2019 / Generation

Finding an answer to urban gridlock

While energy consumers on Calgary’s standard distribution network have been able to generate electricity from solar and sell power back to the grid for roughly a decade, in Calgary and many urban settings across North America, there is also a highly specialized and reliable secondary network that doesn’t allow for two-way power flow.

ENMAX is the first utility in Canada to propose a solution to this unique type of ‘grid lock’.

With funding from Natural Resources Canada and Alberta Innovates, ENMAX is demonstrating how innovative modifications to the network’s highly specialized hardware, software and communication systems could allow for two-way power flow on a segment of the grid that has not historically been able to support it.

By advancing this technology, ENMAX will give customers in urban settings more choice – unlocking the potential for further small-scale clean energy generation not only in Calgary, but in other cities that face the same challenges.

ENMAX is the first utility in Canada to propose a solution to this unique type of ‘grid lock’.

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