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Canada Invests in Next-Generation Smart Grid Technology

/ Calgary

From Natural Resources Canada

News Release

​Transforming how we make and use energy presents tremendous economic opportunities for Canada and will result in investments, good middle-class jobs for Canadians and a cleaner planet for future generations.

Today, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, announced an investment of $1.4 million for a next-generation smart grid project. Funded by Natural Resources Canada through the Green Infrastructure Program and developed by ENMAX Power, this project will safely send extra renewable electricity generated by customers back into Calgary's electricity grid for others to use.

This innovative solution will also make electricity grids more reliable, laying the conditions for future, small-scale clean energy resources in urban settings, ultimately lowering greenhouse gas emissions and removing barriers for customers to adopt renewable energy.

Through Canada's national energy dialogue, Generation Energy, Canadians made it clear that reliable, affordable clean energy solutions are not a luxury but a necessity for Canada's low-carbon future. We will continue to support clean energy initiatives that create jobs, support investment and industry competitiveness, advance our clean future and help realize our global climate change goals.


"Green infrastructure is key to building our clean economy. Canada is committed to investing in smart grid technology and working with industry to build cleaner, safer, better-connected electricity systems that will also create well-paying jobs for middle-class Canadians."

Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources 

"ENMAX Power is committed to advancing technology solutions that will meet customer electricity needs today and in the years to come. This innovative project, the first of its kind in Canada, allows us to explore two-way power flow on a segment of the electrical grid that has not historically been able to support this. By advancing this technology, we will be able to build the resiliency of our grid and enable future customer opportunities."

Gianna Manes, ENMAX President and CEO


Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada

Emerson Vandenberg
Acting Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Natural Resources


Gina Sutherland
Media Relations Specialist

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