Stories


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Dec 2018

Report Reveals How Utility Executives Look at the Role of DERMS

As distributed energy resources (DERs) start to play a role in the power picture, utilities are considering how to use distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS) to effectively manage these resources. Enbala, a leading provider of DERMS and a Smart Grid Northwest member, recently performed a study with Zpryme that talked to 150 utility executives about their views of DERMS. The respondent pool breaks down...

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Report Reveals How Utility Executives Look at the Role of DERMS

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Nov 2018

New Leadership at Seattle Area Utilities Continues Push for Grid Modernization

In just the last few months, the Smart Grid Northwest community has been excited to see new leadership at not one, not two, but three Seattle-area utilities: Seattle City Light, Snohomish PUD and Tacoma Utilities. The next question for us is, what does these changes mean for moving grid modernization forward in the Northwest? We asked each of the utilities for their perspectives. Debra Smith,...

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New Leadership at Seattle Area Utilities Continues Push for Grid Modernization

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Nov 2018

Reaching for 66% Customer Engagement: Portland General CEO Maria Pope Talks About PGE’s Smart Grid Test Bed Project

Portland General CEO Maria Pope announced the Smart Grid Test Bed project during her keynote address at GridFWD 2018, hosted by Smart Grid Northwest in Vancouver, BC. Starting in 2019, the two-and-a-half-year project is targeting an astounding 66% participation by eligible customers, and integrating smart grid technology “on a scale never before attempted in the United States.” The announcement quoted Jon Wellinghoff, former chairman of...

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Reaching for 66% Customer Engagement: Portland General CEO Maria Pope Talks About PGE’s Smart Grid Test Bed Project

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Oct 2018

A Tour of Vancouver Grid Modernization Projects For GridFWD 2018 Attendees

As a warm-up to GridFWD 2018, Smart Grid Northwest sponsored a bus tour of grid modernization projects in the Vancouver, BC area. A select group of attendees got an inside look at a range of innovative organizations. City of Vancouver Neighborhood Energy plant The first stop was the Southeast False Creek Neighbourhood Energy utility plant that captures and reuses thermal energy in sanitary sewer outflow....

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A Tour of Vancouver Grid Modernization Projects For GridFWD 2018 Attendees

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Jul 2018

Build the Business Model for Resiliency at GridFWD 2018

Since the term resiliency means different things to different people, how do you go about building consensus and moving ahead? The Smart Grid Northwest community started to unpack this challenge at the NW Energy Resiliency Summit this past June. Now, join resiliency leaders and advocates from across the Northwest at GridFWD 2018, on October 10th and 11th in Vancouver, BC to continue the work of...

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Build the Business Model for Resiliency at GridFWD 2018

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Jun 2018

Five Key Topics About Grid Operations Efficiency You Can Explore at GridFWD 2018

If you’re pursuing modernizing to make grid operations more efficient, you’ll be in good (and expert) company at GridFWD 2018. The Efficient Grid Operations track on Wednesday, October 11 comprises four expert panels on using metering data, new uses for voltage management, better grid monitoring and optimizing locational value of assets. The track runs concurrently with other tracks focusing on grid resiliency and policy & markets....

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Five Key Topics About Grid Operations Efficiency You Can Explore at GridFWD 2018

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May 2018

Grid Flexibility: Weaving a Thousand Possibilities Into One Integrated Plan

As the Northwest energy market becomes more distributed and expectations evolve, utilities themselves must change the way they evaluate, plan, dispatch and manage resources. In the first track, GridFWD 2018 examines the new perspectives and tradeoffs that utilities must pursue to create flexibility not just in the grid itself, but also in the operations, regulations and business models that shape the industry. Smart Grid Northwest...

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Grid Flexibility: Weaving a Thousand Possibilities Into One Integrated Plan

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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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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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