City of Windsor to Connect Water Systems to Ontario’s Smart Grid

Windsor, ON – August 13, 2010 – The City of Windsor will be one of Ontario’s first municipal participants to connect its water and waste water facilities to Ontario’s next generation of smart grid services in a pilot project being managed by Canadian smart grid innovator, Sempa Power.

The City of Windsor has agreed to connect its municipal water resources to Sempa’s Ancillary Services Network (ASN), which will enable Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to introduce greater flexibility and efficiency across the province’ s grid. The City of Windsor will benefit financially by utilizing the inherent capacity available in those resources to provide IESO with ancillary services.

The Ontario government is pursuing the implementation of 21st century smart grid technology to drive conservation and improve the efficiency of the broader electricity system. In line with this initiative, IESO has embarked on a pilot program to identify alternative technologies to enhance system reliability. Sempa Power, a leader in smart grid technologies, has been selected by IESO to work with Ontario’s industrial loads and qualify new options for demand side management. Water utilities represent one of the biggest loads in the province and Sempa has a keen focus on bringing municipal and regional partners to the program.

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