Canadian led Consortium Enabling Electricity Distribution of the Future
Monday, 27 May 2019 12:01

Canadian led Consortium Enabling Electricity Distribution of the Future

The Transformative Utility is Responsive, Efficient, Digital, Clean

 (London, Ontario):  A consortium of Canadian energy organizations has been shortlisted to develop the electricity distribution system of the future as part of Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) Power Forward Challenge.   The intent of the challenge is for Canada and the United Kingdom to collaborate and explore cutting edge smart grid technologies to help power the grid and revolutionize the way we access clean, flexible, and reliable energy.

The Transformative Utility delivers on the promise of the new world of clean electricity generation and usage by developing an integrated, responsive, efficient end to end digital electricity distribution system,” announced John Avdoulos, President of Utilismart Corporation of London, Ontario.

The consortium is a collaboration and partnership among entities in Canada and the United Kingdom led by Utilismart Corporation and includes Essex Powerlines Corporation, Oakville Hydro, Planview Utility Services Limited from Canada and First Derivatives Plc and Digital Engineering Ltd. from the UK, among others.  Building on each organization’s strengths, the Consortium is developing an end to end system that bridges the gaps between grid operations, engineering planning, and in-field asset management, enabling the integration of smaller renewable generators and users, while maximizing customer value.

“Simply put, the project will develop technologies that will enable utilities to serve customers of all sizes with unprecedented efficiency in an age of digital transformation and changing electricity needs,” explains Scott Mudie, COO of Oakville Hydro.  “To remain competitive and essential, utilities across the world need to transform from traditional poles-and-wires companies into Distribution System Operators, by turning data into decisions.”

The Transformative Utility will enable utilities to become Distribution System Operators and digitally transform data into decision making.  The model leverages existing investments in metering technology and control center operations, and merges data onto a common platform for enhanced decision making. Through the development of innovative technologies, asset related business processes will be optimized, creating visibility and flexibility in the grid.

“Adopting this technology will provide unprecedented transparency and value to regulators, market operators, distribution system operators, and customers throughout Canada, and globally,” adds Mr. Avdoulos.  “The ability of the Transformative Utility to connect and communicate with different systems, devices, and applications, will allow the UK market to easily adapt the technology for its grid operations.”

With combined analysis, utilities will be provided better visibility into the health and operational performance of their transformers, breakers, and switches, steering them away from traditional fixed interval maintenance programs.  With grid intelligence insights available at their fingertips, operational dispatch and control will improve.  Sophisticated weather data, forecasting of generation and customer loads, DER signaling, and market data at the operational level, will give utilities the ability to reconfigure the grid and maximize market and customer value.

“Generation, distribution, maintenance and customer value will be integrated in a safe reliable network promoting sustainability of the electricity system and our planet, by identifying and connecting the vast and disparate renewable generators and users,” says Joe Barile, General Manager of Essex Powerlines.

The Power Forward Challenge was developed by Natural Resources Canada and the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy as one of five cleantech challenges stemming from the Impact Canada Initiative through the Government of Canada. NRCan will formally announce the list of Power Forward Challenge semi-finalists next week in Vancouver. The semi-finalists will compete in a Pitch Event and three winning proposals will be announced in June.  The winning proposals will receive a $3-million grant to be used to conduct a pilot-scale demonstration of their smart grid solution. Demonstrations will then be assessed, and the final award winner will be announced March 2021, acquiring an additional $1-million prize.

 “We are thrilled to be shortlisted for this innovative and truly important project put forward by NRCan,” says Mr. Avdoulos.  “It’s an excellent way to spur the necessary planning for a rapidly evolving sector.” 


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Telephone: 226-348-1864

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Utilismart Corporation is a leader in utility digitalization, transformation and advanced grid analytics, providing its innovative solutions to utility customers in North America since 2002. Data-driven solutions unlock the Corporation’s transformative capability to meet today’s challenges including the evolution of the distribution grid to enable the utility’s transformation from a traditional poles-and-wires company to an Energy Management Services Company.

Planview Utility Services Limited provides professional services to Utilities and Municipalities throughout Ontario and North America. Planview is registered with the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), and provides Engineering Services, GIS and Mapping Services, and Sub-Surface Utility Engineering to infrastructure owners.

Oakville Hydro delivers reliable and safe electricity to more than 70,000 individuals, families and businesses in Oakville. The company maintains an active commitment to conservation, safety, and is strongly invested in the social and economic well-being of the Oakville community.  Oakville Hydro is a two-time past recipient of the Local Distribution Company Performance Excellence Award from the Electricity Distributors Association and a Canada’s Safest Employers Silver Award recipient, recognizing the organization as an exceptional leader in the industry.

Essex Powerlines Corporation is a regulated company that provides safe, reliable, and economical electrical distribution and service to 30,000 customers within four municipalities of Essex County. EPLC’s corporate vision is to provide the communities of Amherstburg, LaSalle, Leamington, and Tecumseh with safe, reliable, and economical energy supply and service. The foundation to empower their vision is based on a dynamic and progressive workforce that will be industry leaders in providing ‘best of class’ business solutions in the delivery of service to their customers.

