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Smart grid demo accomplishments, next steps at April 1 symposium

Media invited to cover last public event of Northwest demonstration project

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March 25, 2015 Share This!

Issued by Battelle

  • Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project participant Avista, a Spokane-based utility, installed smart transformers to help improve the efficiency of its distribution system in Pullman.
    Image courtesy of Avista.

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SPOKANE, Wash. — National and Northwest energy leaders will convene April 1 to share high-level accomplishments of the nation's largest smart grid demonstration project and discuss what's next to make the regional power grid more efficient, reliable and sustainable.

About 150 energy professionals — including project participants, government officials and representatives of utilities, research companies and vendors — will gather in Spokane, Washington, for the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project Regional Symposium. Attendees will reflect on the project's major accomplishments and plan for future electric grid modernization after the project concludes in June. Topics to be discussed include project progress, lessons learned, consumer feedback and other anecdotal results. Complete and detailed project results will be available when the final technical report is finished and available by June.

"As we finish crunching the data collected during the project's past five years, this symposium allows us to kick-start a crucial dialogue on which next steps the region should take to improve electricity delivery and reliability for all," said Ron Melton, who directs the project for Battelle.

Planned speakers include:

  • Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
  • Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman, DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
  • Administrator Elliot Mainzer, Bonneville Power Administration
  • Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Overview of project accomplishments
  • The value and benefits of transactive energy management
  • Utility and technology participants' lessons learned from and thoughts on the project
  • Future of the Northwest power grid

Members of the media wishing to cover the symposium must register for free by 4:30 p.m. PT March 30 by contacting PNNL News & Media Relations at 509-375-3776. Other individuals wishing to participate in the symposium can pay the $75 registration fee online. Information about lodging at the event location is also on the website.

Event details:

  • What: Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project's Regional Symposium
  • When: Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., followed by private reception for registered participants
  • Where: The Historic Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St., Spokane, Washington
  • Why: Discuss regional smart grid research accomplishments, plan next steps

Tags: Energy, Smart Grid

The Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project is a five-year, $178-million research project. The Battelle-led project's participants include 11 utilities, the Bonneville Power Administration, two universities and multiple technology companies in five Northwest states: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. More than $80 million in advanced grid infrastructure has been installed for the project, which aims to make the power grid more efficient, reliable and sustainable. The project has been supported by the federal American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, through the Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, and participant-provided matching funds.

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