Joe Oliver, Canada’s minister of Natural Resources, has announced that C$6m ($15.8m) will be made available for the Clean Energy Fund for the Interactive Smart Zone demonstration project being conducted by the Hydro-Quebec Research Institute.

The Interactive Smart Zone Project will help integrate the latest digital Smart Grid technology, and demonstrate different technologies and concepts related to the modernisation and optimisation of electrical networks, in particular, the deployment of advanced measuring systems infrastructure.

Oliver said: “With this investment, our government is helping to position Canada at the forefront of clean energy technology. This innovative project will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

As part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the Clean Energy Fund is investing C$795m in clean energy technology development and demonstration over five years.

The Canadian government’s support will help launch nearly 20 projects under the renewable and clean energy portion of the Clean Energy Fund, totalling C$146m.

Three carbon capture and storage projects have also been announced, which will receive a total of C$466m from the fund.

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