Research & development

We invest in research and development in order to generate direct operational and/or economic benefits to the corporation. This includes:

  • investigating the application of new technologies;
  • developing new methods, procedures, or products to carry out work more efficiently or safely;
  • gaining specific knowledge about our environment to enhance our design and/or operating practices.

We also participate in industry interest groups, like the Centre for Energy Advancement through Technological Innovation and the Electric Power Research Institute. Participation in these research groups:

  • allows our investments to be leveraged by jointly funding projects with other utilities with similar interests and issues;
  • facilitates collaboration of industry professionals and experts.

Academic institutions play a significant role in our research endeavours. Funding is provided to undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral projects of direct interest and benefit to the corporation. Most of these projects are cost-shared with other funding agencies such as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and MITACS. We are funding 3 NSERC Industrial Research Chairs in the areas of Power System Simulation, Alternative Energy, and Water Resources. Read more about our collaboration with NSERC on climate change research:

Read about the potential use of submarine or underground cables for long distance hydro-electric transmission.

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