Project Overview

Canada, as a whole, is supporting clean energy technologies that encourage energy efficiency and bring cleaner renewable energy onto a smarter electricity network. Saint John Energy’s new Smart Energy Project will utilize artificial intelligence to help optimize the system. This innovation will result in cost efficiencies and ensure a more resilient and reliable power system for our customers.

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We have some of the highest peak energy costs in Canada. This project is aimed at aggressively attacking the peak, which could further stabilize rates.

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SJE’s peak is 97% coincidental with the provincial system. Anything we can do to reduce our peak contributes to the reduction of the provincial peak and the requirement to operate legacy fossil fuel peaking plants.

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Our customers have told us they want innovative solutions that improve their quality of life and help the environment. This project will build on that by providing smart consumer products.

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This project will improve the security of how our smart grid will operate in the future.

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This project is an innovative approach to solving a problem that all utilities face. This project will drive investment in local business and the smart grid entrepreneurial eco-system as SJE and its key partners will be developing solutions that can be exported to other utilities.

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Solar and wind energy are becoming increasingly important. This project will be aimed at addressing some of the intermittent challenges presented by renewables by smoothing the load shape.


The Investment

The total cost of this project is $11.7M, which includes both cash and in-kind contributions. SJE will leverage the NRCan funding to upgrade previously planned investments to smarter and more innovative solutions.



We need property owners and businesses to participate in the development of this smart energy project. If you’d like to be part of this, fill out our application form.


Smart energy means smart consumer products and savings through artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML):


Next Steps

SJE is working to finalize the key partners for this project (to be announced shortly).