Canada issues $100m call for smart grid proposals
January 18, 2018
The Canadian government is putting up $100m to fund smart grid expansion to help fight climate change, create clean jobs and ensure safer power delivery.
Smart grids – electric grids that make better use of existing generation, transmission and distribution assets to provide a higher quality of service to customers – can result in more dynamic and flexible electricity systems and safer delivery of power.
Canada's minister of natural resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, announced this week a $100m call for proposals to fund more smart grid systems.
By increasing the hosting capacity of renewable energy, increasing resiliency and improving energy efficiency and conservation, smart grids can be a key enabler for greenhouse gas mitigation. These systems will build a foundation for innovative technologies and systems, supporting more customer-owned energy generation and service options and leading to new applications.
The funding was provided as part of the Budget 2017 commitment of $21.9bn for green infrastructure in support of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth & Climate Change.
To help interested stakeholders find information on federal programming that can help develop smart grids in Canada, a web site has been established, which includes a guide to funding for eligible projects.
Through Canada's national energy dialogue, Generation Energy, Canadians made it clear that building a clean economy requires accelerating the market entry of next-generation clean energy infrastructure.
By investing in smart grid technology demonstrations and the deployment of smart grid systems with Canada's electricity utilities and electricity system operators, the government says it is reducing barriers to innovation and positioning Canada as a global leader.
"The investments and initiatives resulting from the call for proposals will help build cleaner, safer, better-connected electricity systems and create well-paying jobs for middle-class Canadians, supporting Canada's transition to a low-carbon future," said Carr.