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Alectra’s Drive @Work program installs 10 new EV chargers in Mississauga

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November 29, 2022

Mississauga, ON – In collaboration with the City of Mississauga, Alectra announced its installation of ten level-2 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the underground parking lot of the Mississauga Central Library located at 301 Burnhamthorpe Rd W.

Level-2 chargers provide more rapid charging service to EV batteries and are a practical option for public charging applications. Alectra’s multi-year pilot program, AlectraDrive @Work, is designed to understand how managed smart charging can reduce customer bills and the need to invest in upgrading infrastructure. In the first phase of the project, chargers were installed at the Markham Civic Centre and at Alectra’s Head Office in Mississauga.

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Ontario Energy Association (OEA) names Alectra 'Company of the Year'

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September 20, 2022

Mississauga, ON – At its annual Energy Awards ceremony on September 19, 2022, the Ontario Energy Association (OEA) honoured Alectra with the prestigious “Company of the Year” award. The award comes as the company celebrates its 5th Anniversary since commencing business operations in 2017.

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Alectra’s GRE&T Centre 2021 Annual Report highlights the innovation hub’s achievements

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June 27, 2022

Guelph, ON – Alectra Inc. released the Alectra Green Energy and Technology Centre (GRE&T Centre) 2021 Annual Report entitled, “Where great minds collaborate to power a better tomorrow.”

The Alectra GRE&T Centre was established in 2019. It is the company’s innovation facility dedicated to identifying, evaluating, developing, and accelerating new, clean, and customer-friendly energy solutions. These include e-mobility (EV) adoption projects and distributed energy resource (DER) demand response activation pilots.

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New EV Chargers Coming to Ontario

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April 29, 2022

St. Catharines, ON – Today, Chris Bittle, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, announced a $250,000 investment in Alectra Energy Services to install 50 Level 2 EV chargers across St. Catharines, Barrie and Markham.

Funded through Natural Resources Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program, all chargers will be available to Ontarians this spring. Alectra Energy Services also contributed more than $710,000, bringing the total project cost to more than $960,000.

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IESO-York Region Non-Wires Alternatives demo project enters Year 2

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February 26, 2022

With support from Natural Resources Canada, Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator has undertaken a demonstration project in York Region to explore market-based approaches to secure energy and capacity services from distributed energy resources (DERs) for local needs, while co-ordinating across the electricity system.

A key objective of the IESO-York Region Non-Wires Alternatives (NWA) demonstration project is to better understand the potential of using DERs in place of traditional poles-and-wires infrastructure by having them operate in real-world applications. The project is funded through IESO’s Grid Innovation Fund and Natural Resources Canada, and is being delivered by Alectra Utilities, the local distribution company.

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Ontario Investigating Options for New Ultra-Low Overnight Electricity Rate

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February 9, 2022

New electricity price plan could reduce electricity bills, benefit shift workers and support electric vehicle adoption Mississauga, ON – Ontario’s Energy Minister Todd Smith has asked the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to provide him with options to implement a new ultra-low overnight Time-of-Use electricity price plan as the province continues to provide Ontario families with more ways to save money and take more control of their energy bills. The new ultra-low overnight rate could help shift workers and residential consumers that use more electricity at night save money while supporting electric vehicle (EV) adoption, by reducing overnight EV charging costs when province-wide electricity demand is lower.

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2021

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Southern California Edison and Toronto-based Alectra Utilities join the California Mobility Center’s fast growing member roster

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October 27, 2021

The California Mobility Center (CMC) announced today that Southern California Edison and Alectra Utilities have signed Member agreements with the CMC. The innovative evolution of the energy grid and renewable resources are key success factors for future mobility. Both companies will be represented on the board of directors.

Alectra Utilities’ CEO Brian Bentz, and Caroline Choi, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs at Southern California Edison (SCE) and its parent company, Edison International (EIX), join the CMC’s Board of Directors, which is comprised of some of the most prominent leaders and innovators in the future mobility industry.

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Southern California Edison, Alectra Utilities join California Mobility Center

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October 27, 2021

Two major utility providers serving millions of customers in Southern California and Canada recently struck membership agreements with the California Mobility Center.

The CMC is a nonprofit, public-private entity focused on innovations in clean technology. The center partners with clean technology leaders with the goal of making the Sacramento region an innovative hub in the global development of transportation technologies and manufacturing through its research center and prototype development lab.

