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Canada Invests in Smart Energy Benchmarking to Decarbonize Electricity Grid

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Across the country, Canadians are feeling the impacts of climate change. Investing in renewable energy initiatives that support Canada’s clean energy transition and lead to decarbonized, smart, and integrated utilities will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This will help keep our air clean and support stronger, healthier communities for everyone to call home.

Today, Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John–Rothesay, New Brunswick, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, announced an investment of $815,115 for the Smart Grid Innovation Network Canada (SGIN) to support electric utilities across Canada on the decarbonization and expansion of Canada’s electricity grid through the Smart Energy Benchmarking Project.

The project will support electric utilities across Canada in preparing for the energy transition by engaging with Canadian utilities on the development of a Smart Energy Scorecard that will serve as a benchmark for their ambitions, activities and progress toward a clean, smart and electrified energy future.

SGIN is working with members Dunsky Energy + Climate Advisors, Siemens, the Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS) and the University of New Brunswick to support Canada’s clean energy transition and, in the long term, lead to renewable energy projects that reduce GHG emissions.

Federal funding for this project is provided by Natural Resources Canada’s $1.56-billion Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways (SREPs) program. This program will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by enabling increased renewable energy capacity that will provide essential grid services while contributing to Canada’s net-zero targets by 2050, which will improve public health by creating cleaner, more breathable air.

Canada’s 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan: Clean Air, Strong Economy ensures Canada will remain a world leader in clean power. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting local solutions and community-driven projects that will build a clean energy future for all. Together, we are building healthier, greener and more energy-resilient communities for future generations.

SOURCE Natural Resources Canada

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