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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...
The team at Smart Grid Northwest is very excited to announce its new event, the 2018 Northwest Energy Resiliency Summit, on June 12th at the Pacific Tower in Seattle. At this unique one-day meeting, you will participate in keynote presentations, panel discussions and working sessions focused on helping regional stakeholders to develop resiliency solutions for energy systems in our region: Washington, Oregon, Idaho and BC....
We’re excited to announce our new event, GridFWD 2018. Based on the momentum coming out of our 2017 NW DR & Energy Storage Summit, and strong commitment of our board and advisors, GridFWD promises to be the premier regional event about deploying advanced solutions to modernize the Northwest energy system. Get a preview of the event at www.GridFWD.com. Multiple Technology & Deployment Tracks At GridFWD 2018,...
Elliot Mainzer, Administrator and CEO of Bonneville Power Administration, kicked off day one of the Northwest DR & Energy Storage Summit in Portland, September 27 and 28, 2017. He gave us a high-level look at how BPA, a central player in our regional energy grid landscape, is looking at the roles of DR and energy storage. Smart Grid Northwest has captured some of his keynote...
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...
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...