In a presentation to council last night, representatives of the Public Utilities Commission told those in attendance about updates to the Sault Smart Grid proposal.
“As you may recall, it has two main components voltage optimization and distribution automation. Voltage optimization achieves some significant energy savings, and distribution automation in clearly increases the reliability of our system,” said Robert Brewer the president and CEO of PUC.
He continued with how upgrading like this will help our community.
“Sault Smart Grid also allows us to incorporate more future distributed energy resources, which are things like electric vehicles, at home generation, battery storage, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions in a very meaningful way.”
Mayor Christian Provenzano expressed his appreciation and the progress on the Smart Grid.
“This has been a long time coming. It’s certainly something that we’ve been working on for quite a while,” said Provenzano. “I think it’s an incredibly important project for our community. I would love to see it come to fruition in the very near term, so we can lead on it, I have no doubt that many other communities would follow us.”
The project is waiting on final approval from the Ontario Energy Board before moving on toward installation.