The Energy Storage Canada (ESC) and the Alberta Storage Alliance merged to align their efforts in fostering the country's energy storage market.In a combined statement, the two parties said they will operate as a single organisation to strengthen efforts implemented by ESC and ASA to increase the implementation of energy storage technologies at national and regional levels respectively.
Energy storage adoption
ESC is a national consortium of energy stakeholders in Canada whose task is to ensure utilities achieve reliable grid networks and reduce their carbon footprints by increasing integration of renewable energy, energy storage and grid systems.
ESC aims to boost the North American country’s energy storage market by networking stakeholders in the energy and energy storage sectors, host energy storage advocacy and education programmes.
ASA is an organisation of private sector energy experts with the aim to enhance energy storage adoption in Alberta State.
The Alberta-based energy storage alliance targets to have the province achieve carbon emission reduction targets set under the Climate Leadership Plan by using energy storage to help utilities reduce peak demand periods and shift from fossil fuelled power generation.
The unification of the energy storage alliances results in operations carried out by the Alberta Storage Alliance transferred to a regional division within the ESC named the Alberta Advocacy Council.
Rob Harvey, chairperson of ESC, commented: "There is strong alignment between our organisations and this move will allow us to capitalise on new opportunities."
Jan van Egteren, president of Rocky Mountain Power, added: "Energy storage technologies will be essential to meet Alberta's renewable energy objectives and can greatly optimise our existing infrastructure. Regulatory barriers must be addressed to ensure a level playing field for new technologies.
Energy efficiency adoption
In the last quarter of 2016, the state of Alberta launched three new energy efficiency programmes with the aim to improve grid stability and help reduce the state’s carbon emissions.
The projects were launched under the state’s energy conservation initiative, Energy Efficiency Alberta.
The new energy efficiency programmes namely 'Direct Install', 'Residential Consumer Products' and the 'Business Rebate' are expected to reduce energy costs in Alberta by $5 billion by 2021.
The energy efficiency programmes are expected to reduce carbon emissions equivalent to removing 1 million cars from the road.
The Direct Install programme will help residential consumers in Alberta reduce their energy usage and costs by providing them with energy efficiency equipment including lighting and HVAC systems.
The Residential Consumer Products programme will offer point of sale rebates to residential customers at retail outlets with products such as lighting, insulation and appliances. [Canadian energy firms partner on RE technologies].
The Business Rebates programme will provide businesses, non-profit organisations and institutions with incentives for reducing their energy usage and installing energy efficiency equipment.