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The best way to accurately define the term ‘smart grid’ is often debated partly because the term is used in different contexts.

The concept is actually simple — it is the addition of two-way communications, control and automation capabilities to the existing power grid to make it more reliable, flexible, efficient, clean, safe and customer-friendly.

The addition of smart technology to the grid allows power to be distributed more efficiently and reliably. It allows homeowners and businesses to use electricity more economically. The smart grid can also integrate highly variable renewable energy sources like wind and solar. Electricity generation can flow in two directions from centralized power generating stations out to consumers or from consumers and businesses back into the grid.

The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) has authored a number of Smart Grid publications to help increase understanding of the issues and challenges ahead. In addition, CEA provides links to other discussions, fact sheets or events on the topic below:

Smart Grid: A Pragmatic Approach
This discussion paper reviews current smart grid progress, lessons learned and looks at the ongoing challenges that lie ahead.
Click here to download the PDF.

CEA Guideline for the Use and Selection of Smart Grid Standards (Version 1.2 - June 2011)
This document provides a framework to guide end-users (e.g. electric utilities) in selecting the appropriate international, regional and national standards related to smart grid electrical system safety, reliability, compatibility, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and performance.
Click here to download the PDF.

News Items
  • Future of Energy: Smart Grid Story (a special interest feature in Canadian Business, May 2012)
  • Smart Grid Blog (by Anthony Haines, President and CEO – Toronto Hydro Corporation, July 2011)

Fact Sheets  
  • The Smart Grid Summit (an annual event held each June in Toronto for those involved in the generation, transmission or distribution of electricity in Canada)