Electricity Sector Leaders Commit to Ontario Smart Grid Forum



    TORONTO, June 4 /CNW/ - Eleven prominent members of Ontario's electricity
sector have agreed to serve on Ontario's Smart Grid Forum. Building on the
investment in smart meters that is already underway, this broad-based industry
dialogue aims to develop a vision for a provincial smart grid that will
provide consumers with more efficient, responsive and cost-effective
electricity service.
    "The development of a smart grid in Ontario will foster more consumer
engagement in the market and enable effective integration of distributed
renewable generation," said Paul Murphy, President and CEO of the Independent
Electricity System Operator (IESO), and Chair of the Ontario Smart Grid Forum.
"Enabling technologies will provide consumers with the tools and information
they require to actively manage their electricity consumption."
    The goal of a smart grid is to use advanced information-based
technologies to increase grid efficiency, reliability and flexibility. It
enables the better use of the existing delivery infrastructure and offers
benefits for both the consumer and the environment.
    The forum will consider how a smart grid in Ontario could deliver
significant operational, environmental and consumer benefits. In addition to
enhancing system reliability, and supporting consumer engagement, a smart grid
is likely to reduce the environmental footprint of Ontario's power system by
reducing the need to expand existing infrastructure.
    The Ontario Smart Grid Forum will focus on opportunities in Ontario, but
will monitor developments occurring in other jurisdictions and identify
potential linkages. Members include:

    Paul Murphy, President and CEO, IESO, and Chair, Ontario Smart Grid Forum
    David Collie, President and CEO, Burlington Hydro Inc.
    Norm Fraser, Chief Operating Officer, Hydro Ottawa Limited
    Anthony Haines, President, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited
    Wayne Smith, VP, Grid Operations, Hydro One Inc.
    Paul Shervill, VP, Conservation and Sector Development, Ontario Power
    Authority
    David McFadden, Chair, Ontario Centres of Excellence
    Michael Angemeer, President and CEO, Veridian Corporation
    Dr. Jatin Nathwani, Professor and Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy
    and Sustainable Energy Management, Faculties of Engineering and
    Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo
    Peter Wallace, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Energy
    Aleck Dadson, Chief Operating Officer, Ontario Energy Board

    
    Forum objectives include:

    -   Educating involved industry leaders about emerging drivers,
        technologies, and opportunities related to the smart grid
    -   Developing a high-level vision of the future in Ontario served by a
        smart grid
    -   Describing and quantifying the benefits that will be possible through
        a wide range of smart grid technologies
    -   Identifying enablers and barriers to the construction of the smart
        grid
    -   Identifying the actions needed to overcome barriers so that the
        benefits of the smart grid may be realized by the people of Ontario
    

    Members will meet on a monthly basis until the end of 2008, after which a
comprehensive report will be issued with findings and recommendations for
Ontario's electricity sector. This report will form the basis for further
action and discussion among policy-makers, regulators and industry
participants.





For further information:

For further information: Martine Holmsen, IESO, (416) 506-2837


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