Collaborative Grid Innovation for Atlantic Smart Energy Communities (Amherst)
In June 2019, NB Power, NS Power, and NRCan announced $10.8M in funding for two community energy smart-grid projects: one in Shediac, NB (led by NB Power), focusing on residential applications; and another in Amherst, NS (led by NS Power), focusing on commercial applications. Funding comes from NRCan's $100M Smart Grid Program. These projects are also supported by the $92.7M Smart Grid Atlantic Initiative, formed by NB Power, Siemens Canada and NS Power.
Utilities will work with customers in these communities to manage energy consumption an pilot new electricity pricing options. In Amherst, the focus is on commerical applications of solar power and battery storage to help manage demand, reliability, and smart electric vehicle charging.