Natural Resources Canada has awarded funding to develop a Smart Energy Scorecard for utilities to benchmark their decarbonization.

The US$815,115 ($630,570) Smart Grid Innovation Network award aims to engage the country’s utilities in developing the scorecard, which is planned to record ambitions, activities and progress towards Canada’s 2050 goal d. for net zero.

As such, it aims to support utilities and enable them to identify and share best practices for grid modernization across the country.

“While Canada already has one of the cleanest grids in the world, we know we can and must produce more clean electricity to power a low-carbon economy and build a more sustainable future,” said Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.

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“That’s why the Government is delighted to support the development of a Smart Energy Scorecard, which makes it easier for utilities to raise their ambition, outline their targets and measure their progress towards achieving a net-zero electricity grid.”

The Smart Grid Innovation Network is a network of leaders in Canada’s smart energy sector focused on supporting deployment to drive the country’s clean energy transition.

The network works with members Dunsky Energy + Climate Advisors, Siemens, the Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS) innovation organization and the University of New Brunswick.

The award was made by Natural Resources Canada from its Smart Renewables and Electrification Program worth $1.56 billion for renewable energy and grid modernization projects over the four years from 2021 to 2025.

Among recent actions, the Smart Grid Innovation Network has introduced an online smart energy supply chain database to link the country’s expertise with capability needs and oversee the development and deployment of electric vehicles.

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