A special report from Scotia Economics finds that while there has been significant improvement in household energy efficiency, more needs to be done. The study, Energizing Household Energy Efficiency, concludes that rising energy prices should drive increased energy efficiency, in turn generating long-term cost savings for households.
Rogers Communications announced that its team in Quebec will enable the machine to machine (M2M) wireless connectivity across the province to Hydro-Quebec. Rogers will connect the utility’s central system with up to 600 Smart Meter collectors, which aggregate data relayed from the province’s 3.8-million Smart Meters. Rogers begins deployment on a trial basis of the M2M wireless connection of Hydro Quebec’s Smart Meter collectors this month.
ECALIBER, a division of ERTH Holdings, has become the first company to be accredited by Measurement Canada to perform compliance sampling of both single and three phase electronic Smart Meters. ECALIBER is accredited by Measurement Canada to verify all types of hydro meters and have processed over 800,000 meters since it was established.
Landis+Gyr has contracted with Hydro-Quebec to deploy its next generation digital smart meter network. The project enables Hydro-Quebec to improve grid reliability and will bring utility operational efficiencies. The deal is reported to be worth C$350.
Large-format battery system producer Dow Kokam will supply eCAMION with advanced lithium-ion technology for a utility project supported by Sustainable Development Technology of Canada.
The state-of-the-art Hydrogen Assisted Renewable Power (HARP) energy storage project in British Columbia is now operational and supplying power to the remote community of Bella Coola. The HARP system is expected to reduce Bella Coola’s annual diesel consumption by 200,000 litres, which will lower greenhouse gas emissions by 600 tons annually. The project, a partnership between BC Hydro, GE, and Powertech, is supported by British Columbia and Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).
New Brunswick Power’s electricity demonstration project, PowerShift Atlantic, will receive over $15 million through the Government of Canada’s Clean Energy Fund to help underwrite the $32 project. The smart grid initiative, which includes three Maritime Provinces, was announced by Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue.
British Columbia is embracing clean energy technologies. Stockwell Day, president of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway announced that Power Measurement Ltd. will receive up to $3 million through the Canadian government’s Clean Energy Fund for a project to demonstrate 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). It is possible the smart grid technology could allow buildings to reduce their electricity consumption by 10–25 percent.
Vancouver start-up Empower Software has been named a finalist in the Quest for Canada’s Greenest IT award for their portable energy management software for the smart grid. Empower’s SmartHome allows consumers to monitor their home energy consumption in real time without the need of an additional in home display. Empower’s demand response applications have shown to reduce power consumption up to 20 percent when consumers use a PC or a smart phone to view usage.