Government of Canada

06/12/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/12/2019 10:42

Smart Energy Project Connects New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Communities

June 12, 2019 Ottawa, Ontario Natural Resources Canada

Combating climate change requires new and innovative approaches to electricity distribution. Upgrading infrastructure with new technologies will create jobs and lower energy costs while also protecting the environment by lowering carbon emissions.

Alaina Lockhart, Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, on behalf of Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, today announced a $10.8-million investment in a smart grid project. The initiative will see New Brunswick Power (NB Power) and Nova Scotia Power (NS Power) pilot new digital energy technologies, which will create 150 highly skilled jobs and reduce emissions by 2,800 tonnes annually by 2030 - all while lowering costs for consumers.

The Collaborative Grid Innovation for Atlantic Smart Energy Communities project involves piloting smart grid infrastructure and will make it easier to incorporate renewable energy onto the electricity grid in Shediac, New Brunswick, and Amherst, Nova Scotia.

In Shediac, 500 homes will be selected to test technologies such as smart meters, time-varying rates, smart thermostats, solar rooftops and in-home battery storage. The utility will also focus on potential cybersecurity issues posed by these connected devices.

In Amherst, the focus will be on commercial applications, including solar panels with battery storage on commercial buildings to help manage customer demand and reliability needs, and smart electric vehicle charging trials for optimal charging. The construction of two solar farms will also help power homes and businesses in the region.

NB Power and NS Power will also work with customers to manage energy consumption and test new electricity pricing options. Results and lessons learned from each utility will be shared across the two provinces.

This inter-provincial partnership - which is receiving funding through Natural Resources Canada's Smart Grid Program - supports the commitment by the Atlantic premiers and the federal government to develop a Clean Power Roadmap for Atlantic Canada.

Through Canada's national energy dialogue, Generation Energy, Canadians made it clear that reliable, affordable clean energy solutions are not a luxury but a necessity for Canada's low-carbon future. The Government of Canada will continue to support clean energy initiatives that create jobs, support investment and industry competitiveness, advance our clean future and help realize our global climate change goals.