MISSISSAUGA, ONT. — Alectra has received the 2021 Ontario Energy Association (OEA) Innovation Award for its breakthrough ideas, new technology and creative adaptation of existing technology during the annual Energy Awards ceremony.
The awards recognize OEA members for their achievements in the Ontario energy sector.
In 2019, Alectra established the Green Energy and Technology Centre (GRE&T Centre) as a dedicated innovation facility to identify, evaluate, develop and accelerate new clean and customer-friendly energy solutions for its customers and for its communities. The centre works on active pilot projects that demonstrate Alectra’s leadership in innovation and evaluate the challenges, benefits,and long-term implications of integrating Distributed Energy Resources (DER) on a broad scale, states a release. Alectra has been recognized by the OEA for the following projects:
- HOUSE – offering residential customers integrated solar-plus-storage units and an energy management system that protects their homes against power outages, reduces electricity bills and lowers their carbon footprint.
- House Hybrid – enables the move towards net-zero energy emission homes by integrating a hybrid set of electrical and thermal equipment into a Virtual Power Plant platform.
- GridExchange – a transactive, blockchain-backed energy platform that offers customers the ability to participate in an energy marketplace.
- IESO Non-Wires Alternatives Demonstration Project – delivered in partnership with the IESO, the project, the first of its kind in Canada, aims to design and demonstrate a distribution-level DER market that is interoperable with the IESO wholesale market to help defer and address system need for traditional wires infrastructure investments.
“It’s an honour to receive the Innovation Award from the OEA and to be recognized for our breakthrough projects,” said Brian Bentz, president and CEO of Alectra Inc., in a statement. “The GRE&T Centre continues to work towards enabling clean technologies to make the lives of our customers healthier, easier, and more affordable. We’re excited to help build a clean energy future and embrace these new technologies to help our customers.”