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May 2017

What is Blockchain’s Role in Transactive Energy Systems?

By Linda Barney Blockchains are an enabling component of secure, digital crypto-currencies, such as Bitcoin and Etherium. These currencies provide a medium for value exchange using cryptography to secure the transactions and to control the creation of additional units of the currency. All transactions are stored in cryptographically-immutable distributed ledgers called blockchains while trusted executable smart contracts implement transaction logic and other business process behaviors....

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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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Feb 2017

Smart Grid Northwest Plans for an Energetic 2017

by Bryce Yonker, Acting Executive Director, Smart Grid Northwest In late January, at the tail end of the Portland area snowstorm that won’t soon be forgotten, Smart Grid Northwest hosted a strategic planning retreat to determine priorities for the year ahead. 25 leaders from across the region gathered in Seattle to discuss a host of options for the organization. In the end, we landed on...

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Feb 2017

Powin Stands Up 8 MWh of Energy Storage in Less Than 6 Months

In mid-January, Tualatin, Oregon based Powin Energy brought online a 2MW, 8 MWh battery-powered energy storage system for Southern California Edison (SCE) in Irvine, CA. This happened less than six months after the California Public Utilities Commission requested storage resources to replace the leaking Aliso Canyon gas storage facility. Considering the years it can take to plan, permit and commission a traditional peaker plant, that’s...

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Sep 2016

Why The Smart Grid Matters to Consumers: The Focus of Energy Industry Group Annual Meeting

Larry Weis, CEO of Seattle City Light, will discuss grid modernization and how it will help engage customers at Smart Grid Northwest Annual Meeting in Seattle. PORTLAND, OR – September 26, 2016 – How is modernization of the electrical grid bringing real value to consumers? Larry Weis, CEO of Seattle City Light, will discuss that topic in the keynote address at the 2016 Annual Meeting...

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Sep 2016

National and Local Experts Converge in Seattle for Symposium on Demand Response for the Pacific Northwest Electrical Grid

Smart Grid Northwest hosts a sold-out Demand Response Symposium with help from Northwest Power and Conservation Council and dozens of regional utilities and industry leaders. PORTLAND, OR – September 21, 2016 – Smart Grid Northwest, a trade organization for the smart grid industry in the Pacific Northwest, announced that its upcoming Demand Response Symposium has sold out one week before the event. The Symposium features...

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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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11

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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