2016 - Traditional Energy Generation

Traditional Energy Generation

Brian Bentz

President and CEO, PowerStream

PowerStream is one of the first utilities of its size in North America to initiate a proof-of-concept trial of a Micro Grid Demonstration Project that includes solar, wind and natural gas generation sources, three different battery storage technologies, and a Micro Grid Control System. Located at the head office, the system provides electricity for lighting, air conditioning, refrigeration and EV charging and can be disconnected from the grid to operate these loads. Additionally, at the completion of the organization’s first four year conservation plan, it exceeded its prescribed energy reduction target by 68 GWh, made possible through many residential customer and business programs (410.49 GWh saved) that provide incentives to upgrade to energy efficient alternatives. With 90 solar projects in commercial operation, Brian became CanSIA’s Solar Leader of the Year.