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Feb 2018

GridFWD 2018: Our New Event to Move Grid Modernization Forward

   We’re excited to announce our new event, GridFWD 2018. Based on the momentum coming out of our 2017 NW DR & Energy Storage Summit, and strong commitment of our board and advisors, GridFWD promises to be the premier regional event about deploying advanced solutions to modernize the Northwest energy system. Get a preview of the event at www.GridFWD.com. Multiple Technology & Deployment Tracks At GridFWD 2018,...

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GridFWD 2018: Our New Event to Move Grid Modernization Forward

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Oct 2017

How BPA Views Flexible Demand-Side Resources for the Northwest

Elliot Mainzer, Administrator and CEO of Bonneville Power Administration, kicked off day one of the Northwest DR & Energy Storage Summit in Portland, September 27 and 28, 2017. He gave us a high-level look at how BPA, a central player in our regional energy grid landscape, is looking at the roles of DR and energy storage. Smart Grid Northwest has captured some of his keynote...

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How BPA Views Flexible Demand-Side Resources for the Northwest

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Sep 2017

Stacking Value for Energy Storage: Finding the Opportunities for the Northwest

By Linda Barney The Pacific Northwest has arrived at a situation that requires consideration of expanded grid assets that provide more flexibility to improve system reliability and overall economic efficiency of existing assets. Efficient energy storage is often listed as the missing element in the energy stack. But this is changing as a variety of energy storage solutions are being developed. According to a 2016...

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Stacking Value for Energy Storage: Finding the Opportunities for the Northwest

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Sep 2017

Behavioral versus Pricing versus Automated Demand Response (DR): What’s Best When?

by Linda Barney Smarter energy consumption, and being able to control energy used during peak energy demand times are topics of great interest to grid operators and the consumers they serve. But what is the best way to meet this goal and achieve effective and reliable energy demand reduction? Among the leading paths there are three strategies for meeting this goal via pricing structures, seeking...

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Behavioral versus Pricing versus Automated Demand Response (DR):  What’s Best When?

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Jul 2017

Utilities In the Middle – Building Connections for Transactive Energy

At the Transactive Energy Systems Conference in Portland this June, over 130 representatives of government, industry, utilities and academia gathered to share the latest ideas and results in transactive energy (TE). The takeaway: we’re seeing significant early promise in TE, but there is still a lot of work to be done on establishing value and business models. By introducing market-based micro-transactions between energy suppliers and users,...

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Utilities In the Middle – Building Connections for Transactive Energy

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Jun 2017

Business Models & Blockchains: Update from the TES Conference

The 4th International Transactive Energy Systems Conference just took place on June 13-15, 2017. Over 100 experts from the region, across the country and even overseas gathered in in Portland, Oregon to share in the progress, challenges and next steps for the future smart grid full of DERs and prosumers. Smart Grid Northwest helped produce the conference, working closely with GridWise Architecture Council. The first...

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Business Models & Blockchains: Update from the TES Conference

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Mar 2017

ABB Selection and Investment Propel Enbala Into Heart of DERMS Solutions

ABB has selected the Symphony platform from Enbala Power Networks as a central component of its Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS). To prime the effort, ABB has led a $12 million round of Series-B venture financing for Enbala Power Networks, along with new strategic investors National Grid, and long-time investors GE Ventures, Chrysalix Venture Capital and Obvious Ventures. These announcements reinforce the position of Smart...

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ABB Selection and Investment Propel Enbala Into Heart of DERMS Solutions

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Mar 2016

7th Northwest Power Plan – Conservation Leads the Charge and DR Joins the Mix

By: Bryce Yonker, Smart Grid NW The NW Power and Conservation Council recently published its approved 7th Power Plan, the purpose of which is to ensure that the region maintains a reliable and economical power supply. The leading headline of the plan is similar to previous editions which recommended significant levels of energy efficiency to meet the region’s needs.  It is reassuring to see the...

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7th Northwest Power Plan – Conservation Leads the Charge and DR Joins the Mix

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Mar 2016

Trends in Grid Modernization and Energy Market Structure

  Q&A with Richard Kauffman Chairman of Energy & Finance for New York Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo   By: Clint Wilder, Senior Editor, Clean Edge Bryce Yonker, Executive Director, Smart Grid Northwest   Clint and Bryce talk to New York’s Chairman of Energy and Finance about NY REV, FERC 745, and pacing infrastructure investments.   Q: What are some models that utilities and...

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Nov 2015

Help SGNW Comment on the Draft 7th Power Plan and Impact Regional Energy Planning Through 2035

  The Northwest Power and Conservation Council released its draft 7th Power plan recently and is looking for feedback from regional stakeholders.  The plan overwhelmingly calls for the use of efficiency measures to meet regional energy needs, under a basically flat load growth over the next 20 years. There is a window of opportunity to comment on the plan as drafted until December 18th. We...

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