Canada-​​US consortium will showcase microgrid applications and advances
September 22, 2016

A North Amer­i­can con­sor­tium will build a set of multi-​​utility micro­grid projects to demon­strate how micro­grids can help inte­grate renew­ables with advanced soft­ware and save money. Util­ity par­tic­i­pants in the project—Emera Maine (for­merly Ban­gor Hydro),Nova Sco­tia Power and Toronto Hydro will team up with Opus One Solu­tions, Advanced Micro­grid Solu­tions (AMS),Smarter Grid Solu­tions and the Cen­ter for Urban Energy at Ryer­son Uni­ver­sity to demon­strate micro­grid capa­bil­i­ties at projects both in Maine and East­ern Canada. These include deliv­ery of vir­tual resources—the exper­tise of team mem­ber AMS—as well as a microgrid’s abil­ity to pro­vide feeder load relief, volt/​VAR opti­miza­tion and con­ser­va­tion volt­age reduc­tion. Emera Maine will offer an exam­ple of micro­grids as a “non-​​wires alter­na­tive” that can serve in place of sub­sta­tions or other infra­struc­ture. Emera said the project will pay for itself, with no sub­sidy from util­ity ratepay­ers. The micro­grid will also include a Level 2 elec­tric vehi­cle charg­ing sta­tion and an advanced micro­grid con­troller, with a bat­tery sup­plied by Tesla, Micro­grid Knowl­edge reported.

Nova Sco­tia Power will build a feeder-​​based micro­grid with wind power and both grid-​​scale and res­i­den­tial energy stor­age. Toronto Hydro’s project will fea­ture dis­trib­uted energy resources man­age­ment. Ontario-​​based Opus One Solu­tions, a soft­ware com­pany, is lead­ing the inter­na­tional project, which also will demon­strate the abil­ity of micro­grids to trans­act in regional whole­sale markets.

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