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Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project

Smart stuff: IQ of Northwest power grid raised

Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project

Intelligent energy technologies—such as smart meters, innovative batteries, and voltage controls—can improve energy efficiency and reduce power costs, according to final results from the five-year, $178-million regional Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project.

Key findings and detailed results are documented in the 840-page Technology Performance Report, published in June 2015. The project, led by Battelle on behalf of the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, spanned five states and included 11 utilities, the Bonneville Power Administration, two universities, and multiple companies. In all, the project evaluated 55 technologies and a new energy management approach called transactive control.

Key takeaways from the demonstration are that:

  • better tools are needed to ensure smart grid data is of high quality and the equipment generating that data is working correctly;
  • smart grid technologies should be designed to work together and smart grid technology standards should be further developed;
  • smart grid technologies and their markets need to mature and stabilize for smart grid deployment to succeed;
  • public involvement is the key to a successful smart grid deployment, though there is no one-size-fits-all approach.

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