The economic development department hired MDB Insight, an economic development consulting firm, to assist with the research. The telephone survey of 101 businesses was conducted Nov. 13—23, 2018. Out of 101 businesses, 75 were locally owned and operated, while 26 were externally owned and operated, representing a typical balance.
The department will provide city council and the community with a full summary of findings early in the new year.
The City of Summerside Utility and BluWave-ai have signed a collaboration agreement to drive optimized use of renewable energy in smarter grids by leveraging artificial intelligence (AI). The City of Summerside agreement focuses on our unique and innovative utility combined with our robust infrastructure that is situated in a perfect testing environment with solar, wind, diesel generation, battery storage, and grid supply from the mainland North American grid. BluWave-ai will be used to optimize use of renewable energy to offset diesel fuel usage and grid energy import.
As part of this deployment, the utility will quantify the additional benefits of AI to predict and optimize generation and loads in their service area. The utility will be offering their live networks and utility expertise to assist enhancement of BluWave-ai’s AI innovations which is the foundational vision of Summerside’s Living Lab.
Summerside has deployed wind, solar and storage to reduce energy costs, offsetting diesel and imported grid power creating the most integrated, advanced smart grid in North America with diversified renewable sources and, through our collaboration with BluWave-ai, it will allow us to further advance our technical leadership and assess AI for improving the efficiency and economics of the city’s energy supply.
The City of Summerside has been working on the smart grid concept since 2012 involving research, testing, collaboration and pilot programs. The City of Summerside has annually expanded the smart MyPowerNet system and has currently reached 40% deployment of the fiber network and appliance integration into the community which is a key piece of infrastructure in further AI technologies. We have deployed approximately 350 units of appliances to control domestic hot water storage and space heating for a total of over 3MW’s of demand response on a 27 MW peaking system as a first step in our grid innovation.
Smart Grids and applying intelligence to the proliferation of distributed renewable energy resources is a key strategy of utilities across North America and certainly a key priority for Summerside. Accelerating the development of energy technologies and management through AI is critical to our future and, with AI in the initial research stage, our goal is to advance to a full commercialization opportunity under this partnership.
Our electrical service company is growing quickly, and we’re hiring! We are currently in need of an experienced and skilled Electrician to join our team. The successful candidate will be responsible for a range of duties including but not limited to; installing and repairing wiring, electrical fixtures and control equipment as well as HVAC systems. Customer Satisfaction is our top priority and ensuring we exceed our customer standards is a priority for this position.
We are looking for an ideal candidate with previous electrical experience.
Qualifications: Lighting, Wiring, Alarm Systems, Fire Prevention Systems, Strong Written and Verbal Communication, Electrical Maintenance, Customer Service Skills, Risk Assessment, Electrician Apprenticeship, Diagnostics, Fault Finding, Organisation, Valid Driver's License, Initiative, Responsibility, Safety, Professional Appearance.
We offer competitive pay and invite licensed professionals who are looking for steady work to apply today!
Positive attitude, mechanical aptitude, clean, professional appearance, good communication skills, a willingness to work hard, ability and willingness to learn, ambition to achieve would be considered assets.