Hosted by Smart Grid Northwest
Monday, June 11th, 2018, 4:30pm-8pm
Holland America Room, World Trade Center, Seattle, WA
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This event preceded the 2018 NW Energy Resiliency Summit at Seattle’s Pacific Tower on June 12th. Find more information here.
Photo credit: Hai Huu Thanh Nguyen
Can Less Be More? Capital Efficient Grid Modernization and a More Resilient Energy System
Smart Grid NW hosted a lively discussion on how capital-efficient investments in grid modernization can improve energy reliability and resiliency. Today we enjoy an expanding portfolio of solutions to strengthen and better manage energy systems — diverse demand side management options, increasingly cost-effective storage, integrated resource management systems, various asset monitoring, sophisticated controls, rich analytics and more. But investing in energy resiliency improvements can be tricky, especially traditional infrastructure built-outs that have often become expensive. How can a new wave of solutions, paired with smarter policy and updated business models, help accelerate the right path forward? Participants engaged in this debate on how grid modernization solutions can help increase the resiliency of the Pacific NW energy system, and what regional stakeholders should do to make it happen.