Veridian unveils innovative conservation and demand management project at local food bank
(Canada Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge)
BELLEVILLE, ON, Sept. 30 /CNW/ - Veridian Connections today unveiled the
installation of an Ice Bear energy storage system at Gleaners Food Bank
in Belleville. The innovative technology enables a powerful change in
how and when energy is consumed for air conditioning. It is being
deployed as part of a pilot project delivered through a partnership
between Veridian and Toronto Hydro, and funded by the Ontario Power
Authority's Conservation Fund.
Developed by Ice Energy, the Ice Bear energy storage system uses
off-peak power to make ice that is later melted during peak hours to
cool buildings. The units consist of a large thermal storage unit that
attaches to an existing roof top air conditioning system. Each unit
holds 1,700 litres of water and has the cooling capacity of a five-tonne
air conditioning unit operating for six hours. The result is an air
conditioning system that uses about 300 watts rather than a traditional
system that uses 6,000 watts during daytime hours of peak electricity
"Veridian is proud to pilot this innovative technology with a
well-respected and vital community resource such as Gleaners Food Bank,
the Ontario Power Authority and Ice Energy," said Michael Angemeer,
Veridian's President and CEO. "Energy storage systems like Ice Bear have
the potential to help customers and utilities improve energy system
efficiency and grid reliability. The pilot also presents an opportunity
to better understand the contribution this technology can provide to
shifting peak demand and reducing greenhouse gasses."
"Gleaners Food Bank is an integral part of the community and has a long
tradition of providing assistance to those in need," said Belleville
Mayor and Veridian Board Member Neil Ellis. "I commend Gleaners for
demonstrating leadership in energy management by piloting this project.
They are doing their part to help the province reduce summer peak
electricity demand while at the same time assisting the less fortunate
in our society."
With the introduction of the Green Energy Act, the Ontario Power
Authority's funding guidelines were updated to allow local distribution
companies (LDCs) to apply for pilot project support through its
Conservation Fund. Veridian, along with Toronto Hydro, are the first
LDCs to take advantage of the change - receiving $350,000 in funding. A
total of 12 Ice Bear units will be installed within the utilities'
respective service areas.
"Ontario is currently leading the way to a cleaner, reliable and
sustainable electricity system," said Colin Andersen, Chief Executive
Officer at the Ontario Power Authority. "One reason we are leading is
because of our commitment to innovation - from our Feed-in Tariff
Program for renewable energy, to our portfolio of conservation programs.
The Ontario Power Authority's Conservation Fund provides a crucial forum
for those harnessing the potential of innovative approaches to
conservation, offsetting the future need to build expensive generation
and giving Ontario a cleaner, greener tomorrow. We are proud to
contribute to this successful project."
Veridian recognizes the importance of energy conservation and is
constantly pursuing conservation opportunities and developing programs
to help its customers conserve electricity and save money. The Ice Bear
pilot reaffirms the company's commitment to finding new and innovative
ways for customers who want to shift their cooling loads to lower priced
off-peak electricity rates, and backs its corporate vision of providing
innovative energy solutions that are the cornerstone for creating the
sustainable communities of tomorrow.
Veridian Connections Inc. safely and reliably delivers electricity to
more than 113,000 customers in the Cities of Pickering and Belleville,
the Towns of Ajax, Port Hope and Gravenhurst, and the communities of
Uxbridge, Bowmanville, Newcastle, Orono, Port Perry, Beaverton,
Sunderland and Cannington. Veridian Connections Inc. is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Veridian Corporation. The City of Pickering, the Town of
Ajax, the Municipality of Clarington and the City of Belleville jointly
own Veridian Corporation.
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