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TEKsystems delivered high-quality consultants with niche skill sets to support a massive, multiyear smart grid initiative in a remote region in Canada.
Ultimately, the team would support the utility’s strategy of reducing and shifting in-province demand for electricity that would defer the need for new investments in generation, and optimize the system to capture operating and fuel savings.
TEKsystems’ team of smart grid management consultants is responsible for helping the utility reduce demand in terms of voltage. The hydro generating station that is deteriorating currently generates approximately 800 megawatts. The end client plans to replace 200 megawatts with solar power. The smart grid will need to be able to compensate for the remaining 600 megawatts of energy by 2023.
Since beginning the project in the fall of 2014, the consultant team we provided has had no turnover. In fact, the TEKsystems consultants are currently the only revenue-generating consultants dedicated to this transformation initiative. Our team continues working toward the end goal of reducing demand and shifting it away from the failing hydro generating station.
For example, one way our consultants have reduced demand is through a smart water heater project. Through behavior and usage, the smart water heater learns how much hot water each consumer needs and ensures only enough hot water is kept. It heats during off-peak hours to reduce the amount of power required to heat the water.
The TEKsystems consultants are also supporting the development of an integrated load management virtual power plant that will help manage customer demand and further work to achieve emission and reduction targets. Because commercial buildings have significant thermal storage capacity, an estimated 20 commercial and industrial facilities will be under the control of the virtual power plant—with the goal to shift demand during peak winter heating periods and optimize the overall electrical system within the province.
As the end client, the utility, and our client, the engineering firm, continue exploring ways to reduce and shift demand over the course of this multiyear comprehensive smart grid program, TEKsystems will be prepared to accommodate evolving staffing needs.