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Ontario’s large electricity users boost reliability with Grid Balance initiative



October 31, 2013 – Smart grid technology company Enbala Power Networks launched a Grid Balance initiative with Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), which aims to empower commercial and industrial electricity users to contribute to the reliability of the province’s power system. And EBMag was there!

“Every day in our control room, we see the efforts consumers make to reduce their energy use at peaks which, in turn, strengthens reliability,” said IESO president and CEO Bruce Campbell at the launch of the new initiative at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. “Now we are taking demand response to a new level. We are looking to major power consumers to provide a highly sophisticated—and critical—component of grid reliability.”

Grid Balance (a.k.a. regulation service) is enabled through GOFlex, Enbala’s load management platform, which connects a network of Ontario organizations and combines the flexibility in their power usage to respond to demands of the electricity grid.

McMaster University, Confederation Freezers, Sunnybrook, Atlantic Packaging, Collingwood Public Utilities and Walmart will be among the first to participate in Enbala’s Ontario Grid Balance network.

Joe Emberson, McMaster’s director of energy management and utilities, said “… the Grid Balance initiative is providing our university with an excellent cost-savings opportunity that helps the environment and the provincial electricity grid, using the equipment we’ve already invested in”.

(Photos A. Dalton)