General Electric will help PowerStream build their first joint microgrid project that will demonstrate how Ontario consumers and utilities may be able to generate and distribute their own energy using renewable resources.
the project, GE is providing its Grid IQ Microgrid Control System (MCS) as well
as engineering design services. The microgrid will use solar and wind
resources, a natural gas generator and energy storage devices including GE’s
Durathon Battery technology.
will provide electricity for loads at PowerStream’s headquarters in Vaughn,
Ontario, including lighting, air conditioning, refrigeration and electric
the MCS, PowerStream can determine when it is most economical to use the
resources powering its microgrid or when they need to revert to using power
from the provincial power grid.
GE MCS will give PowerStream the ability to monitor, track and forecast load,
generation and storage resources throughout the microgrid. By maximizing the
use of distributed energy resources, PowerStream will be able to provide power
in the most economical method possible,” says Juan Macias, general manager, grid
automation, at GE’s Digital Energy business.
microgrid demonstration project marks the next phase of its efforts to support
smart grid development at the provincial level and leverage innovative “smart”
technologies in Ontario’s electricity sector.