Burlington Hydro Officially Launches GridSmartCity(TM) Partnership Program



    BURLINGTON, ON, May 13 /CNW/ - The Ontario Minister of Energy and
Infrastructure, George Smitherman joined Burlington Mayor Cam Jackson and
Burlington Hydro Electric Inc. yesterday in announcing the Official Launch of
a GridSmartCity(TM) which brings together a wide range of stakeholders from
industry to government to work together to promote the growth of smart grids.
The new program will showcase how smart grids integrate electricity
production, and delivery and consumption to produce a more efficient, reliable
and responsive system that is better for the environment.
    GridSmartCity(TM) partners will collaborate on smart grid projects to
illustrate new technologies. These projects will help to fuel the growth of
innovative green industries. Smart grid technologies, combined with advanced
communications and computer analytics, will aid greater use of renewable
'Green Energy' sources from the sun, wind and devices such as electric
vehicles.
    "Smart grid development in Ontario will help build a greener electricity
system by making it easier to integrate increasing amounts of renewable energy
into the electricity grid, and enabling new conservation technologies," said
George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure. 
"With GridSmartCity, Ontario has a model that will help our province reach its
aspirations for a cleaner, greener energy supply while leading the cutting
edge of the green economy."
    "Energy, its availability, reliability, and price are key factors in
attracting investment and building and retaining industry," said Cam Jackson,
Mayor of Burlington. "Burlington Hydro's leadership role in the smart grid
field, through the GridSmartCity(TM), represents an important economic
advantage in today's competitive marketplace."
    "GridSmartCity(TM) is about how we transform today's electricity system
into the smart grid of tomorrow," said David Collie, President of Burlington
Hydro. "Working together, GridSmartCity(TM) partners look to speed the
development and deployment of smart grids and smart grid devices that enable
utilities, industry, and consumers to use energy more wisely."
    GridSmartCity(TM) will assist consumers to learn more about smart grids,
time differentiated prices and in-home energy management tools. A better
understanding of their energy use helps consumers to manage their electricity
cost more successfully.
    A number of leading energy industry companies and corporate environmental
leaders are among the first organizations to join the GridSmartCity(TM)
Program including, Grant Buchanan, President of S&C Electric, Jack Robertson,
President of Elster Canada, Mel Ydreos, Vice President of Union Gas, Scott
Leslie, Chief Financial Officer of Menova, Fidel Reijerse, President of RESCO
Energy Inc. and Sandy Treagus, Chief Financial Officer, Mountain Equipment
Co-op.
    The GridSmartCity(TM) initiative stems from recent discussions of senior
members of Ontario's electricity industry who formed a group called the
Ontario Smart Grid Forum. The Forum's recent report, Enabling Tomorrow's
Electricity System, recommended that distribution utilities undertake
demonstration projects on smart grid technologies. GridSmartCity(TM)
accelerates this process. It offers a unique platform for technology
developers and other interested firms to combine all the major elements of a
smart grid into an integrated suite of projects. Such projects will help to
identify `best practices, and new devices and processes that will demonstrate
the full capabilities of a smart grid.





For further information:

For further information: Jennifer Smith, Director, Corporate Relations,
Burlington Hydro Inc., jsmith@burlingtonhydro.com, (905) 332-2340; Gary
Holloway, Manager, Corporate Communications, Burlington Hydro Inc.,
gholloway@burlingtonhydro.com, (905) 638-4226; Mark Gregory, Locomotion
Communications and Public Relations, mark@locomotionPR.ca, (289) 337-1233

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