Saint John Energy leading the way in energy innovation

News release

September 22, 2022 · Saint John, New Brunswick · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

A clean environment and a healthy economy go hand in hand. Canadian businesses and organizations are doing their part to protect the environment while embracing new opportunities for growth.

The Government of Canada is helping Saint John Energy (SJE) lead the way in Atlantic Canada. By effectively using sustainable and renewable sources of energy, SJE is playing an important role in shaping Canada’s future economy.

Federal investment supports clean growth

Today, Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John – Rothesay, announced an investment of $620,000 in SJE through ACOA’s Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA.

The funding will help SJE enhance its technology and grow its award-winning smart grid by installing IT infrastructure and improving communications systems. These advancements will strengthen SJE’s position as a smart-grid leader providing Saint John residents with cleaner, more sustainable energy.

Today’s announcement further demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to fostering a thriving, inclusive, and growing network of organizations in Atlantic Canada that are taking action on climate change.  


“The demand for sustainable and renewable sources of energy is increasing and Atlantic Canadian organizations are rising to the challenge. Today’s investment in Saint John Energy will help fuel energy innovation while reinforcing our shared commitment to clean growth and net-zero emissions by 2050.”

-    The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

“Saint John Energy has proven it is innovative, flexible and can develop new, greener solutions for today’s energy market. I am pleased that ACOA is supporting the utility to help them develop and improve critical infrastructure. Together, we can achieve a clean power future for our region.”

-     Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John-Rothesay

"Today’s funding helps Saint John Energy bolster our work on building the Utility of the Future, bringing advances in renewable energy and storage, electrification and smart grid innovation to the citizens of Saint John.”

-    Ryan Mitchell, President and CEO, Saint John Energy 

Quick facts

  • Saint John Energy (SJE) provides energy solutions to more than 36,000 residential and business customers. The utility holds a Sustainable Electricity Company designation and has earned national and international attention, including an Award of Excellence from the International Smart Grid Action Network for innovation.

  • Funding for this project is provided through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program, which supports projects that promote sustainable community economic development, enhance business development and growth, and facilitate innovation.

Associated links


Marianne Blondin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Official Languages and of the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Ann Kenney
Senior Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Chloe Murphy
Communications Specialist
Saint John Energy

Stay connected

Follow ACOA on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Report a problem or mistake on this page
Please select all that apply:

Thank you for your help!

You will not receive a reply. For enquiries, contact us.

Date modified: