PowerShift Atlantic (PSA), an international award-winning demonstration project, was partially funded by Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Energy Projects. The research project kicked off in October of 2010 in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. New Brunswick Power Corporation (NBPC)led the collaborative consortium of other Maritime electrical utilities and an academic partner which included Maritime Electric Company Limited (MECL), Saint John Energy (SJE), Nova Scotia Power Incorporated (NSPI) and the University of New Brunswick (UNB).
The objective of the demonstration research project was “to learn through doing” and determine if customer loads could be shifted (from a technical perspective), leveraging smart grid technologies to allow for more effective integration of renewable wind generation and to discover if this could be accomplished in a cost effective way. The Quantum Smart Electric Thermal Storage System was deployed in homes in a small portion of the NB Power residential research and was used for demand side management. Maritime commercial and residential customers participated in the demonstration project which ended in March 2015.