Ottawa (May 14, 2019) – Today, the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) celebrates electricity company innovation at the second annual Centre of Excellence reception. Utility members from across the country will present their innovative projects in a trade-show style reception at the Sir John A. Macdonald Building to a diverse audience of Members of Parliament, stakeholders, associations and government officials.

This year, CEA is proud to celebrate 27 innovative projects, including two youth projects, from 21 different electricity companies. These projects range from electricity generation to customer usage, reflecting the ingenuity of our Canadian electricity.  CEA members proudly partner with Universities and College on innovative projects. Two projects from London Hydro and New Brunswick Power will be awarded for Youth Innovation.

“The Centre of Excellence is dedicated to recognizing and celebrating CEA Member innovation from coast-to-coast-to-coast – it is a celebration of the path that our industry is heading. Not only are utilities focused on shaping a better tomorrow, but they are also dedicated to creating a better future, 10-50 years down the road”, said Francis Bradley, Chief Operating Officer of the Canadian Electricity Association. “Canadian electricity companies will continue to have a positive and lasting impact on the economy, the environment and our community as we move forward.”

CEA’s Centre of Excellence showcases Canadian cutting-edge development in the way that electricity is produced, delivered and consumed, and highlights transformational progress in how electricity yields economic, social and environmental benefits for Canadians.

The industry will continue to evolve as the expectations of the consumer continue to grow.  Whether the project is tailored to EV owners, allowing utilities to manually charge cars overnight during off-peak hours, or the development of the largest ever off-grid, solar and storage microgrid project in Canada – all Centre of Excellence projects are positively impacting the lives of Canadians and transforming our ever-changing industry.

Each utility member will be presented with an Innovative Leadership trophy from CEA, as a celebration of their project and will also be featured in a short CEA video that will capture their trade-show presentation. As the National Voice of Electricity, it is important for CEA to create an opportunity for members to be recognized for their ingenuity, their inspiration and their dedication to our collective energy future.

For more information about each innovative project and the Centre of Excellence reception, please visit CEA’s website: https://electricity.ca/innovation