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Canada Invests in Smart Grid Technology in Alberta

Saturday, March 20, 2021 4:33:00 PM

The Government of Canada is building a low-emissions energy future to increase our competitiveness, create jobs and support the natural resource sectors. This is more important than ever as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Honourable Jim Carr, Special Representative for the Prairies, on behalf of Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Seamus O'Regan Jr., today 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."
- Seamus O'Regan Jr., Canada's Minister of Natural Resources

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.

As outlined in Canada's strengthened climate plan, A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy, Canada is advancing smart renewable energy and grid modernization projects that will enable the clean grid of the future.

SOURCE: Natural Resources Canada