Pilot project on Vancouver Island shifts and shaves energy use

We may be able to reduce load on the Sidney substation without having to build new infrastructure 

A BC Hydro project is testing a number of technologies designed to shift and decrease residential and business power use to reduce peak electricity demand in Sidney and North Saanich on Vancouver Island.

Residential tests focus on hot water heating and storage. And commercial and industrial tests examine adjustments to heating and cooling, refrigeration and lighting systems.

Power Smart Alliance manager Michael Travers says effective efficiency and conservation efforts β€” known as demand side management β€” can help defer the need for new electricity grid infrastructure, reduce the amount of construction in a community and improve the reliability of the electrical system.

"BC Hydro's peak demand occurs in the winter when customer heating loads are highest. To help reduce the winter peak, we're experimenting with a number of programs and techniques," said Travers. "If the project is successful, we may be able to reduce load on the Sidney substation without having to build new infrastructure."

Over the next nine months, the two communities may notice a larger Power Smart presence in the area. To help reduce overall consumption, BC Hydro will encourage businesses and residents to take part in existing incentive programs, and in new promotions for water saving devices for electric water heaters.

We're asking the Power Smart Alliance to help drive even more energy savings in the two communities. Members who complete a commercial or industrial project through Power Smart Express, Power Smart Partners or the Self-Serve Incentive Program between June 1 and September 30 will be recognized in a community newspaper advertisement.

Contact the Alliance program team for more information or to let us know if you will be working on a commercial or industrial Power Smart project in Sidney or North Saanich.

The BC Hydro news report can be found here.