PUC Distribution, the designated electricity Local Distribution Company (LDC) for the City of Sault Ste. Marie in Ontario, Canada, together with its operating affiliate PUC Services, announced they are partnering with Fluence, a global energy storage technology and services company, to bring innovative energy management solutions to their largest customers.
The partnership should result in cost savings on these customers’ monthly energy bills and a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Fluence, jointly owned by Siemens and the AES Corporation, will work with PUC Services to help better manage energy delivery during peak demand, while contributing to Canada’s strict new federal carbon reduction mandates.
Fluence will provide their energy storage technology and accompanying engineering, procurement and construction services for a variety of energy management solutions. Together, the companies will focus on helping business customers to shift their energy consumption away from periods of high demand to those times when energy use is lower.
This shift will reduce the need for additional peak-period generation powered by fossil fuels, enabling companies to use more energy generated by zero-carbon and lower-cost sources such as nuclear and renewables — such as wind and solar.
“We are always looking for innovative ways to help our customers save money and reduce their carbon footprint,” said Rob Brewer, CEO of PUC Services. “This partnership provides us with a slate of important new tools, including large-scale energy storage and management solutions, to further that goal.” Fluence brings to the partnership over a decade of experience deploying industrial-grade energy storage solutions, with over 575 MW of projects deployed or awarded in 16 countries.
“Combining a strong local presence in Canada through Siemens and global expertise helping businesses manage energy costs with storage, our team stands ready to put what we’ve learned to work in Canada,” said Dan Wishnick, Managing Director at Fluence. “We’re excited to work with a forward-thinking municipality like Sault Ste. Marie on this innovative program, and offer innovative energy storage options that drive down costs for businesses in the region.”
“This is a great step forward for our city. It will make doing business in Sault Ste. Marie less costly than anywhere else in the province of Ontario,” said Sault Ste. Marie Mayor Christian Provenzano. “An announcement like this so shortly after the Smart Grid project announcement sends a pretty clear message that not only is Sault Ste. Marie open for business – but it is a community that isn’t afraid to embrace innovative industries or projects.”
This effort supports the government of Canada’s target to reduce GHG emissions by 80% by 2050 relative to 2005 levels, which was announced in late 2017 as part of its renewal and expansion of greening government operations. This partnership is the first of its kind in North America, and will give PUC Distribution, PUC Services and their customers a new set of powerful tools to meet those ambitious goals while delivering savings to business customers on their energy costs.
“I am excited to work with partners like PUC and Fluence to help address issues like carbon emissions with innovative technologies that better utilize existing grid resources, while at the same time minimizing costs to electricity users. Its projects like this that will make Ontario a more affordable and competitive place to do business,” says Ross Romano, Sault Ste. Marie MPP.
PUC Services Inc. is a utility services company headquartered in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. Its mission is to safely deliver competitive, high-quality utility-related services while earning a fair return for its shareholders. The company provides management and administration services, in addition to operating, engineering, construction, and maintenance of municipal electricity distribution, drinking water production and distribution and municipal wastewater treatment