Collaborative Smart Grid Innovation

Nova Scotia Power and NB Power are joining forces on a potential Collaborative Smart Grid Innovation Project that will deploy and test new digital energy technologies in the residential, commercial, industrial sectors on the two provincial grids.

It’s a unique partnership between two Canadians provincial electrical utilities. They will deploy and test numerous solar, battery, EV smart-charging and smart thermostat technologies, looking to optimize each technology’s benefit to customers and the grid. Both utilities will deploy the same full-spectrum control software, tailored to their individual priorities.

To maximize learnings from the project, each will focus on different aspects of testing, then share the results.

Nova Scotia Power will explore how customers and the utility can benefit from EV smart-charging, and combined distributed solar and battery resources. The solar/battery initiative will focus on commercial and industrial customers. NB Power will examine how different combinations of roof-top solar, battery, time-varying rates and smart thermostats can benefit residential customers and the utility. Both utilities will use slightly different approaches and offerings to test customer engagement with, and benefit from, community solar gardens.

It’s a unique partnership between two Canadians provincial electrical utilities.