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  • Smart Grid Innovation Network Welcomes the Coming Energy Revolution

    In 2012, Siemens Canada partnered with NB Power to develop a comprehensive smart grid vision for the province of New Brunswick. The following year it invested in smart grid research projects at the University of New Brunswick (UNB). In 2016, the three organizations combined their efforts to create the Smart Grid Innovation Network (SGIN), solidifying

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  • New Brunswick’s SimpTek: One of Canada’s Companies to Watch

    SimpTek Technologies is a Fredericton-based startup helping power utilities and their customers understand energy usage through data collection. The company was recently named one of Canada’s Companies-to-Watch at the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 awards. They were the only company in the Maritime Provinces to receive this recognition. We spoke with Keelen Gagnon, Chief Operating Officer,

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  • New Brunswick Startup Brings Sensor Technology to the Smart Grid

    Trispectra Innovation is an early-stage startup developing smart sensors for use with a power company’s distribution lines. These sensors allow Trispectra’s platform to instantly identify, and locate fault-creating events in near real-time, allowing utilities to better optimize their service outage response. CEO Emmanuel Albert says the company is also developing a predictive analytics platform to

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  • Year in Review: Our 10 Most Popular Posts from 2016’s Second Half

    As we prepare to take a break from new content for the holiday season, we thought we would take a look back at our most popular blog posts from the back half of 2016. Check out the most-read posts from the first half here. Below are our 10 most popular posts from the past six

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  • New Accelerator to Help New Brunswick Lead in Cybersecurity and Smart Grid

    The University of New Brunswick (UNB) has already been recognized as the most entrepreneurial post-secondary institution in Canada. Now, through its J. Herbert Smith Technology Management & Entrepreneurship Centre (TME), the University is establishing a new accelerator focused on the energy/smart grid, cleantech, and cybersecurity sectors. Based in Fredericton, Energia Ventures will support startups and R&D

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  • These Entrepreneurs are Bringing Canadian Innovation to the Smart Grid

    Electricity usage fluctuates throughout the day, with significant spikes in both the morning and early evening. These fluctuations cause huge issues for utilities as they are forced to run more power plants in order to meet increased demand. Three Canadian entrepreneurs look to solve those challenges and help consumers save money in the process. Recent

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  • New Brunswick: Leading the Smart Grid Initiative

    NB Power is the provincial power utility for the province of New Brunswick. In existence for almost 100 years, it is mandated through provincial legislation to provide a reliable supply of electricity to its residential, commercial, and industrial customers at low and stable rates. By 2020, the utility is expected to have 40 percent of

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  • SimpTek: Bringing New Brunswick’s Innovation Power to the Smart Grid

    Faced with aging infrastructure, electrical utilities are increasingly looking into smart grid technology to enhance and control their grids, and to get a better handle on load management. Smart grid projects, however, only work efficiently with participation from end customers. Utilities are also spending money on traditional campaigns that often show no significant amount of

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