Ofgem Okays Scottish Subsea Link

The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) has approved a new subsea link in the north of Scotland. Scottish Hydro Electricity (SHE) Transmission’s power network £1.2 billion upgrade is expected to connect 1.2GW of new renewable electricity generation when completed in 2018. The upgrade will help meet Britain’s renewable target at a lower cost…

Nine Ontario utilities sharing information

Mid-sized hydro-power utilities throughout Ontario have implemented an information system that could result in savings of millions of dollars while benefitting consumers as the same time. The shared information system was created by London Hydro following a successful introduction of a new customer information system (CIS) developed by German firm SAP.  So far eight other…

Power providers merge in Ontario

Local power provider Barrie Hydro of Ontario, Canada soon will no longer exist.  A deal will become final that will merge Barrie Hydro with PowerStream – the third-largest power distributor in Ontario. The Canadian province has encouraged locally owned power distribution companies to merger in order to create operational efficiencies that would be conducive towards…

New smart meter technology to begin in Ontario

Hydro One of Ontario, Canada is about to introduce a new enhanced smart meter technology on the growing smart grid located throughout the province.  On June 30, for the first time the power provider will commence using energy usage information collected wirelessly from smart meters located throughout the grid.  Select customers will receive new bills…

Toronto Hydro launches new smart meter program

Toronto Hydro announced on July 2 a new program designed to encourage customers with smart meters in their homes to change their consumption patterns to off-peak times.   Called “PowerShift,” the pilot project will help both the customer and Toronto Hydro better manage energy consumption.  PowerShift is available exclusively for customers that previously enrolled in…