The adoption of smart grid in the electrical utility sector will force utilities to change internal operations and improve their customer communications, according to two utilities rolling out smart grid.
Local distribution companies are finding it difficult to innovate in the smart grid arena because regulators like the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) have been unable to establish a framework that encourages investment in these emerging technologies, a smart grid conference in Toronto heard last week.
The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) has released the country’s roadmap for smart grid standardization. The report was unveiled at a conference in Toronto last week.
A major part of GE’s work in the smart grid arena is being done in Markham ON, just outside of Toronto, at its recently inaugurated its Grid IQ Global Innovation Centre. Work at the Grid IQ Centre will focus on the development, testing, simulation and manufacturing of intelligent electronic devices, or relays, that go into the electrical grid. Generally, they are used to automate, control and protect the grid.
One of the country’s most advanced computing facilities has opened in Barrie ON. The IBM Canada Leadership Data Centre is equipped with the latest advancements in energy efficiency, security and disaster recovery.