On June 22, 2021, the OEB and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) announced a partnership between the IESO’s Grid Innovation Fund and the OEB Innovation Sandbox to support pilot projects seeking to test how to derive value from distributed energy resources.
Seven projects, five of which received support from the Innovation Sandbox, represent a total investment of $56.4 million and will accelerate the adoption of local energy projects to help communities play an increasing role in providing for their own energy needs. Read the March 30, 2022, April 14, 2022, and April 22, 2022, news releases for more information.
- Local Businesses Supporting Grid Needs – This project will demonstrate a streamlined approach to participate, measure and verify the capability of a group of resources from 11 different businesses across the province to either reduce their electricity use and/or leverage on-site batteries to meet real-time energy needs of the grid.
Partners include: Enel X North America and 11 host sites throughout Ontario.
- A Local Electricity Market for Windsor-Essex – Designing and implementing a real-time, local electricity market for Essex Powerlines customers who can supply electricity or reduce electricity use on demand to provide services to the local and/or provincial grid. This will help meet growing local and provincial electricity needs in the Leamington area.
Partners: Essex Powerlines, NODES, Essex Energy Corp., Utilismart Corp.
- Demonstrating the Benefits of Simultaneously Providing Local and Provincial Capacity – Determining how a local distribution company can run a demand response program to meet local needs while also providing capacity to the provincial grid from the same resources. This project will explore co-ordination activities between local and provincial grids and quantify customer benefits.
Partners: Toronto Hydro, Power Advisory LLC, Ryerson Centre for Urban Energy
- A Campus Demonstration of Energy Resources – Demonstrating the capabilities of a group of various energy resources on the Ontario Tech University campus to provide local and provincial grid services.
Partners: Peak Power Inc., Oshawa Power and Utilities Corp., Ontario Tech University
- Managing Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging During Peak Demand Periods – This project is using artificial intelligence to mitigate grid congestion by delaying or curtailing EV charging and activating front-of-the-meter batteries to smooth out demand peaks and take advantage of lower cost energy at off-peak times.
Partners: BluWave-ai, Hydro Ottawa, Moment Energy, Area X.O operated by Invest Ottawa