Energy: Leadership. Resources. Opportunities.

Fredericton is a high-value location for engineers and firms specializing in conventional and alternative energy as well as energy-related advanced technology. New Brunswick currently relies on diverse energy sources including hydro-electric, nuclear, wind, coal, and wood but has aggressive plans for sustainable energy investment over the next two decades. Fredericton’s engineering community has broad ranging energy-related expertise which local and international firms are leveraging for cutting-edge energy sustainability research, products, and services. 

NB Power: Canada’s Testing Ground for Smart Grid Technology

New Brunswick’s largest power provider, NB Power, is headquartered in Fredericton. 

In July 2012, Siemens Canada and NB Power partnered to launch a multi-year Smart Grid modernization plan to reduce peak demand for power and defer investment in new generation. This project aims to make peak time energy more affordable, and keep energy prices low for consumers. Siemens established its Smart Grid Centre of Competence (CoC) in Fredericton, and invested 2.5 M over five years in smart grid academic research at UNB.   In 2016, Siemens and NB Power launched the Smart Grid Innovation Network, a development and testing sandbox for companies around the globe that provides faster development and commercialization of smart grid products. Global eyes are watching Fredericton as industry and business innovation align with the smart grid and energy-related services.

 “The Smart Grid project is a reference point for Siemens worldwide. It’s transformational – an energy sector game changer.”

Robert Hardt, President & CEO, Siemens Canada

NB Natural Resources: Renewable and Non-Renewable

New Brunswick’s abundant natural resources and coastal location offer further energy innovation and research opportunities. The province’s enormous forest biomass has the potential to generate up to 500MW. UNB’s Canadian Bioenergy Centre (CBEC) conducts extensive research on solid biofuels (e.g. pellets, briquettes, and solid biomass) and their combustion performance, energy value and emission characteristics. 

Analysts say that New Brunswick has one of the deepest shale natural gas reserves in North America, at approximately 13 trillion cubic feet. Canada’s largest oil refinery and first LNG facility are located just an hour from Fredericton. In addition, the Energy East pipeline from Alberta is planned to terminate an hour south of Fredericton. Visit our Oil & Gas section to find out more about Fredericton advantages in this sector.

With the highest tide in the world, 160 billion tonnes of seawater flow into and out of the Bay of Fundy each day, making New Brunswick an ideal location for the development of tidal power. A study in concluded that tidal energy in the bay has the potential to power the Maritimes “hundreds of times over.”

New Brunswick currently has 294 MW of wind generating capacity with plans to grow that capacity significantly over the next two decades. Atlantic Canada’s largest wind farm is located in New Brunswick.

UNB: Energy Research a Priority Focus 

UNB is pursuing research across the full spectrum of energy transformation from conventional and alternative energy sources through to the various conversion technologies, as well as new and innovative approaches to the end use of energy.