Smart Grid Program
The Call for Proposals under the Smart Grid Component of the Green Infrastructure Phase II Program is now closed.
The Smart Grid Program is one of Natural Resource Canada’s targeted national programs addressing key infrastructure to advance the goals of the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. Up to $100 million is being invested for utility-led projects to reduce GHG emissions, better utilize existing electricity assets and foster innovation and clean jobs for:
- demonstration of smart grid technologies
- deployment of smart grid integrated systems
Why is Canada investing in Smart Grids?
Smart grids modernize the safe and secure delivery of electricity, provide foundations for new market structures and a higher quality of service for customers. They are a key enabler for GHG mitigation as they increase the hosting capacity of renewable generation, leverage more from the electricity infrastructure we have, and increase resiliency.
Benefits of smart grids
Better utilizing existing capacity of electricity assets
Increasing the penetration of renewable generation
Increasing the reliability, resiliency and flexibility of the power system
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
Smart Grid Program Timeline
The smart grid program funds $100M over four years. During the program, recipients report on the deployment and grid impacts of their projects up-to-5 years following project investment. NRCan uses this information for analysis of grid impacts and program lessons to inform future program and policy development.
Smart Grid Program Brochure
The Smart Grid Program Overview (PDF, 1.59 MB) lists projects funded by the Program.
Once implemented, the projects will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and have an impact in reducing the long-term economic impact to the customer.
For a general listing of all projects currently funded by NRCan you can visit the Current Investments webpage. Filter for Smart Grid Program projects by selecting Smart grid and energy storage technology area and the Green Infrastructure Program. The individual projects are listed below.
Map of projects funded by the Smart Grid Program
|Number||Recipient||Project Title||Project Type||System category|
|1||Yukon Energy||Residential Demand Response Program (RDRP)||Demonstration||DERMS|
|2||EPCOR||EPCOR Smart Grid System (ESGS)||Deployment||DERMS, Microgrid, Distributed energy storage|
|3||EQUS REA||Canada’s 1st Member-Owned Rural Smart Grid Project||Deployment||DERMS|
|4||ENMAX Power||Integrating Distributed Generation into Secondary Networks in Large Urban Centres||Demonstration||Grid monitoring and automation|
|5||SaskPower||SaskPower Distribution Modernization Program||Deployment||Grid monitoring and automation|
|6||SSM PUC||Sault Smart Grid||Deployment||Grid monitoring and automation|
|7||Bracebridge||Smart, Proactive, Enabled, Energy Distribution; Intelligent, Efficiently, Responsive (SPEEDIER) Project||Hybrid||DERMS|
|8||London Hydro||West 5 Smart Grid Project||Hybrid||DERMS|
|9||Alectra Utilities||Power.House Hybrid: Minimizing GHGs and Maximizing Grid Benefits||Demonstration||DERMS|
|11||Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)||York Region Non-Wires Alternatives Demonstration Project||Demonstration||New markets & rate options (NRO)|
|12||Lakefront Utilities||Digital Utility Platform||Deployment||Grid monitoring and automation|
|13||Hydro-Quebec||Smart Grid Deployment of Off-Grid Networks||Deployment||Microgrid off-grid, grid monitoring, automation and storage off-grid|
|15||Saint John Energy||Integrated Dispatchable Resource Network for Local Electric Distribution Utility||Hybrid||DERMS|
|16||NB Power & NS Power||Collaborative Grid Innovation for Atlantic Smart Energy Communities||Hybrid||DERMS|
|17||PEI Energy||Slemon Park Microgrid Project||Deployment||Microgrid, DERMS|
|Legend: DERMS– Distributed Energy Resource Management|
As part of the Invest in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $ 180 billion over 12 years in transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and tourism projects. Canada's rural and northern communities.
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