Canada invests in smart grid technology in Alberta
by CM Staff
Funding for this project was provided by Natural Resources Canada's Smart Grid Program
CALGARY — The Government of Canada announced a combined investment of over $900,000 for two smart grid projects in Alberta that will enhance the energy grid and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“Funding innovative ideas to further lower emissions, increase competitiveness and modernize our energy grids in Canada is how we get to net zero by 2050,” said Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, in a prepared statement.
The first investment of $495,000 is for FortisAlberta Inc. to support the Waterton Energy Storage Project by showcasing how using a battery energy storage system and advanced distribution control systems can provide reliable access to the grid with economic and social benefits for the community.
The second investment of $413,250 is for Lethbridge Electric Utility to enhance its distribution network by using Conservation Voltage Reduction software technology in its metering system to conserve energy and reduce demand on the energy grid, providing financial benefits to over 40,000 customers who rely on the network.
Funding for this project was provided by Natural Resources Canada’s Smart Grid Program, which allows utilities to reduce pollution and optimize electricity use while encouraging innovation. It is part of Canada’s more than $180-billion Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program for public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes and Canada’s rural and northern communities.