GridSmartCity has been recognized as a leading forum for collaboration between utilities, inustry partners, acedamia, regulators and customers.

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Transforming Today’s Electricity System into the Smart Grid of Tomorrow

GridSmartCity was launched in May, 2009, on the eave of the introduction of Ontario’s Green Energy Act.

GridSmartCity was launched in May, 2009, on the eave of the introduction of Ontario’s Green Energy Act.

GridSmartCity has been recognized as an innovative approach to bring utilities, industry, government bodies, academia and customers together, to work towards a greener and smarter electricity grid.

23 organizations have now joined the ranks to become GridSmartCity partners to work collectively towards advancements in self healing grids, conservation program implementation and the emergence of renewable energy together with community energy planning. GridSmartCity’s growing roster of partners includes provincial and local government, universities, smart grid and green energy corporations and neighbouring utilities.

This year, the GridSmartCity™ Outreach Program was named winner of the 2010 Public Relations Innovation Award by the Electricity Distributors Association (EDA).

The GridSmartCity EDA Award submission focused on two key efforts in 2010 - the Community Launch of GridSmartCity showcasing Canada's 1st all-electric zero emission fleet vehicle, and the 1st annual GridSmartCity Round Table which assembled more than 200 industry and community leaders.

"Common to both initiatives, " says Smallegange, "was a focus on reframing the interaction between electricity utilities, customers and industry innovators to embrace green energy and the smart grid opportunities, but, amidst the reality of challenges within the electricity supply chain, and towards the goal of delivering more choice to the consumer."

“GridSmartCity is helping define a future direction that is essential for Burlington Hydro and the industry as a whole, to meet the needs of tomorrow’s customers, and those needs are evolving, quickly,” says Smallegange.

The Smart Grid has been compared to the internet in terms of its potential to change the way people and businesses interact with the power grid. GridSmartCity™ provides an innovative vehicle to simultaneously explore major elements of the Smart Grid and the interactions among them.GridSmartCity™ partners acquire vital insight on Smart Grid related initiatives and to make fact and experience based recommendations for investments that represent the best interest of the customer.

Other GridSmartCity™ initiatives include: -Self Healing Grid - To protect critical mission assets in the City of Burlington, GridSmartCity has championed the installation of a switching automation system to virtually eliminate power outages in the downtown core, protecting the Joseph Brant Hospital, the cities main Waste Water Treatment Facility and the Centre for Inland Waters. Learn More -GridWatch Trends Report - GridWatch is a monthly e-newsletter featuring the latest GridSmartCity™ developments and our monthly top picks for green energy trends and headlines from our own backyard and around the world. To enrol click here.

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  • Burlington...the GridSmartCity
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  • GridSmart Energy
  • GridSmart Electricity Services
  • GridSmart Power
  • GridSmart Certified
  • Renewing Energy
  • GridSmart Design
  • GridSmart Business
  • GridSmart Company
  • GridSmart Home
  • GridSmart Residence
  • GridSmart Standard

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