Follow Us! Like Our Page!

$1-Million Smart Energy Efficiency Project Coming to New Brunswick

Press Release

From: Natural Resources Canada

May 10, 2019 Fredericton, New Brunswick Natural Resources Canada

One of the greatest opportunities for Canada is the shift toward clean growth. To combat climate change, Canada needs new and innovative approaches to electricity distribution. That is why the Government of Canada is funding an energy infrastructure project in New Brunswick that will help lower carbon pollution and increase economic competitiveness while protecting the environment.

Member of Parliament Matt DeCourcey, on behalf of Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, today announced a $1-million contribution for a research and demonstration project with New Brunswick Power.

This project will test conservation voltage reduction (CVR) as a potential solution to help customers conserve more energy, quantify energy savings and look at methods to increase renewable energy use on the provincial power grid. New Brunswick Power will collect and analyze data from volunteer residents and businesses to assess how CVR can find efficiencies and money savings for customers. The 12-month project will include the winter peak and the summer cooling peak seasons.

Funding for this project will be provided by Natural Resources Canada’s Energy Innovation Program.

Through Generation Energy, Canada’s national energy dialogue, Canadians expressed that they want Canada to continue to be a leader in the transition to a clean growth economy. Canada will also continue to support innovative projects that create jobs, improve industry competitiveness, cut pollution and act on climate change.

This federal–provincial partnership supports the commitment by the Atlantic premiers and the Government of Canada to develop a Clean Power Roadmap for Atlantic Canada.

The global shift toward a cleaner, greener economy is the opportunity of a lifetime. From May 27 to 29, 2019, Canada will welcome over 25 countries to this year’s Clean Energy Ministerial and Mission Innovation Ministerial to discuss a future that is cleaner, brighter and more prosperous for generations to come. Canada will showcase its leadership in cleantech innovation, champion the issues of gender equality, youth and Indigenous people in clean energy and promote Canada as an investment destination. Learn more at:


“Smart investments in electricity infrastructure build a stronger and more resilient grid and will foster better connections between communities. Incorporating dynamic voltage control technologies and strategies will increase renewable energy use, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and bring down the energy costs for Canadian homes and businesses.”

Matt DeCourcey
Member of Parliament for Fredericton and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

“As we continue to transition to a low-carbon economy, we are looking at different ways to help our customers conserve energy and save money. Through this research and demonstration, NB Power will be able to evaluate in real time, when voltage is reduced, the degree to which certain devices will consume less energy than at higher voltages, creating net energy conservation. The goal is to then use the results of this research to support the development and planning for future CVR deployment initiatives in the province.”

Gaëtan Thomas
President and Chief Executive Officer, New Brunswick Power

Quick facts

  • Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • Along with the recently announced Smart Grid Atlantic Project funded by Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada, the Collaborative Grid Innovation for Atlantic Smart Energy Communities project will encourage investment and innovation to help build a smart grid hub in the region.

Associated links


Media Relations

Natural Resources Canada



[email protected]

Vanessa Adams
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Natural Resources
[email protected]


NationTalk Partners & Sponsors Learn More