North-End Peterborough Battery Storage Project
As part of its commitment to sustainability and the environment, Trent is considering an agreement to lease a portion of its lands on the Symons Campus to allow for the creation of a battery energy storage system. The project would add to a host of environmental initiatives, sustainability projects and research led by the University, and would advance affordable and efficient energy helping to advance Ontario’s path to a net-zero future.
The Need for Sustainable Electricity
To address increasing demand for electricity and to offset supply challenges with the retirement and refurbishment of existing nuclear generating units, the coordinator of Ontario’s electricity system, IESO, has launched a competitive process to support projects that include battery energy storage systems.
Battery energy storage systems store energy overnight when the provincial grid is producing the lowest cost and lowest carbon energy. This stored energy can then provide power at strategic times when the Ontario system operators typically turn to gas-fired generation to meet high demand for electricity.
These battery energy storage systems assist in the transition to sustainable energy, the conversion to electric energy, and help reduce the carbon footprint.
Environmental Leadership at Trent
The North-End Peterborough Storage project aligns with Trent’s reputation as a world-leading environmental university, our focus on campus sustainability, and striving to reduce our overall carbon footprint. It will also help manage the increasing costs of electricity and energy for the campus. The project goals align with the guiding principles of the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan and the system would increase Ontario’s electricity storage and support grid reliability.
Project Background and Next Steps
- Ameresco and Atura Power are the proponents working to bring this project to reality on land leased from Trent.
- The University, together with the proponents, have identified approximately 10-20 acres along the hydro corridor on the East Bank as an optimal location for this project due to its proximity to transmission infrastructure.
- This parcel of land was studied as part of the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan and was found to have low or no environmental constraints and is designated for future University use.
- Ameresco and Atura Power will submit a bid to the province by December 12, 2023, and if selected, will engage in formal consultation with Indigenous communities, conduct environmental and archaeological studies, and obtain regulatory approval before the project can proceed.
This project is being led by Atura Power. To learn more visit the project webpage at aturapower.com/peterboroughenergystorage or attend one of the following information sessions.
The Trent community is invited to meet with Atura Power to learn more about the proposed project on Thursday, October 19, 2023:
- Outside Wenjack Theatre in Otonabee College from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
- Outside Bata Bean in Bata Library from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Atura Power invites members of the Trent and wider community to a public information meeting to learn more about this project on Tuesday, October 24, 2023:
- Stohn Hall, Trent Student Centre room 1.22, 1600 West Bank Drive, Peterborough, Ont. K9L 0G2
- Open House: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Presentations and Q&A: 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
If you require accommodation related to the public community meeting, please contact the project team by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are unable to participate, meeting materials will be posted on the project webpage at aturapower.com/peterboroughenergystorage for review following the meeting.