$10,000 grant awarded to Sustainability Institute as part of Centennial
WATERLOO, ON, Sept. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - A University of Waterloo research
project looking to expand the concept of a "smart grid" beyond
electricity is getting a boost from Union Gas through a $10,000 grant
that is part of the company's year-long Centennial celebration.
The research project, led by the University's Waterloo Institute for
Sustainable Energy (WISE), focuses on the idea of using advanced
information technology to create a fully integrated "smart energy
network", one that includes natural gas, renewables and, in the future,
would be able to incorporate new fuels such as hydrogen.
The project is building on work already underway in Ontario to develop a
smart grid for the province's electricity system, using digital two-way
communication to allow utilities to respond instantly to changes in
demand and automatically fix power outages, as well as giving consumers
more control over how and when they use power. The award is one of ten
$10,000 signature grants being awarded by Union Gas across Ontario as
the company marks its 100th anniversary.
"At Union Gas, we are committed to being strong stewards of our
environment," said Union Gas president Julie Dill. "That's why we are
proud to support this leading-edge research, which will further the
discussion we are having as an energy sector about the long-term
sustainability of Ontario's entire energy system. We all have a part to
play in building a stronger system that is mindful of the environment
at the same time."
"In the electricity sector, the smart grid has emerged as one way to
address consumption trends, climate change, global energy security
challenges, and economic growth," said Jatin Nathwani, executive
director of WISE. "This grant will help WISE apply core smart grid
concepts to the entire energy system to help make it more integrated
Union Gas, a Spectra Energy Company, was founded in 1911 through the
amalgamation of three southern Ontario local gas distribution
companies. Today, Union Gas, named one of Canada's Top 100 employers of
2011, is the second largest natural gas utility in Canada, serving 1.3
million customers across Ontario.
Union Gas works in over 400 Ontario communities, including many in the
Waterloo region. The company is committed to contributing to the
communities where its employees live and work by supporting direct and
indirect employment, offering energy efficiency programs, and helping
local organizations through sponsorships, charitable giving and
hundreds of volunteer hours. For example, in the Waterloo region, Union
Gas supports organizations such as the Waterloo Region Children's
Safety Village, the United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo, Out of the Cold
and the Children's Wish Foundation.
Leading up to the company's 100th anniversary on Dec. 19, a year-long Centennial celebration is rolling
out across the province, bringing together employees, retirees and
community residents. Visit uniongas.com/centennial for more information.
About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited, a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company, is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and
distribution company based in Ontario with assets of over $5.6 billion
and approximately 2,200 employees. For more information, visit uniongas.com.
About the University of Waterloo
The University of Waterloo, in the heart of Canada's Technology
Triangle, is one of Canada's leading comprehensive universities.
Waterloo is home to 30,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and
graduate students who are dedicated to making the future better and
brighter. Waterloo, known for the world's largest post-secondary
co-operative education program, supports enterprising partnerships in
learning, research and discovery. For more information, visit www.uwaterloo.ca.
SOURCE Union Gas Limited
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