Siemens (News - Alert) recently announced the opening of a new smart grid centre of competence (COC) and a research & development (R&D) center in Fredericton, NB. The opening was attended by New Brunswick Premier David Alward, NB Power CEO Gäetan Thomas, and Siemens Canada CEO Robert Hardt. This move will further consolidate Siemens multi-year partnership with NB Power and help drive its focus on R&D and deployment of smart grid technologies in Canada.
In a statement, Robert Hardt, President and CEO, Siemens Canada, said that, "This centre of competence is a milestone for Siemens from a global perspective, and represents our commitment to furthering research and development and deployment of smart grid technologies in Canada. Together with NB Power we're creating what we are confident will be a global innovation showcase in energy efficiency."
The Siemens and NB Power partnership which includes a Smart Grid Reduce and Shift Demand (RASD) modernization plan focuses on greater investment in technology and improved customer engagement and hopes to provide business and residents with greater control over their energy consumption. Siemens will leverage the Smart Grid Compass (News - Alert) methodology, to help NB Power develop an energy road map for the coming years. The development and rollout of smart grid software will be carried out at the new Fredericton facility.
The Honourable David Alward, Premier of New Brunswick, said that, “The establishment of Siemens Canada in Fredericton is exciting news for the entire province as we work to build our R&D capacity while modernizing New Brunswick's electricity system. These new positions will also add expertise and growth in the area of information and communications technology, one of our province's target sectors in Growing Together - An Economic Development Action Plan for New Brunswick."
At present the facility has a staff of 23 out of which 15 employees belong to the R&D section. Most of the employees are from the local talent pool which is in keeping with Siemens’ strategy to integrate the best of global smart grid knowledge together with local expertise. NB will be supporting the hiring of 25 R&D employees at the facility.