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National Instruments has partnered with Prolucid LocalGrid Technologies Inc. to build an energy management system for Canada-based utility Toronto Hydro.

The project, which is being funded by nearly $2.5 million in grants from Canada's ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative and Ontario's Smart Grid Fund, will involve the use of technology to manage renewable energy that is being integrated onto the power grid. In addition to allowing for increased generation capacity, the integrated platform can improve reliability and efficiency across the electric power system.

"The electrical grid will be radically transformed over the next 10 years, moving from a centralized model of power generation and distribution to a less capital-intensive local or microgrid model," says Bob Leigh, president and CEO of LocalGrid.

"This is driven in part by the introduction of distributed renewable sources of generation. Our technology allows renewables that are currently blocked to come online without costly infrastructure investment," continues Leigh.

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