Natural Resources Canada seeks to enhance the responsible development and use of Canada’s natural resources and the competitiveness of Canada’s natural resources products. We are an established leader in science and technology in the fields of energy, forests, and minerals and metals and use our expertise in earth sciences to build and maintain an up-to-date knowledge base of our landmass.

The Impact Canada Initiative platform is part of a Government of Canada-wide effort that will help departments accelerate the adoption of innovative funding approaches to deliver meaningful results to Canadians. The Impact Canada Initiative is led by a Center of Expertise housed within the Impact and Innovation Unity of the Privy Council Office. Natural Resources Canada, a partner in this initiative, plans to invest $75 million over four years in five challenges: Women in Cleantech Challenge, Power Forward Challenge, Crush It! Challenge, The Sky’s the Limit Challenge, and Indigenous Off-diesel Initiative Challenge.

 
Essex Powerlines Corporation 2019 IRM Rate Application
Friday, 08 February 2019 14:52

Essex Powerlines Corporation 2019 IRM Rate Application.

Essex Powerlines Corporation’s (“EPLC”) complete 2019 IRM Rate Application. By way of this application, EPLC is seeking Ontario Energy Board (“OEB”) approval for distribution rates effective May 1st, 2019.

Click here to download the Essex Powerlines Corporation 2019 IRM Rate Application

 
ESSEX POWER CORPORATION MAKES ADDITIONAL DONATION TO LOCAL FOOD BANKS
Wednesday, 19 December 2018 14:54


ESSEX POWER CORPORATION MAKES ADDITIONAL DONATION TO LOCAL FOOD BANKS


Tecumseh, ON: Essex Power Corporation (“EPC”) has made a monetary and canned food donation to local food banks in Leamington, Amherstburg, Tecumseh and LaSalle.

Inspired by its Let’s CAN Hunger Together campaign, where Essex Powerlines customers earned $3000 for local food banks by signing up for paperless billing, employees of Essex Power banded together to collect additional canned goods and monetary donations.

Through employee and corporate donations, an additional $4200 was raised and donated, totalling to $7200 that was evenly split amongst four community food banks.

EPC employees also collected over 6000 canned goods that were distributed to the food banks. This is the 8th year that EPC has donated to local food banks within the communities they serve. The recipients of the donation include:

•    Amherstburg Food & Fellowship Mission
•    Tecumseh Goodfellows
•    Leamington Salvation Army
•    St. Andrew’s LaSalle Food Bank

“The generosity of our customers inspired Essex Power and our employees to contribute to the final donation to our local food banks. At Essex Power, we believe in the value of giving back to our communities.”

Joe Barile, General Manager, Essex Powerlines


“Amherstburg Food & Fellowship Mission is very thankful for this generous donation. It will help us to help those in need.”

Tim McAllister, President, Amherstburg Food & Fellowship Mission. 


Essex Power Corporation is a dynamic energy company that provides safe, reliable, and economical energy supply and services to our customers. Our commitment to innovation, performance management, and leading by example has built the foundation for Essex Power and our affiliates to establish a diverse set of energy products and services that are valued by our customers.

 



















Pictured from left, Heather O’Bright, Chantal Drouin, Brandon Chartier, Chris Carr, and Dan Gagnier



Pictured from left, Janis McVittie, Joe Barile, Chris Carr, Deb Wilkinson, Ray Tracey, Brandon Chartier. St. Andrew’s LaSalle Community Food Bank

 

 

Pictured from left, Brandon Chartier, Tim McAllister, Chris Carr, Dan Gagnier. Amherstburg Food & Fellowship Mission

 

 Dan Gagnier unloading canned goods for Tecumseh Goodfellows.

 

Pictured from left, Amanda Panetta, Brandon Chartier, Chris Carr, Brad Webster at the Leamington Salvation Army.


For more information contact:


Amanda Panetta, Marketing & Conservation Analyst

2199 Blackacre Dr., Suite 200, Oldcastle, ON N0R 1L0

Telephone: 519-946-2000 x 261

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ENWIN AND ESSEX POWERLINES HELP CUSTOMERS DONATE TO LOCAL FOOD BANKS
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 11:47


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NEWS RELEASE

December 11, 2018

ENWIN AND ESSEX POWERLINES HELP CUSTOMERS DONATE TO LOCAL FOOD BANKS

Oldcastle, ON: More than 881 local electricity customers have earned donations for local food banks, by signing up for paperless billing. Through their joint paperless billing campaign, Let’s CAN Hunger Together, ENWIN Utilities Ltd. (ENWIN) and Essex Powerlines Corporation (EPL) offered customers a chance to save paper and donate $10 each to local food banks, without spending a dime.


