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Natural Resources Canada
2010/48
July 6, 2010

Government of Canada Invests in Clean Energy Technology in British Columbia


Burnaby, B.C. — Innovative action in British Columbia is leading to new clean energy technologies. The Honourable Stockwell Day, President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, announced today that Power Measurement Ltd. will receive up to $3 million through the Government of Canada’s Clean Energy Fund, to demonstrate a smart grid electricity system.

The energy management business intelligence platform will determine the ability of a smart grid electricity system to optimize energy resources, including renewables, in an institutional building complex at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). The project will also determine the ability of commercial customers, at sites in Calgary and Toronto, to use electricity according to different prices during peak demand periods. It is anticipated that this smart grid technology could allow buildings to reduce their electricity consumption by 10–25 percent.

Minister Day was joined at BCIT by Geoff Hyatt, Director of Operations with Schneider Electric (parent company of Power Measurement Ltd.), to announce a total investment of $9.21 million for this project. Power Measurement Ltd. is providing $4.38 million and is joined by contributing partners Brookfield Properties, BC Hydro, ENMAX and BCIT.

“Our government is continuing to invest in projects that reflect our balanced approach to reducing emissions—projects that will help create high-quality jobs for Canadians now,” said Minister Day. “Support to projects like this one in BC also encourages energy innovation and sustainable prosperity in the future.”

“We are making great strides in creating new solutions through the development of cutting-edge software coupled with digital meters and technology for the advancement of the Smart Grid,” said Mr. Hyatt. “Our mission is to help people make the most of their energy while using less, and we are enthusiastic about being leaders in this critical area.”

“BCIT recognizes the already significant investment Schneider Electric has made in provisioning our campus with smart meters,” said Don Wright, President of BCIT. “We are proud to be a partner in this important initiative, and we look forward to this next step in our collaborative research.”

As part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the Clean Energy Fund is investing $795 million in clean energy technology development and demonstration over five years. The Government of Canada’s support will help launch close to 20 projects under the renewable and clean energy portion of the Clean Energy Fund, totalling up to $146 million. Three carbon capture and storage projects have also been announced, totalling $466 million from the fund.


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British Columbia will soon be benefiting from the latest in clean energy management technologies. Minister Stockwell Day announced today that Power Measurement Ltd. will receive up to $3 million through the Government of Canada’s Clean Energy Fund for a project to demonstrate the ability of a smart grid electricity system to optimize energy resources.

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