PowerStream (now Alectra Energy Solutions) has been an active player in the electric mobility space for several years, and is proud to have played a leading role in supporting the deployment of these transformative technologies.
The utility first began its commitment to promoting electric mobility with the purchase of two Nissan LEAFs in 2011, making it the first organization in Canada to include electric vehicles in its fleet. PowerStream also offered a vehicle incentive program to its employees and installed charging stations at its offices.
In 2012, PowerStream partnered with Nissan to demonstrate technology at the Georgian College Auto Show, which allowed for a fully or partially charged battery in an electric vehicle to provide power to a residential property. Referred to as ‘vehicle-to-home” (V2H) and developed by the Nissan Motor Company, the technology will one day be an option to help Ontario homeowners on time-of-use (TOU) rates, who own a Nissan LEAF, better manage their electricity costs through load shifting and to provide a backup power source for their homes for up to four hours during an outage.
In the following year, PowerStream partnered with Georgian College and Ford Motor Company to further research the capabilities and benefits of electric vehicle technology. Together, the organizations installed a solar power-assisted charging station at the College’s campus. The station allows for Electrical and other Engineering students to analyze the impact and opportunities that electric vehicles create for electric utilities and society in general. The students’ research produced recommendations on how best to manage vehicle charging patterns to optimize electricity use patterns and the electricity distribution system.
In 2014, PowerStream commissioned the first multi-standard DC Quick Charge (Level 3) charger in Ontario, compatible with CHAdeMO and CCS Combo standards. This charger provides free public access to vehicle charging at its head office in Vaughan, ON. Also in 2014, PowerStream commissioned the first commercial Vehicle-to-Grid charger in North America, which is integrated into its Vaughan office’s microgrid. This system enables the microgrid to be powered by a Nissan LEAF – or for the LEAF to be charged by the microgrid-controlled solar carport or wind turbine. Also in 2015, PowerStream supported the City of Markham to install a DC Quick Charge station at the Markham Civic Centre, which is available for public access 24x7x365 days a year.
Alectra Energy Solutions continues to take a leadership role with respect to electric mobility as this field grows. Currently it is developing projects promoting workplace EV charging, price response for charging stations and incentives for overnight EV charging. It also contributes to policy development through stakeholder groups such as the Electricity Distributors Association and Electric Mobility Canada.
Alectra Inc. serves approximately one million customers across a 1,800 sq. km service territory and 15 communities including Alliston, Aurora, Barrie, Beeton, Brampton, Bradford, Hamilton, Markham, Mississauga, Penetanguishene, Richmond Hill, St. Catharines, Thornton, Tottenham and Vaughan. The Alectra family of companies includes Alectra Inc. (Mississauga), Alectra Utilities Corporation (Hamilton) and Alectra Energy Solutions Inc. (Vaughan).
EV2017VÉ Conference & Trade Show
May 29th to June 1st, 2017 | Hilton-Toronto, Markham, Ontario, CANADA
Mark your calendar for EV2017VÉ Conference & Trade Show! Don’t miss out unique plenary and technical sessions, academic workshops and technical tours! Our popular Ride N’ Drive for the general public will be taking place on May 29, 2017.