During the Let’s CAN Hunger Together campaign, the local distribution companies banded together to recognize paperless billing signups by donating $10 to local food banks for each customer signup. The campaign ran from October 25th to December 7th and prompted customers to help make a difference in their community by taking advantage of e-billing services. The significant amount of customer participation raised $8810 for local food banks and spoke volumes about the generosity of our community during times of need.


On Wednesday, December 12, 2018, EPL and ENWIN will present donations to the following food banks:

•    The Downtown Mission of Windsor
•    St. Andrew’s LaSalle Food Bank
•    Amherstburg Food & Fellowship Mission
•    Tecumseh Goodfellows
•    Leamington Salvation Army

The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. at the EPL Office, 2730 Highway 3, Oldcastle ON. Media are invited to attend. Breakout interviews and photo opportunities will be available.


 “We are proud to serve such great communities and would like to thank our customers for participating in this event. Through our customers’ participation and through our collaboration with ENWIN, together we were able to donate $8810 dollars to local food banks. Campaigns like this prove how local utilities can work together to make an impact on the communities we serve.” Joe Barile, General Manager, Essex Powerlines
“It is wonderful when a partnership between utilities supports both our local community and our local conservation efforts. By engaging in paperless billing, our customers are helping to limit the amount of paper we use. That helps preserve the environment. They are also earning a significant donation for local food banks, which helps the community. Once again, we have proven that the true power lies in working together.” Helga Reidel, President & CEO, ENWIN Utilities Ltd.

ENWIN Utilities Ltd. is the licensed electricity distribution company serving customers in the City of Windsor. ENWIN also operates and maintains the water system owned by Windsor Utilities Commission. ENWIN works with Windsor to provide a safe, reliable source of electricity and water for our community. At ENWIN, the true power lies in working together.

www.enwin.com

Essex Powerlines Corporation is a regulated company that provides safe, reliable, and economical electrical distribution and service to 30,000 customers within four municipalities of Essex County. At Essex Powerlines, our corporate vision is to provide the communities of Amherstburg, LaSalle, Leamington, and Tecumseh with safe, reliable, and economical energy supply and service. The foundation to empower our vision is based on a dynamic and progressive workforce that will be industry leaders in providing ‘best of class’ business solutions in the delivery of service to our customers. At Essex Power, your Power is our Priority.

www.essexpowerlines.ca

For more information contact:

Amanda Panetta, Marketing & Conservation Analyst
2199 Blackacre Dr., Suite 200, Oldcastle, ON N0R 1L0
Telephone: 519-946-2000 x 261
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Barbara Peirce Marshall, Manager Corporate Communications & Public Relations
787 Ouellette Avenue, PO Box 1625, Windsor, ON N9A 5T7
519-255-2888 ext. 849
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ESSEX POWERLINES EMPLOYEES VOLUNTEER AT LOCAL FOOD BANKS
Wednesday, 07 November 2018 08:29

NEWS RELEASE

NOVEMBER 6, 2018

ESSEX POWERLINES EMPLOYEES VOLUNTEER AT LOCAL FOOD BANKS 


Oldcastle, ON: Essex Powerlines Corporation (EPL) is committed to making a difference in the communities they serve.

This morning, workers of Essex Powerlines visited St. Andrew’s LaSalle Community Food Bank to lend a helping hand. The volunteers helped with storage of assorted food items in the LaSalle food bank. Their next volunteering engagement will be at Amherstburg Food & Fellowship Mission on Friday November 9th, 2018 where employees will be participating in the preparation of meals.

EPL employees were briefed on the operations of the LaSalle food bank and were given some examples of in-demand items that could be donated. Employees also received a tour of the food bank and learned about volunteering opportunities. St. Andrew’s LaSalle Community Food Bank provides nutritional and healthy foods to approximately 70 families in need on a monthly basis.

“The people of LaSalle never ceases to amaze us. Just when you think you can’t be surprised, someone (EPL) from the community steps up. That’s the joy of a small community!”

Deb Wilkinson, St. Andrew’s LaSalle Community Food Bank

EPL, along with ENWIN Utilities, will continue to make a difference in the community with their “Let’s CAN Hunger Together” campaign, which runs until December 7th. This campaign allows their customers to help by making the switch to paperless billing. For each of the first 1,000 customers that sign up, a $10 donation will be made to local food banks.

“It brings us great joy to be able to give back to the communities we serve. We recognize that there is a greater need to support our local food banks leading up to the holiday season and are happy to help wherever we can. Signing up for paperless billing presents a simple way for our customers to give back to the community and help make a difference.”

Joe Barile, General Manager, Essex Powerlines


From left to right: Heather O’Bright (EPL), Chris Carr (EPL), Chantal Drouin (EPL), Deb Wilkinson (St. Andrews LaSalle Community Food Bank)

For more information customers can contact Essex Powerlines at (519) 737-6640 or visit www.essexpowerlines.ca

For more information contact:
Amanda Panetta, Marketing & Conservation Analyst
2199 Blackacre Dr., Suite 200, Oldcastle, ON N0R 1L0
Telephone: 519-946-2000 x 261
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