Gavin Bade, Utility Dive
Canadian electricity provider Alectra Utilities is living a distributed energy reality most U.S. utilities can only dream of.
Formed early this year through the merger of four municipal utilities outside of Toronto, Alectra is now the second-largest municipal utility in North America behind the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
Building off the experience of its formative utilities, the company already has a large virtual power plant project for residential customers, is pushing into the commercial and industrial space and is also exploring utility-scale microgrids for critical infrastructure. And like any good utility, Alectra is exploring ways to earn a regulated rate of return on these investments.
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