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  • H2O Innovation subsidiary lands new deals in US +

    H2O Innovation Inc.’s operation and maintenance (O&M) services subsidiary Utility Partners LLC (UP) has renewed two contracts and extended the Read More
  • EDC offers new green bond +

    Export Development Canada’s (EDC) latest green bond has been priced. Set at $500 million with a 1.8 fixed rate, the Read More
  • Capital Power moving ahead with New Frontier Wind +

    After Capital Power Corp. inked an agreement to sell 87% of the electricity generated from the yet to be constructed Read More
  • General Fusion takes new step towards reactor design +

    Vancouver’s General Fusion has hired two industry veterans to help lead the company through the development of a proof-of-concept fusion Read More
  • Federal, Ontario governments take big step in reducing diesel reliance in FN communities +

    The $60 million in federal funding to connect the Pikangikum First Nation to Ontario’s electricity grid is a major step Read More
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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.