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Ontario calls for smart grid projects to receive funding

Steve Rogerson
October 20, 2015
Ontario is accepting a new round of project applications for its Smart Grid Fund to support the development of a modern, intelligent electricity system.
The Smart Grid Fund supports projects that test, develop and bring to market the next generation of energy grid products and services, helping consumers and businesses manage energy costs, improve conservation efforts, and integrate beneficial technologies such as electric vehicles and storage.
This round of funding will support advanced energy technology functions and project focus areas such as:

  • Consumer-focused initiatives that seek to optimise smart technologies and systems by involving customers as active energy sector participants.
  • Self-healing grids that can perform fault location, isolation and service restoration using automated technologies and communications systems.
  • Enhanced fault prevention that can precisely detect faults while protecting equipment and enabling faster response.
  • Automated voltage control to track, operate and optimise voltage levels on feeders automatically.
  • Dynamic capacity rating that accurately monitors line conditions in real time.
  • Microgrids in either urban or remote settings.
  • Distributed energy resources monitoring and control, enabling more effective and efficient integration of these types of assets onto distribution systems.
  • Advanced metering infrastructure that improves accuracy and security of meter reading and enhances the utility's ability to manage its system.
Building a smarter grid and supporting innovation is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives and building a secure retirement savings plan.
Applications will be accepted until 9am on November 30, 2015.
The Smart Grid Fund, launched in 2011, is a $50m programme that supports high-value opportunities to advance energy innovation in Ontario. Supported by investments such as Ontario’s 4.7 million smart meters, the smart grid connects the electricity system with new technologies and sources of information to help reduce service disruptions, increase conservation capacity, reduce energy waste and increase grid security. Smart grid technologies also provide consumers with conservation tools that allow for more efficient electricity use and help manage costs.
“The 28 projects supported by the Smart Grid Fund have created almost 900 jobs and collaborations between private industry, local distribution companies and universities,” said Bob Chiarelli, Ontario’s minister of energy. “These cutting edge projects will have long-term positive impacts on the energy sector’s contribution to developing innovative, consumer focused technologies, fostering economic development and promoting job creation.”