Ajax, Canada — (METERING.COM) — December 1, 2008 – Ontario utility Veridian Connections Inc. has announced plans to deploy new smart grid technology that will create the largest self healing electricity distribution network in Ontario.
The system will be installed in south Ajax, providing benefits to more than 6,000 homes, schools and businesses located in the area. Approximately $1,800,000 will be invested in the project.
The "IntelliTEAM(R)" intelligent switch and control system to be deployed by Veridian is being designed and built by the S&C Electric Company. It features cutting edge technology designed to identify problems with local power distribution equipment, and then to quickly re-route and restore electric service to affected customers. The new system is expected to significantly reduce both the number and length of power outages that might otherwise occur in the area. It will also result in cost savings by allowing Veridian to operate its wires and transformers more efficiently, thereby postponing investments in new lines and transformers.
Ultimately it is expected that the smart meters, which are also being deployed by Veridian, will form an integral part of the smart grid initiative.
According to Axel Starck, Veridian’s chief operating officer, the company’s planned installation of this smart grid equipment will be the third of its kind in Canada, and the largest in Ontario. "We’re very excited about introducing this new technology to our distribution network in Ajax", he said. "We are confident that this initial installation will be successful in terms of improved power restoration times and overall system reliability, and we look forward to expanding the use of this technology to other communities in the coming years."
Veridian’s smart grid installation in Ajax will enhance the electricity distribution grid in the area south of Clements Road West and west of Harwood Avenue South. Installation work will commence in late 2008 and is scheduled to be fully complete by the summer of 2009.
Veridian Connections Inc. delivers electricity to more than 110,000 customers in the Cities of Pickering and Belleville, the Towns of Ajax, Port Hope and Gravenhurst, and the communities of Uxbridge, Bowmanville, Newcastle, Orono, Port Perry, Beaverton, Sunderland and Cannington. Veridian Connections Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Veridian Corporation, which is jointly owned by The City of Pickering, the Town of Ajax, the Municipality of Clarington and the City of Belleville.