Silver Spring said that implementation of its smart energy platform in 2010 will provide the foundation for enabling two-way communication between customer electricity meters and Guelph Hydro’s back-office systems. This will enable the provision of energy information to customers, enhance network reliability, and improve power outage management.

Barry Chuddy, CEO of Guelph Hydro, said: “It is all about smarter, greener, more environmentally sustainable energy management using sophisticated technology and devices. By investing today in implementing Silver Spring’s Smart Energy Platform technology, Guelph Hydro is preparing for the energy future of tomorrow that will be cleaner, more efficient, reliable, resilient and responsive – a smarter grid.

“Ontario’s energy landscape is changing rapidly. As Guelph’s local electricity distributor, we have a responsibility to ensure the infrastructure is in place so our community can take full advantage of widespread deployment of renewable energy sources, incorporate smart home appliances and other devices as they come on the market, and adjust to an influx of plug-in hybrid electric cars.”

Silver Spring’s smart energy platform is an open, IP standards-based technology platform that connects smart meters, high-efficiency transformers, renewable and traditional power generation sources, and other yet-to-be-invented consumer appliances and devices through a sophisticated energy information monitoring and control system.