The IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm), the leading international forum dedicated to the advance of the world’s power delivery infrastructure, has extended the “Call for Papers” deadline to May 19, 2013 for its 4th annual event to be held October 21-24, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. All interested academics, industry professionals Continue reading →
Incentives in Canada have resulted in so much solar energy that only a move to smart grid can use it all. So claims National Instruments (NI), which is to provide monitoring and control equipment. via Only smart grid can rescue wasted solar in Canada | SMART Group.
EnerNOC, the country’s biggest demand response provider, has built a solid business helping commercial and industrial customers turn down power to meet grid needs. With 5,900 customers and about 8,300 megawatts of commercial and industrial load under management, or about 2 percent of the country’s C&I base, it’s also got a lot of data on Continue reading →
US-based networking major Cisco and the University of Waterloo in Canada are partnering to set up a Cisco Systems Research Chair in smart grid. The firm will provide $1m over the next five years. The latest initiative would help promote, support and lead research, development and innovation within the use of solutions and technologies for Continue reading →
General Motors is giving its Chevrolet Spark a jolt of electricity. An all-electric version of the mini-car will debut this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It goes on sale this summer in California, Oregon, Canada and South Korea, where it’s made. Other markets will follow. Unlike the Chevrolet Volt sedan, which can run Continue reading →
Installations of new distribution automation electronics in the U.S. and Canada will continue to depend on DNP 3.0 LAN, according to a new report from IMS Research. That despite the growing acceptance of substation communications standard IEC 61850 in Latin America and in global markets outside North America. via Smart Grid: Is the U.S. being Continue reading →
In 1912, Thomas Wilby took the first cross-country tour of Canada in a car. Fifty years later, in 1962, another national tour was taken, this time to commemorate the opening of the Trans-Canada Highway. In 2012, a Saskatoon-based organization is out to put a positive charge into the automotive industry. via Cross-country electric vehicle tour Continue reading →
While many smart grid innovations are technically complex, a renewable energy storage solution from Ontario-based HydroStor is brilliantly simple. Imagine filling a child’s balloon with air, trapping the air, then releasing it slowly and steadily when you need more air. HydroStor’s technology does essentially the same thing, only with energy. Instead of a child’s balloon, Continue reading →
Smart grids are now more heavily embraced in Canada than the U.S. with the support of government policies and grants, according to a new report by GlobalData. Titled Smart Grid Landscape in North America – Market Size, Key Issues, Regulations, Investment Analysis and Outlook to 2020, the report notes that Canada’s cautious approach to smart Continue reading →
One of the biggest, baddest smart grid data sets out there describes how more than 50 million people lost power in the northeastern U.S. and Canada on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003. That hot afternoon, a series of overheated power lines sagged into overgrown trees and shut down, triggering a cascading collapse of the grid across Continue reading →
EnerNOC, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENOC), the world’s leading provider of demand response solutions, announced that its DemandSMART network has been dispatched 32 times this week, providing real-time optimization of commercial and industrial electricity demand as the power grid across much of North America has felt the impact of high temperatures. In total, EnerNOC has delivered demand Continue reading →
Smart grids are becoming normality in the US, supported by government policies and grants, and now neighboring Canada is also beginning to embrace smart grid technology, according to a new report* by power experts GlobalData. The new report states that the US market’s early adoption of smart grid technology contrasts dramatically to Canada’s more cautious Continue reading →
In 2003, America had one of our worst electricity blackouts ever. The outages reached into Canada and affected an estimated 45 million people in the northeastern United States. Now, some parts of the United States are facing the same thing. A recent spat of severe storms and a daunting heat wave have rolled through the mid-Atlantic region Continue reading →
ENBALA Power Networks has won a $1.8m contract from the Ontario Ministry of Energy in Canada for a smart grid project. Under the project, ENBALA said it would boost the grid’s intelligence by utilizing large electricity users and their process storage. via ENBALA Power Networks wins smart grid project in Canada – Energy Business Review.
The U.S. and Canada recently announced the second phase of an initiative designed to promote the development of clean energy technologies. Through the U.S.-Canada Clean Energy Dialogue (CED) Action Plan II, the two countries plan to jointly advance the development of the smart grid and energy-storage technologies, among other measures. The CED was established in Continue reading →
Today, Nissan and its strategic partner, PowerStream, made history when they showcased an interactive exhibit demonstrating the integration of electric cars like the Nissan LEAF into the home with the latest Smart Grid technologies. The display, which marks the first real-life demonstration of V2H technology in Canada, took place at Georgian College in Barrie. “V2H” Continue reading →
On Monday, Exelon and Constellation Energy made official their long-awaited $7.9 billion merger. The combined nuclear power plant powerhouse and retail power and demand response leader will have a market cap of $34 billion and generate 34 gigawatts of power (19 gigawatts of it nuclear) to serve 38 states, parts of Canada and the District Continue reading →
Global Water Resources (GWR) and the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to bring the “smart grid for water” to Canada. via Canada can Fathom a smart grid for water – FierceSmartGrid.
A small but loud — and growing — subset of utility customers believes that smart meters are a threat to their privacy. What can utilities and their smart grid partners do to prove those critics wrong? San Diego Gas & Electric is taking a stab at the issue, joining Canada’s Ontario province this week in Continue reading →
Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited, one of Canada’s municipal electricity distribution companies and an Elster customer, was awarded the “Smart Metering Project of the Year” by the editors at Powergrid International magazine and PennWell Corp. at DistribuTECH 2012 in San Antonio. According to a release, Toronto Hydro first piloted an Elster Smart Metering solution in 2004 Continue reading →