Grid modernization is a crucial component of the required electricity transformations to achieve net zero goals. In order to make these transitions, accelerated adoption of innovation at deployable scales is imperative; however, getting to deployment requires several stages in technical, policy, and regulatory domains. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), through innovation and deployment funding, is working to address these energy system needs and to develop innovation in this area. NRCan is advancing grid modernization and grid readiness through research and programming, such as the Smart Renewables Electrification Pathways Program, The Smart Grid Program as well as the Innovation and Electricity Regulation Initiative. In this presentation, Dr. Bronwyn Lazowski shared an overview of grid modernization, system transformation trends to meet net zero goals, and provide an overview of active NRCan programming to meet these system needs.

Dr. Bronwyn Lazowski is a Policy Analyst with Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Research and Development. Dr. Lazowski is the Lead of the Innovation and Electricity Regulation Initiative. In her role at NRCan, Dr. Lazowski works on advancing sustainable energy transitions and grid modernization through programs and policy, while also working towards improved equity, diversity, and inclusivity in the energy sector. Prior to her role at NRCan, Dr. Lazowski received a Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Environment. Dr. Lazowski’s doctoral research investigated the role of smart grid technologies to engage consumers for residential energy management. During her Ph.D., Dr. Lazowski was an Energy Council of Canada Energy Policy Research Fellow and co-founded the international network, Women and Inclusivity in Sustainable Energy Research.