Cross border microgrid project to cost $12.4m

A $12.4m US-Canadian cross-border project is to see the linking up of three microgrid projects.

Utility Dive reports that a consortium of utilities have come together with three technology companies and an academic institution in a bid to link the three microgrids in Maine and eastern Canada into a “transactive energy” scheme.

Emera Maine, Nova Scotia Power and Toronto Hydro are teaming up with Opus One Solutions, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Smarter Grid Solutions and the Center for Urban Energy at Ryerson University for the project, which aims to demonstrate how microgrids can save money and aid in integrating renewable energy into the grid.
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The utilities will contribute most of the funding for the project with $4.1 million coming from Sustainable Development Technology Canada.

Emera Maine will combine solar power, battery storage and backup diesel generators at its operations center in Hampden, which controls its grid and its interactions with the New England ISO.

Nova Scotia Power will build a microgrid with wind power and both grid-scale and residential energy storage. And Toronto Hydro plans to integrate a series of microgrids designed to help distributed energy resources support local grid operations.

The overall project aims to demonstrate the ability of microgrids to trade power resources,à‚ provide load relief and help lower voltage in order to save money.

It also aims to demonstrate the merits of ‘transactive energy’ – showing how advanced technology is used to provide technical and economic signals to manage the exchange of electricity.

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