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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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26

Jul 2017

Utilities In the Middle – Building Connections for Transactive Energy

At the Transactive Energy Systems Conference in Portland this June, over 130 representatives of government, industry, utilities and academia gathered to share the latest ideas and results in transactive energy (TE). The takeaway: we’re seeing significant early promise in TE, but there is still a lot of work to be done on establishing value and business models. By introducing market-based micro-transactions between energy suppliers and users,...

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Utilities In the Middle – Building Connections for Transactive Energy

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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

23

Jun 2017

Transactive Energy and Experiences from Smart Cities

The fourth International Transactive Energy (TES2017) conference is being held in Portland, Oregon on June 13-15, 2017. The conference will cover a wide range of topics relating to the smart grid, transactive energy[1] and distributed energy resources (DERs). An emerging trend is the discussion of smart cities and how they can use transactive energy systems to integrate various technologies to effectively manage the resources of...

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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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20

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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