Smart grid projects approved for the North!

Funding for a pair of smart grid projects has been approved for Northern Ontario.

eCamion will build one of three demonstration 250 kWh smart energy storage systems in Sudbury to promote peak management, grid reliability and increased renewable energy penetration. The other two systems are to be built in Toronto and Ottawa.

In addition, the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre will develop a financial analytics solution that will analyze smart grid investment options for utilities, model existing infrastructure, and conduct predictive maintenance analysis.

Launched in 2011, the Smart Grid Fund is a $50-million program that supports high-value opportunities to advance energy innovation in Ontario. The provincial government said it has helped support 11 projects to date, creating more than 600 direct and indirect jobs.

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Michael Tingle