Innovative Wind Integration in NB
About $3.6 million will be invested by NB Power in a smart electric grid pilot project using wind generation. The Customer Load Control for Wind Integration Project is one of 19 selected for funding in January under the Federal Clean Energy Fund.
The $32-million project is expected to be completed by 2014.
Wind will be integrated into the grid without affecting consumers, by controlling commercial and residential loads. Communication devices will be installed on thermal equipment and appliances in customers’ homes and businesses to allow for non-intrusive control of electricity consumption to match variable supply from wind turbines.
Gaëtan Thomas, president and acting chief executive officer, NB Power, said, “The findings of the pilot are intended to produce results that will enable us to implement additional wind resources and reduce greenhouse gases while continuing to provide our customers with seamless energy.”
Thomas said the collaboration with other Maritimes utilities, the New Brunswick system operator and the University of New Brunswick will “build on a regional expertise and minimize redundancy while building economic spin-offs.”
Energy Minister Jack Keir said this is the first project of its kind. “Our government has identified the smart grid as a terrific opportunity for the New Brunswick information and communication technologies industry. We are building partnerships and exploring all opportunities in this area. In fact, today we are hosting the first NB Smart Grid Summit, in which NB Power is also participating. Our government hopes to announce further support for NB Power’s project in the near future.”