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Cities and Smart Grids in Canada

Canada’s electricity sector plays a central role in supporting the country’s economic, social and environmental needs.

In order to meet emerging trends, including supply and demand pressures, and to remain competitive in a world that is becoming increasingly carbon constrained, Canada’s electricity sector must modernize and make appropriate investment decisions. To this end, coming decades will be critical and lock-in effects in the electricity sector that can undermine mid-century decarbonization objectives should be avoided.

This report looks specifically at smart grids within the context of grid modernization and urban settings in Canada. In this context, we note that the rapidly aging electricity infrastructure provides a unique opportunity to achieve synergies found between grid modernization and climate objectives.