Ontario Government Invests In Smart Grid Projects

Renew Grid, Monday June 11, 2012 - 12:25:02

Ontario's Ministry of Energy has announced new smart grid investments in several projects. The province's Smart Grid Fund supports the growth of Ontario's smart grid by investing in projects that will enhance the electricity system and provide economic development opportunities.

The fund provides targeted financial support to Ontario-based demonstration and capacity-building projects that test, develop and bring to market the next generation of smart grid solutions.

The government is currently finalizing agreements with a number of project proponents.

For example, Ecobee plans to use funds to install smart in-office displays in 300 small and medium-sized commercial buildings to demonstrate energy and operational savings that can be achieved using a Web-based energy-management system.

Energate plans to deploy hundreds of smart energy management in-home displays to demonstrate its integration with advanced metering infrastructure and to test its ability to help grid operators manage the system.

"This Smart Grid Fund program will allow Energate to accelerate development and commercialization of new home energy management innovations for consumers and utilities in Ontario and then for global markets," says Niraj Bhargava, CEO of Energate.

In addition, funds will enable the connection of 90 different commercial and industrial loads to the Enbala Power Network to test the capacity of the network to serve as a grid management tool.

Siemens plans to use funds to build a control center for three utilities to enable interaction, control, dispatching, monitoring, asset condition assessment and load modeling/control/balancing of their systems.

A complete list of fund recipients can be found here.

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