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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...
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...
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...
Larry Weis, CEO of Seattle City Light, will discuss grid modernization and how it will help engage customers at Smart Grid Northwest Annual Meeting in Seattle. PORTLAND, OR – September 26, 2016 – How is modernization of the electrical grid bringing real value to consumers? Larry Weis, CEO of Seattle City Light, will discuss that topic in the keynote address at the 2016 Annual Meeting...
National and Local Experts Converge in Seattle for Symposium on Demand Response for the Pacific Northwest Electrical Grid
Smart Grid Northwest hosts a sold-out Demand Response Symposium with help from Northwest Power and Conservation Council and dozens of regional utilities and industry leaders. PORTLAND, OR – September 21, 2016 – Smart Grid Northwest, a trade organization for the smart grid industry in the Pacific Northwest, announced that its upcoming Demand Response Symposium has sold out one week before the event. The Symposium features...
By: Bryce Yonker, Smart Grid NW The NW Power and Conservation Council recently published its approved 7th Power Plan, the purpose of which is to ensure that the region maintains a reliable and economical power supply. The leading headline of the plan is similar to previous editions which recommended significant levels of energy efficiency to meet the region’s needs. It is reassuring to see the...
Q&A with Richard Kauffman Chairman of Energy & Finance for New York Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo By: Clint Wilder, Senior Editor, Clean Edge Bryce Yonker, Executive Director, Smart Grid Northwest Clint and Bryce talk to New York’s Chairman of Energy and Finance about NY REV, FERC 745, and pacing infrastructure investments. Q: What are some models that utilities and...
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...