We want to offer New Brunswickers the best possible products and services. That’s why we’re currently conducting exciting pilot projects to help us find products and programs that will help lower our customers’ bills as well as electricity demand.
These projects allow us to test technology that will allow us to shift the amount of electricity being used by New Brunswick homes and businesses to times of the day when demand isn’t so high. This shift will allow us to avoid using expensive fossil fuels to generate power to meet these periods of peak demand, provide low and stable rates for our customers, help them to reduce their power consumption with potential savings on their bills while playing a key role in reducing New Brunswick’s environmental footprint.
Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR) Research and Demonstration Pilot Project
NB Power has partnered with Siemens, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the National Research Council (NRC) on a Grid Modernization Research and Demonstration Pilot Project to study how we can conserve energy in New Brunswick by means of voltage reduction.
Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR) is a proven technology used by utilities to better manage distribution system voltages in order to improve grid efficiency, all without compromising power quality.
Approximately 5,000 NB Power customers in specific areas of the province will be a part of this research and demonstration pilot project over the next 12 months. Out of these 5,000, approximately 700 customers will require upgraded meters, which will be installed at no cost to them. These meters have been used in other jurisdictions to carry out similar pilot projects.
This project will allow us to determine and measure the potential to reduce voltage to obtain energy savings, peak reduction in the future and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, all which will help make New Brunswick greener.
First Nation direct install pilot program
This program aims to help NB Power contribute to First Nations communities environmental stewardship by installing energy-efficient products in First Nations communities across NB. By focusing on homes with high energy bills, the goal is to help increase efficiency of homes for future generations. This project will initially see the installation of energy efficient devices in approximately 130 homes in participating First Nations communities across New Brunswick to determine the potential to expand the program in the future.
We partnered with the National Research Council and Siemens Canada to see how we can ‘beat the peak’ and avoid a big surge in electricity demand on winter mornings in New Brunswick by using smart thermostats. Reducing the peak helps reduce or eliminate the need to burn fossil fuels to generate electricity to help make New Brunswick greener.
Visit our smart thermostat page to find out about this first-of-its kind research project.
Smart water heaters
Heating water during the night when there is low demand for energy is the way to avoid peaks in the morning and evening. NB Power’s Smart Water Heater pilot involves currently 64 participants and will continue until the end of August 2016. As of the beginning of March, about 63 KW of energy was shifted, which equals about 21 hours of heating a 40 gallon water heater.
These water heaters are new to the market and allow the tanks to heat up during off peak hours. This enables customer to continue to enjoy nice hot showers when they need it, while helping to reduce their carbon footprint by shifting when their water heats up.