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Alectra, Enbridge Gas and City of Markham team up to minimize GHG emissions, maximize grid benefits

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October 21, 2021

The City of Markham, Alectra and Enbridge Gas are pleased to share a unique collaboration, the POWER.HOUSE Hybrid pilot, that aims to empower households in Markham to generate and store clean energy while initiating a move towards Net-Zero Energy Emission homes. Partially funded by Natural Resources Canada, the POWER.HOUSE Hybrid pilot project has now completed the deployment across 10 residential homes in Markham to integrate a set of controllable electrical and thermal equipment into a Virtual Power Plant (VPP) platform.
 
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Alectra’s Neetika Sathe and Sara Ganowski recognized as Canada’s Clean50 Sustainability Leaders

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September 29, 2021

Alectra celebrates Neetika Sathe, Vice President, Green Energy and Technology (GRE&T) Centre for being named as a Clean50 individual leader, and Sara Ganowski, Smart Cities Specialist, for being named as a Clean50 Emerging Leader by Canada’s Clean50. Canada’s Clean50 Awards are announced annually by Delta Management Group and recognize 50 Clean50 individuals, 20 Emerging Leaders, and 5 Lifetime achievement award winners. The winners are nominated from 16 categories and represent individuals who endeavor to facilitate understanding, collaboration, and innovation in the fight against climate change.

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Ontario Energy Association (OEA) recognizes Alectra for Innovation

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September 27, 2021

At its annual Energy Awards ceremony, the Ontario Energy Association (OEA) honoured Alectra with the prestigious ‘2021 OEA Innovation Award’. The annual Energy Awards recognize OEA members for their achievements in the Ontario energy sector. The annual Energy Awards recognize OEA members for their achievements in the Ontario energy sector. This year, Alectra received the Innovation Award, and was recognized for its breakthrough ideas, new technology, and creative adaptation of existing technology.

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Alectra launches GridExchange, an Innovative Transactive Energy Platform

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August 19, 2021

Alectra’s Green Energy & Technology Centre (GRE&T Centre) takes another pioneering step in enabling clean energy choices with the launch of a transactive energy platform, GridExchange.

Funded by Natural Resources Canada and in partnership with Sunverge, Savage Data, and FLO, GridExchange is a blockchain-based software platform that enables customers with distributed energy resources (DERs) such as solar panels, battery storage, and electric vehicles to participate in an energy marketplace with Alectra. The three-month long pilot program engages 21 Ontario households across Vaughan, Markham, Barrie, Richmond Hill and Hamilton.

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The GRE&T Centre 2020 Annual Report highlights the achievements of Alectra’s innovation hub during its second year of operation

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July 14, 2021

Alectra Inc. has released the Alectra Green Energy and Technology Centre (GRE&T Centre) 2020 Annual Report entitled, “Where great minds collaborate to power a better tomorrow.” Alectra established the GRE&T Centre in 2019 as a dedicated innovation facility to identify, evaluate, develop, and accelerate new clean and 
customer-friendly energy solutions for its customers and for its communities. The 2020 annual report, which is the second annual report for the GRE&T Centre since its launch in January 2019, highlights the achievements of Alectra’s innovation hub during its second year of operation.

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Alectra named to Corporate Knights Best 50 Corporate Citizens list

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July 08, 2021

Alectra Inc. has once again been named among the top companies in Corporate Knights’ annual sustainability ranking. Corporate Knights released its annual Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada list, which highlights Canadian companies that are top sustainability performers. The results are based on up to 24 key performance indicators (KPIs) covering resource management, employee management, financial management, clean revenue and clean investment, and supplier performance. Selected from a pool of 271 Canadian companies, Alectra earned the 15th spot on this year’s list.

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Alectra announces plans to be Net-Zero Emissions by 2050

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May 17, 2021

Alectra Inc today announced it will be a net-zero emissions company by 2050, making it one of the first energy distribution companies in Ontario to commit to a target and a timeline for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. By 2025, Alectra plans to reduce its corporate operations GHG emissions by 38 percent, compared to a 2016 baseline, and will reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

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Alectra collaborates with Activate!Vaughan Smart City Challenge on E-mobility

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February 16, 2021

The City of Vaughan in partnership with the province of Ontario, York Region, The HUB, Alectra Utilities, Mackenzie Health, Mackenzie Innovation Institute (Mi2), ventureLAB and Vaughan Public Libraries, is calling on entrepreneurs to pitch smart city solutions in four challenge areas: Electric Mobility, Municipal Services Route Optimization, Age-friendly Communities and Intelligent Placemaking. 

