

An energy management business intelligence platform development and demonstration led by Power Measurement Ltd will receive funding between $2.5-5 million to develop and demonstrate smart grid technology, voluntary load curtailment and peak shaving in commercial buildings in Calgary, Alberta, and Ontario.

An energy storage and demand response initiative for near capacity substations led by BC Hydro will receive funding between $5-10 million. The project, which will be located at Golden and Field in British Columbia, is aimed at demonstrating the integration of energy storage as a mechanism for reducing electricity demand at near peak capacity substations.

Funding in the range $5-10 million will also be awarded to an interactive smart zone demonstration in Boucherville, Québec, led by Hydro-Québec’s Institut de Recherche, which will demonstrate different technologies and concepts related to modernization of electrical networks, in particular the deployment of infrastructure for charging electric and hybrid rechargeable vehicles.

The fourth project, an electricity load control demonstration led by New Brunswick Power Corporation, will receive funding between $10-20 million. To be located in four maritime communities in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, the project will focus on the integration between smart grid technologies, customer loads and intermittent renewables.