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The Northwest Power and Conservation Council released its draft 7th Power plan recently and is looking for feedback from regional stakeholders. The plan overwhelmingly calls for the use of efficiency measures to meet regional energy needs, under a basically flat load growth over the next 20 years. There is a window of opportunity to comment on the plan as drafted until December 18th. We...
With the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project (PNWSGDP) wrapped up and reports from the subprojects rolling out, utilities are now able to review the reports for applicable lessons learned. Smaller utilities in particular should find the results valuable as they begin moving forward with any smart grid projects they’ve been planning. Larger utilities usually have teams of researchers and enough leverage to get manufacturers...
SMART GRID NORTHWEST LAUNCHES WITH SUPPORT FROM REGIONAL UTILITIES AND MULTINATIONALS Organization Formed to Promote and Expand Smart Grid Growth and Business Activity Across the Northwest PORTLAND, OR, July 29, 2014 – The new organization Smart Grid Northwest launched with strong support from the regional energy community including major utilities, multinationals, and community organizations. At a formal kick-off event held in Portland, OR with over...
The evolution of energy generation and distribution in the Pacific Northwest By Linda Barney, Barney and Associates – 7/13/2015 The last few years in the power industry has seen an accelerating proliferation of energy generating assets and smart end-use applications at the edge of the grid. This grid edge is the new hot spot for building out extensive amounts of intelligence and functionality as new...
The evolution of energy generation and distribution in the Pacific Northwest By Linda Barney, Barney and Associates The last few years in the power industry has seen an accelerating proliferation of energy generating assets and smart end-use applications at the edge of the grid. This grid edge is the new hot spot for building out extensive amounts of intelligence and functionality as new distributed...
Bryce Yonker, Executive Director of Smart Grid NW Earlier this month I attended the GTM GridEdge event and it left me wondering: can traditional utilities and companies innovating at the edge of the grid find common ground to work together? One of the most exciting areas in the energy sector right now is happening downstream of distribution substations, and especially at customer premises. We are seeing...
The DOE just released their Quadrennial Energy Review which looks at a number of issues related to the current energy infrastructure of the United States. With a hard focus on making the electrical grid more resilient, we at Smart Grid Northwest hope to see more smart grid related projects being funded and rolled out as we take advantage of new technologies in the hunt for higher...