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Toronto Hydro recently installed a battery energy storage system (BESS) with Renewable Energy Systems Canada and support from the Province of Ontario’s Smart Grid Funds. The Bulwer BESS project is a 2 MW/2 MWh BESS located at the Bulwer Municipal Station (MS), a decommissioned 4.16kV Toronto Hydro electrical substation, located in downtown Toronto. This location is a highly populated area with ever-increasing demands for electricity that could lead to an eventual strain on Toronto Hydro’s infrastructure.
As one of many milestones towards achieving net-zero by 2050, ENMAX plans to reduce or offset 70% of their scope 1 and scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 from a 2015 baseline. This includes their plan to reduce or offset GHG emissions associated with their power generation portfolio by investing in efficiency improvements and new technologies. ENMAX Energy is ENMAX Corporation’s Alberta-based competitive generation and retail business.
Toronto Hydro and the City of Toronto, have partnered together to install electric vehicle charging stations on select streets across the city. These new stations are part of a pilot project, which aims to understand charging usage patterns in Toronto.
SaskPower is on track to reduce its overall emissions by at least 50% of 2005 levels by 2030 and is constantly striving to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. With this goal in mind, SaskPower has established key partnerships with First Nations-owned renewable generation organizations to deliver clean solar power to Saskatchewan’s grid.
Populations of Monarch butterflies, bees, and other pollinators are in steep decline due to herbicides, pesticides, climate change and a reduction in natural pollinator habits. Utilities are ideally suited to restore these environments due to the number of utility corridors and properties in their service territories.
SaskPower’s E.B. Campbell Hydroelectric Station, first commissioned in 1963, was nearing the end of its operational life before SaskPower undertook a substantial refurbishment of Units 1-6. This will give the power station at least 50 more years to generate clean, renewable power for the people of Saskatchewan.
Saint John Energy’s advanced smart grid is a cornerstone of the utility’s ambitious efforts to contribute to a net-zero future. Designed by Saint John Energy as part of its sweeping vision for the Utility of the Future, the smart grid will allow for the utility and its customers to become more energy efficient, introduce significant amounts of clean, renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions in New Brunswick.
Capital Power is fighting against climate change and – as a proud Canadian company – helping Canada achieve its net zero by 2050 goal. They are focused on innovation to reduce emissions, increase efficiency, and decarbonize their fleet by advancing carbon capture technology and expanding their renewable generation portfolio.
In 2021, SaskPower will begin building a utility-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) in Regina, Saskatchewan. This is the first of its kind in Saskatchewan and is capable of providing 20 megawatts (MW) of power for up to one hour.