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Ensuring the Integrity of the Network

An increasing number of production units are being connected to the distribution network each year. This trend appears to be becoming more pronounced as incentive programs for the provision of renewable electricity are introduced by the provinces.

A number of studies and projects are aimed at supporting the connection of distributed generation to the network. Standards are being put in place to ensure employee safety, network reliability and power quality.

For the connection of distributed generation to the network, the choice of protection and conversion equipment can have an impact on the network. Depending on the distributor’s requirements, additional equipment or power quality studies may be necessary.

In the planning of distribution networks, the tolerated level of risk, its impact and the cost of equipment required for the connection must always be reconciled. The studies and standards developed to integrate renewable energy into the distribution network are produced with this perspective in mind.

As a starting point for this analysis, a number of studies are being carried out by CanmetENERGY in collaboration with its industrial partners. The scope of the work undertaken by CanmetENERGY in this field is as follows:

To learn more about this issue, see the Publications section.


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