CALGARY, ALTA. — The Government of Canada has announced it will invest $1.4 million in a smart electrical grid system located in Calgary, Alta.
The project will be funded by Natural Resources Canada through its Green Infrastructure Program and developed by ENMAX. The grid will send excess electrical energy generated by ENMAX’s customers back into Calgary’s electrical grid.
A release from the government stated the project lays the foundation for future similar small-scale urban systems and will contribute to lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
“Green infrastructure is key to building our clean economy. Canada is committed to investing in smart grid technology and working with industry to build cleaner, safer, better-connected electricity systems that will also create well-paying jobs for middle-class Canadians,” said federal Minister of Natural Resources Amarjeet Sohi in a statement.
“This innovative project, the first of its kind in Canada, allows us to explore two-way power flow on a segment of the electrical grid that has not historically been able to support this. By advancing this technology, we will be able to build the resiliency of our grid and enable future customer opportunities,” ENMAX president and CEO Gianna Manes added.