A Greener Tomorrow

Canada's 1st all electric vehicle
An electrical plug replaces the gas gap on the Burlington Hydro's 100 % pure electric vehicle.

The electricity supply landscape is changing dramatically with the introduction of alternative green energy. Burlington Hydro together with our industry partners and neighbouring utilities is playing our part to foster a culture of conservation.

One of BHI core values is to assure availability of a future electricity supply to meet customer needs and growth.

Burlington Hydro has invested strategically in infrastructure to effectively meet the needs of one of Canada's fastest growing cities.

BHI's Hydro's self-healing grid in the city's core, and the Burlington wide installation of intuitive switching, among other technologies, lays the foundation for continued gains in electricity reliability.

The Energy Axis system installed in conjunction with Elster Canada aims to reduce outages and improve outage response and repair time. The system also aims to improve customer service and consumer choice, implement demand response programs that can conserve resources and reduce costs, and provide real-time information to end consumers to allow them to better manage their energy consumption.

The advanced metering infrastructure ( AMI) now installed on a broad-scale across Burlington and in fact most of the province, forms the back-bone of Ontario's mandated installation of Smart Meters. The installation of smart meters and time of use rates for electricity ultimately aims to encourage residential and commercial customers to reduce their electricity during peak times and to help the environment.

Burlington Hydro's GridSmartCity is yet another example of our focus on the future. GridSmartCity is an innovative stakeholder outreach to bring together utilities, regulators, green energy and smart grid technology developers, universities, customers and other stakeholders, to collectively address challenges and opportunities in electricity supply Future sustainability is at the core of this program.

The Electricity Distributors Association in 2010 named the GridSmartCity Outreach Program winner of the Public Relations Innovation Award. This award acknowledges the initiative as a unique and effective forum for enhanced collaboration leading to advancements in the areas of self healing grids, conservation program implementation and the emergence of renewable energy all in the context of community energy planning.

Likewise, BHI's Pure Electric Vehicle Study is leading to important key learning about all-electric vehicles, focusing on their potential to reduce emissions of green house gas and particulates, and implication on the the electricity grid, in shor haul fleet settings. Longer term projects will look into consumer interaction with electric vehicles and electric vehicles in conjunction with broader energy storage implementation, one the keys to advancing green energy models efficiently.

The electricity supply landscape is changing dramatically with the introduction of alternative green energy. Burlington Hydro together with our industry partners and neighbouring utilities is playing our part to foster a culture of conservation.