Innovation projects are reviewed regularly and managed using Toronto Hydro’s governance framework for project delivery. Examples of our innovation projects are as follows: TORONTO HYDRO 2014 CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY REPORT 27 INTRODUCTION MATERIALITY AND STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT OUR WORKFORCE SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS AND OPERATIONS OUR ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE AND ETHICS FEEDER AUTOMATION The Feeder Automation program is designed to improve the process of localizing and isolating faults on the distribution system. We install supervisory control and data acquisition switches with software and sensors that facilitate autonomous operation when faults occur. Automation can significantly decrease restoration times for customers. This project eliminates the need for a person to physically open and close the switchgear, which can be a hazardous task. Additionally, it reduces the amount of driving for crews and therefore helps reduce air emissions and the risk of vehicle accidents. ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS Energy storage refers to the process of storing electrical energy for future use. The Energy Storage Systems program was developed to assist Toronto Hydro with system efficiency, reliability and power quality issues, as well as challenges associated with distributed generation (including solar and wind), and electric vehicles. RYERSON UNIVERSITY’S CUE Toronto Hydro collaborates with academics from CUE to help develop solutions to some of the grid challenges facing our organization. CUE combines engineering, science, environment, business and infrastructure management to research and explore clean energy technologies, energy conservation and demand management, alternative local energy generation, energy storage, carbon footprint reduction and smart/adaptable infrastructure. We recently joined forces with CUE to research rapid charging stations using energy storage technology for electric vehicles. Electric vehicles can add significant load to our electricity grid but charging vehicles with the help of energy storage systems — which take in electricity during off-peak hours — helps take some of the strain off of our grid.
Toronto Hydro 2014 CR Report_FINAL
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