Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre to become one of first major
electricity consumers to join new initiative
TORONTO, Oct. 31, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontario's large electricity consumers are
joining the ranks of traditional generators by providing a special
service to balance the power grid, with the launch today of a new
initiative by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).
Using ENBALA Power Network's GOFlex™ smart grid platform, Ontario's
institutional, commercial and industrial consumers will be able to help
the IESO, as the province's power grid operator, to balance supply and
demand on a second-by-second basis. This service, known as regulation,
has until now been provided by generators.
"This project represents a big step forward for Ontario's electricity
sector," said IESO President and CEO Bruce Campbell at the launch of
the new initiative at Toronto's Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
"Every day in our control room, we see the efforts consumers make to
reduce their energy use at peaks, which in turn strengthens
"Now we are taking demand response to a new level. We are looking to
major power consumers to provide a highly sophisticated - and critical
- component of grid reliability."
ENBALA has been contracted to provide up to a maximum of four megawatts
of aggregated regulation service. Sunnybrook Health Science Centre,
McMaster University, Confederation Freezers, Atlantic Packaging,
Collingwood Public Utilities and Walmart will be among the first to
participate in the ENBALA's Ontario Grid Balance® network.
"Large electricity users are such a valuable resource to our electricity
power system," said Ron Dizy, President and CEO of ENBALA. "By
intelligently managing the flexibility in when and how they use power,
we're able to deliver value back to the grid in a number of ways -
while generating a new revenue stream for connected users."
Regulation service acts to match total generation on the system with
total demand on a second-by-second basis. It does this by responding
to small and frequent changes in electricity consumption and generator
output in order to maintain a constant balance. As a result,
participants in the ENBALA network will increase and decrease their
power use in response to real-time system needs.
"Innovation is a cornerstone of health care delivery - and that includes
the way we manage our facilities," said Michael Young, Executive
Vice-President and Chief Administrative Officer at Sunnybrook Health
and Sciences Centre, one of the inaugural participants in the Grid
Balance initiative. "That's why we joined forces with ENBALA and the
IESO. This initiative provides a new opportunity for Sunnybrook to
contribute to the overall reliability of Ontario's power system and
generate new revenue to help sustain our services - all without
impacting the comfort of our patients or our employees."
"Building a smarter grid is part of Ontario's plan to modernize our
energy infrastructure and provide clean, reliable power to consumers.
Innovative technologies, like ENBALA's platform, support the Province's
conservation efforts through improved efficiency for generations to
come," said Bob Delaney, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of
Energy and MPP (Mississauga-Streetsville).
Demand response taps into existing infrastructure to provide services
that would otherwise be offered by generators, adding a new source of
supply to the system. Smart grid technologies such as the ENBALA's
GOFlex™ platform, provide large electricity users with the tools and
services to be able to respond to system needs in real time and benefit
from these actions.
About the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)
The IESO works at the heart of Ontario's power system, balancing supply
and demand through the electricity market, and managing the reliability
of the provincial power grid. The agency works with a broad range of
industry players including generators, transmitters, local distribution
companies, and consumers. For more information, please visit www.ieso.ca.
ENBALA Power Networks is a Smart Grid technology company that
continuously connects large electricity users to the grid to deliver
grid operational flexibility to utilities and electricity system
operators. ENBALA's innovative GOFlex™ platform captures and then
intelligently aggregates inherent demand-side storage from connected
loads to respond to the real-time needs of the power system, increasing
its reliability, efficiency and reducing greenhouse gases. For more
information, please visit www.enbala.com
SOURCE: Independent Electricity System Operator
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