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By Linda Barney Approaches to improve resiliency are as varied as the geographies that comprise Alaska, Oregon and Washington. Ongoing regional projects demonstrate how the microgrids can add resiliency in different ways, suited to each community’s resources and needs. In Eugene, the focus is on providing power and water during emergencies. In Snohomish county, local residents can purchase solar energy credits from the same PV...
To advance modernization of the regional power grid, Smart Grid Northwest announces that it has progressed into a new nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization named Grid Forward. This industry association unites the stakeholders involved in the regional energy system to work together to promote and accelerate innovation across the electric grid. “Smart Grid Northwest has accomplished its goals of strengthening relationships and surfacing shared objectives among utilities,...
Idaho Power recently announced an ambitious goal to provide 100-percent clean energy by 2045. In addition to its hydropower facilities, which typically meet almost half its customers’ energy demands, Idaho Power is planning additional investments in wind, solar and other clean generation sources. For a broader understanding of the utility’s clean power plans, we put a few questions to Lisa Grow, Senior Vice President and...
By Erik Gilbert, Director, Navigant As AMI rolls out, how do utilities find operational insights in a surging river of data? This was the key question in one exciting session at the GridFWD 2018 conference held last October in Vancouver. The conference featured plenary talks from BC Hydro and Portland General Electric, as well as an Efficient Grid Operations track comprising four deep dive sessions...
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...