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There’s nothing like being on the floor of our industry’s biggest show to get a feel for what’s on people’s minds. If you didn’t attend DistribuTECH, or were too busy to get around, read this interview with Smart Grid Northwest’s delegates, Bryce Yonker and Lois Gordon. In talking to over a hundred utility and vendor representatives, they heard alot about culture change, analytics, DERMS and...
We’re very excited to promote a series of blog posts authored by Cadmus that are exploring the themes and discussions from GridFWD 2018, which took place October 10-11, 2018 in Vancouver, BC. The first two post have just come online, and more are in the works. If you missed GridFWD 2018, here’s your chance to get a summary of its excellent content and interaction among...
Avista Development, a subsidiary of Avista Corp and Duke Energy announced a joint investment in Open Energy Solutions Inc. (OES) to develop open source software for grid edge technology solutions. This marks the first time multiple utilities have collaborated to create open source software, spurring innovation and creating a new market for this technology. For an insider’s perspective, we reached out for comment to Curt...
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...
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,...
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...
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....
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...
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....
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...