Navigant-Supported Team Named Finalist in Power Forward Challenge

Canada and the UK recently named seven finalists in the Power Forward Challenge, including the London-to-London (L2L) consortium led by London Hydro and supported by Navigant, Electron, ENMAX, Gowling WLG, and the University of Western Ontario. 

The Power Forward Challenge asks Canadian and UK innovators to design better power grids, connecting the nations to clean, user-friendly grids and helping to prevent power outages. As a finalist, L2L will receive $3 million to begin developing a single, scalable open data distributed energy resources (DER) platform in Ontario.

The L2L pilot project is aimed at helping utilities integrate the rapidly growing number of customer-sited DER into the grid and to easily identify and leverage those resources for grid balancing. The project will leverage London Hydro’s Green Button energy data access and secure data sharing platform, along with Electron’s blockchain-based flexibility market platform, to create a standards-based, end-to-end DER engagement system; directory service and asset registry; and trading marketplace. 

Throughout the challenge, Navigant has supported the application's development, providing technical expertise for the identification and quantification of benefit streams.

“We are excited to work with the team on this innovative project that we think embodies the energy transformation,” says Jodi Amy, associate director with Navigant. “Working through how to make innovative platforms work – technically and financially – is a challenge we are ready to tackle.”

The L2L consortium was selected as one of three Canadian finalists and four UK finalists from a group of 44 project proposal teams. In March 2021, a $1 million grand prize will be awarded to the team with the highest-performing solution. To learn more, read the official finalist announcement

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