PowerShift Atlantic Smart Grid Demonstration of a Virtual Power Plant (Webinar)

2 July 2014

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PresentationIntroduction to the webinar and panelists

Presentation—Michel Losier and Praveen Rosario: Engaging Customers in Smart Grid Technology

Presentation—Jen Hiscock: Canadian Smart Grid Development and Demonstration

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The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the International Smart Grid Action Network, hosted this webinar on the PowerShift Atlantic research project.

Launched in 2010, PowerShift Atlantic (PSA) is a collaborative research and demonstration initiative focused on finding more effective ways to integrate wind energy into our electricity system, with demonstration programs for residential and commercial customers underway across the Maritime Provinces in Atlantic Canada. Currently, PSA has a total of 16.5 MW of connected load and roughly 1,250 customers.

The project focuses on leveraging distributed energy resources, such as thermal storage solutions, to better integrate renewables. A virtual power plant has been developed and is currently in operation, dynamically shifting customer loads, such as water heating, electric thermal storage solutions, and building HVAC systems.

A Clean Energy Fund project through Natural Resources Canada, PSA is led by NB Power, in partnership with Saint John Energy, Maritime Electric, Nova Scotia Power, New Brunswick System Operator, the University of New Brunswick, the Government of New Brunswick and the Government of Prince Edward Island.

This webinar featured a project overview, followed by a question and answer session.


Michel LosierMichel Losier, P.Eng.
Program Director, PowerShift Atlantic, New Brunswick Power Corporation
Director, Customer Engagement, New Brunswick Power Corporation

Michel is the Program Director of PowerShift Atlantic, a Natural Resources Canada, Clean Energy Fund project. As well, he is the Director of Customer Engagement for Reduce and Shift Demand at New Brunswick Power Corporation. He is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick in Mechanical Engineering (1984) and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick. Michel and his team has been working diligently on collaborative and innovative solutions, engaging customers and leveraging new energy storage technologies to better integrate renewables such as wind in the Maritimes.

Praveen RosarioPraveen Rosario, M.Sc.E., Systems Integration Lead, PowerShift Atlantic, Stantec Consulting Ltd.; Electrical Engineer, Power – Canada East, Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Praveen is the Systems Integration Lead for the PowerShift Atlantic project. He holds M.Sc.E. (Electrical Engineering, 2011) and B.Sc.E. (Electrical Engineering, 2008) degrees from the University of New Brunswick. He has industrial and academic experience in distributed power generation, smart grid, power system design and analysis, and optimization techniques. Praveen and his team have designed and implemented two Virtual Power Plants as part of the PowerShift Atlantic project, and they are monitoring and evaluating the end-to-end solution through the demonstration phase of the project. Praveen is also actively involved in the development of the project business case.

Jen Hiscock, MMSc., Science & Technology Advisor, Natural Resources Canada

Jen Hiscock works with the CanmetENERGY research labs at Natural Resources Canada on smart grid development and the integration of renewable and distributed energy resources. She represents Canada as a national expert in the IEA - International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), and facilitates knowledge exchange and collaboration on smart grid projects in Canada as manager of the Canada Smart Grid Action Network. With engineering and business degrees, Jen studies the dynamics of innovation surrounding the technology and policy development of smart grid and distributed energy resources.