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Smart Grid Projects

Ontario is building a smarter electricity grid which will give families and businesses more control over how and when they use electricity.  It will allow consumers to control appliances and lights in their homes from anywhere at anytime.

Ontario's Smart Grid Fund is an important part of the province's Clean Energy Economic Development strategy. It supports private sector investment in smart grid projects that will test, develop and bring to market the next generation of smart grid solutions.

This program is part of the McGuinty Government's plan to invest in the renewal of the electricity system, create jobs and leverage Ontario's experience as a clean energy leader and help build the smart grid industry.

The recipients are divided by program category.

Behind the Meter

These projects feature technologies on the customer side of the meter that enable two-way information flow between the consumer and their local utility.


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Placing smart in-office displays in 300 small and medium sized commercial buildings to demonstrate energy and operational savings that can be achieved using a web based energy management system.



Consumer Engagement

Placing hundreds of smart energy management in-home displays to demonstrate their integration with advanced metering infrastructure and to test their ability to help grid operators manage the system.


Integrating Distributed Energy Resources

These projects enable the connection of distributed generation, load management and/or storage devices to the electricity grid. This will help enhance the flow of electricity and the whole system performance by making it more efficient.


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Connection of 90 different commercial and industrial loads to the Enbala Power Network to test the capacity of the network to serve as a grid management tool.


Regional Integration

These projects feature multiple smart grid technologies working together to test a number of solutions.


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Region of Durham Smart Grid Demo


Building a control centre for three utilities to enable interaction, control, dispatching, monitoring, asset condition assessment, and load modeling/control/balancing of their systems.


Burlington Electricity Services Community SG Project

Establishing a mixed residential-commercial community that integrates a variety of Smart Grid technologies, e.g. distribution automation, increased distributed generation capacity, and home energy management.


Data Management

These projects are finding new ways to use data generated by smart meters and other electricity grid assets. This will help improve investment decisions and system performance, as well as protect the privacy and safety of consumers.


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IBM Canada Research and Development Centre


Creating a research collaboration centre that will use and analyze smart meter data. The project will leverage this data to identify ways to improve conservation and shift usage away from peak times.



Prolucid Smart Grid Power Technologies


Developing, testing and gathering data in real time to give local distribution companies more automated control over managing their systems by pinpointing outages and finding fault responses.  


N-Dimensions Smart Meter Cyber Security

Demonstrating cyber security capabilities for smart meter collector systems. This will help ensure data is secure.


Essex Energy Corp. Distribution Monitoring and Control


Construction of a software system that will integrate data sources from a variety of technologies (including existing smart meters) to monitor the state of the distribution system and alert operators to system problems.


Grid Automation

These projects use innovative software and hardware technology that will help the system operator remotely control aspects of the electricity system, making it easier to pinpoint outages and manage the system.


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RuggedCom  Advanced Distribution Energy Management

Developing new infrastructure that will support and encourage the wide scale adoption of smart grid, renewables energy and electric vehicle solutions.



WiMax for Smart Grid Communications

Creating a demo of open, standards-based, real-time, two-way, broadband, secure, and reliable communications for the smart grid.



dTechs at Oakville Hydro

Installing  225 high resolution wireless sensors on the medium voltage supply in Oakville to help the utility detect issues on their grid, making the system more efficient and reliable.



Grid IQ Centre

Building a facility for research and development in substation and distribution automation, transmission protection and control


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