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IESO York Region NWA Project: A Ground-breaking Electricity Market

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February 16, 2021

Homeowners, supermarket operators, manufacturers and other local organizations are stepping up to compete to provide electricity supply in York Region. This diverse group of providers have been selected through an auction to help meet growing local energy needs by either generating electricity on site or reducing their electricity use on demand. Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has partnered with Alectra Utilities to launch a ground-breaking electricity market that will test new supply options to address accelerating demand that is likely to exceed local system capabilities within the next 10 years.

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2020

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Canadian experts guide local data trust pilot

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December 10, 2020

The Guelph-Wellington Smart Cities Initiative HA launched two important data focused our food future projects: the food Future data hub and the formation of a data utility advisory committee. Alectra Utilities is proud to be co-chair with the work with Smart Cities Office on the Advisory Committee to help explore specific use cases to make connections between businesses and public/private organizations to realize value in data.  

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IESO YORK REGION NWA PROJECT

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November 25, 2020

Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has partnered with Alectra Utilities to launch a ground-breaking electricity market that will test new supply options to address accelerating demand that is likely to exceed local system capabilities within the next 10 years.

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Alectra’s Anastasia Boutziouvis named to Corporate Knights Top 30 Under 30

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November 10, 2020

Anastasia Boutziouvis, Specialist, Green Energy and Technology (GRE&T) Centre, Alectra Inc. was designated as one of the top 30 under 30 sustainability leaders from Corporate Knights in recognition of her contributions and work towards combating climate change. Annually, Corporate Knights recognizes changemakers leading the charge for a better more sustainable world through their top 30 under 30 leadership awards.

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Alectra is ‘leading the charge’ on electric vehicles

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September 29, 2020

Plug’n Drive and the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) have awarded Alectra Utilities with the ‘Tom Mitchell Electric Vehicle Utility Leadership Award’ for its programs: AlectraDrive @WorkAlectraDrive @HomeGridExchangeAdvantage Power Pricing and York University Electric Bus Simulation Study. All of these initiatives operate out of Alectra’s Green Energy & Technology Centre (GRE&T Centre).

"We appreciate receiving this award from Plug’n Drive and the CEA," said Brian Bentz, President and CEO, Alectra Inc. "The work that the GRE&T Centre does is an important part of our effort to help build a clean energy future and embrace new technologies to help our customers."

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Alectra recognized as Public Power Utility of the Year by SEPA

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July 28, 2020

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) announced the winners of its 2020 SEPA Power Players Awards, which recognize efforts in project or program design, unique partnerships, stakeholder engagement, and more.

“This year’s Power Players winners showcase innovation in clean energy,” said SEPA president & CEO Julia Hamm. “They are spearheading the visionary projects, innovative programs, and collaborative partnerships that will accelerate the transition to a clean and modern energy future.”

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FleetCarma is proud to be a part of the exciting new AlectraDrive @Home program

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July 23, 2020

FleetCarma is proud to be a part of the exciting new AlectraDrive @Home program. Alectra Utilities is teaming up with numerous industry experts in order to help promote EV adoption, improve access to charging stations and better understand how to integrate electric vehicles with the grid.

EV owners in the Alectra Utilities service territory will receive a free FleetCarma telematics device, as well as other financial incentives, for participating in this innovative program.

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Alectra Utilities named Public Power Utility of the Year by the Smart Electric Power Alliance

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July 23, 2020

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) has named Alectra Utilities the Public Power Utility of the Year as part of its 2020 Power Players Awards. Alectra is the first Canadian Utility to win this prestigious award. Alectra is being recognized for the achievements of its innovation hub, the Green Energy & Technology Centre (GRE&T Centre).

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IESO York Region non-wires alternatives demonstration project

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July 3, 2020

The IESO is launching an engagement on the upcoming IESO York Region non-wires alternatives demonstration project which is planned to commence later this year in southern York Region. The IESO and Alectra Utilities, the project delivery partner, will present an overview and seek feedback on the draft Demonstration Project Rules for the project and describe requirements for participants.

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2020 SEPA Power Players Award Finalists

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June 29, 2020

Alectra Utilities is one of the 2020 Smart Electric Power Alliance finalists in the Public Power Utility category. This category celebrates Public Power Utility which demonstrates industry leadership through unique innovation in an effort to significantly advance clean energy, DERs, grid modernization and its value as a resource to help meet the needs of their electricity consumers.

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Corporate Knights ranks Alectra #3 in Canada on Best 50 Corporate Citizens list

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June 25, 2020

Alectra Inc. has been named among the top three companies in Corporate Knights’ annual sustainability ranking. Corporate Knights released its annual Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada list, which highlights Canadian companies that are top sustainability performers.

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