Microgrids for Smart Growth
As global energy systems shift towards decentralization, microgrids have potential to offer benefits to utilities, communities, and industrial customers alike – including resiliency during extreme weather events, integration of renewable energy, grid support and ancillary services, and asset optimization. However, important questions remain around cost-effectiveness, regulatory implications, and technology risk.
The Advanced Energy Centre is catalyzing new conversations amongst community leaders, policy makers, utilities, and innovators focused on understanding cost-effective pathways for clean energy microgrid financing and development. Leveraging Canadian experiences with clean energy microgrids, the Centre aims to highlight practical and cost-effective alternatives to distribution feeder upgrades to communities and utilities.
RESEARCH PRIORITIES FOR ADVANCING MICROGRID DEPLOYMENT
In November 2015, the Advanced Energy Centre, Carleton Sustainable Energy Research Centre (CSERC), the IESO, and NewEnergy Community convened a workshop focused on examining frameworks for advancing technology, business value, and public policy for clean energy microgrids. The event featured industry and utility leaders, multidisciplinary researchers, and community representatives coming together to discuss factors affecting deployment of smart microgrids into Ontario’s energy system and beyond. The aim of these workshops sessions was for participants to strategize on the future academic research needed to advance the business case and commercial deployment of these technologies. This report summaries the collective discussions convened between participants through the seminar and workshops, and profiles future research questions resulting from these conversations.
Future of Microgrids and Smart Energy Networks
Through a series of interactive sessions, participants discussed current issues and barriers facing microgrids in Ontario, and brainstorming opportunities to advance commercial development.
[Micro]grids Today: Themes & Outcomes Report
Co-Creating Solutions & Prototyping
In collaboration with MaRS Studio Y, the Advanced Energy Centre has conducted community consultations with residents of Pelee Island, and has been exploring ideas for improving resiliency and creating new electrical capacity, while creating economic development opportunities for this rural community. Please read more in the report below.
Local Perspectives on Energy: Pelee Island