Energy Monitoring Company Sets Up New Office in Ottawa

Aug. 27, 2013 - PRLog -- OTTAWA, ON, August 27, 2013 - Blue Line Innovations, a company born and bred in St. John’s NL, has opened a new office in Ottawa, Ontario.  The Ottawa location will take advantage of local talent and expertise in product development, engineering and customer care. The company currently has five staff in Ottawa and is recruiting for additional positions.

“Roosting in Ottawa was an easy decision.  Ontario is a really important market for us.  We are supporting a number of electric utilities through the peaksaverPLUS® program, and we really see Ottawa becoming a smart grid/cleantech hub.  Being just down the 416/401 to our key customers and just around the corner from key industry collaborators is already bearing fruit”, says Peter Porteous, CEO Blue Line Innovations.

Blue Line Innovations is a unique technology that offers an in home dashboard for electricity, putting real time electricity usage data into the hands of homeowners and small businesses.  Access to data is step one in the Smart Grid future where users will take a more active role with utilities in managing energy costs and consumption. The company launched in 2004, and today has over 275,000 homes across North America using the PowerCost Monitor®, and the market appears to be ready for lift off.

Porteous continues, “we do get compared to the effect that Prius has had on driving habits, and that’s ok – it’s really that simple.  When you can see electricity usage in real time it draws you in, gets you engaged and importantly gives you the right information to drill down, to eliminate waste and reduce usage”.  

"We are committed to building a greener and more environmentally sustainable community for today and in the future and we are pleased to see Blue Line Innovations open in Ottawa,” said Mayor Jim Watson.  ”Their products make it possible for people to see how personal choices and actions can have a real impact on the environment and a family’s energy bill.”

A number of Ontario electric utilities are currently using the PowerCost Monitor® with their residential demand response program called peaksaverPLUS®.  It’s a program to help reduce electricity usage overall and in particular on those hot humid summer days that can tax the system.  Participating homeowners receive a free energy monitor as part of the program offer

“Ottawa is home to over 240 cleantech companies with a very strong base of renewables, water, waste management and transportation infrastructures, green building and energy management industries. These industries form the base for the advancement of Smart Grid and the infrastructure for intelligent sustainable communities. I am extremely happy to welcome Blue Line Innovations to Ottawa. Their technologies provide another important element to our strategy for job and economic growth of the cleantech sector in Ottawa”, says Karen Pero, Sr Business Development Manager, Invest Ottawa.

To learn more about peaksaverPLUS, visit

To learn more about Blue Line Innovations, visit or contact;

Peter Porteous
Blue Line Innovations

About peaksaverPLUS®

The saveONenergy peaksaverPLUS program is a provincial program funded by the Ontario Power Authority that helps Ontario manage electricity use during those hot and humid summer days when the electricity system is stretched to its limit. Customers can enroll their central air conditioning, swimming pool pump and/or electric water heater in the peaksaverPLUS program to help reduce the amount of electricity being consumed during these times of critical peak demand. The new peaksaverPLUS program offers customers a free professionally-installed programmable thermostat or load control switch plus a special in-home Energy Display to help them monitor and manage their electricity use. To learn more about peaksaverPLUS, visit
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