Imagine a world where...

We can eliminate fossil fuel from our power supply

We become virtually immune to power outages

We are in control, as micro-generators of clean, renewable energy

At Hydro Ottawa, we are turning these possibilities into a reality.

Introducing MiGen

Our
Vision

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MiGen Represents the Future Marketplace for Energy

This innovative project will empower homes and businesses to generate their own electricity through renewable solar power, store what is not used in an advanced battery system, have smart systems in place to manage electricity use automatically, and send any excess electricity back to the grid. Sharing electricity with connected neighbours is also on the horizon. All of this will take place seamlessly in a connected microgrid, powered by artificial intelligence and smart devices.

MiGen will reduce our carbon footprint, protect against outages, increase grid stability, and foster innovation.

Benefits

Cleaner Energy

During critical peak times, when demand for electricity is highest, fossil fuel generation is typically needed to ensure supply meets demand. Switching to renewable sources of energy and battery storage during these critical times reduces our dependence on fossil fuels, helping us reach our carbon reduction goals.

Avoid Outages

By using solar power and battery storage, power can continue to be provided to homes and businesses when the main grid goes out. This ensures more people are comfortable and safe. MiGen can also help keep critical services, such as hospitals and emergency centres, open and available during a power outage or crisis.

Less Waste

Sharing unused electricity within the community or sending it back to the grid helps reduce the amount of energy lost from moving electricity across long distances.

Grid Stability

Smart technology enables devices that use, store, or produce electricity to work together seamlessly, maintaining a balance between supply and demand.

Reduce Investment

As more people adopt electric vehicles and become more connected in our electrified world, demand for electricity increases. Turning to solutions, such as MiGen, can reduce the need to invest in costly infrastructure required of the traditional grid.

Foster Innovation

MiGen is an open-source system, based on international standards. This will encourage equipment manufacturers, software companies and others to explore the technology, igniting innovation and stimulating the growth of a new smart grid market at home and around the world. Everything is completely safe and secure. Learn more about our privacy and security practices.

MiGen represents the future marketplace for energy - one where customers will generate more of their own electricity, store that electricity and send what is not used back to the grid.

Project
Update

Phase 1

Phase 1 of the project is currently underway! During this phase select residents will be equipped with the MiGen Transactive Grid system. This will involve an installation of the solar panels, battery storage, and the ability to send excess electricity back to the grid. Phase 1 of the project is currently at capacity and will run until the end of 2020.

Phase 2

Hydro Ottawa is proud to announce that the funding for Phase 2 has been approved. Phase 2 will consist of further research and development into this smart grid initiative. Stay tuned for updates

Our Partners

MiGen Transactive Grid is a microgrid technologies trial program led by Hydro Ottawa. Phase 1 is partially funded by the Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines’ Smart Grid Fund and the LDC Tomorrow Fund. Phase 2 is partially funded by the Department of Natural Resources Canada. The trial program is backed by numerous solid industry and technology partnerships.