Electrification and Grid Integration
Technology and innovation can support a reliable, zero emissions electricity system, from reducing the GHG footprint of the electricity supply mix to increasing the deployment of renewable energy to enabling a smarter electricity grid to efficiently power Canadian homes, businesses, and transportation.
Most global assessments of pathways to reduce GHG emissions consider a major transition in electricity systems dominated by improved efficiency, the elimination of coal, increase in renewable energy, eliminating the internal combustion engine from our roadways, and technologies that include storage and carbon removal or capture. This will require significant expansion of electricity capacity, transmission, distribution and integration, as current sources of fossil-fuel based power and heat (e.g. in transportation and buildings) will shift to electricity.
Driven by zero and low-emissions baseload power and flexible capacity solutions, Canada’s electricity system has an opportunity to respond and support an increasingly electrified and highly efficient energy system. Ambitious efforts to understand and act on the specific regional opportunities for electricity grid expansion and integration are limited. The Accelerator will tackle this challenge.
The Northeast Electrification and Decarbonization Alliance (NEDA) is proposed as a collaborative process among stakeholders in the eight separately operated balancing areas making up the eastern Canadian and northeastern U.S. electrical system.
Regional integration in the electricity sector across the North American Northeast can bring substantial benefits in reducing greenhouse…