Smart Grid Demo Project Concluding; Results to Enlighten Grid Modernization
Outcomes from the five-year, Battelle-led Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project (PNW-SGDP) are on the way. This regional endeavor implemented smart grid concepts and technologies across five Northwest states. Concluding later this year, results from the project will play an important role in shaping regional and national policy and approaches for advancing grid modernization.
Recent project highlights include:
- Data collection came to an orderly close in late August, achieving a key project milestone and signaling the beginning of data analysis. Final project reports are expected to be completed later this spring.
- BPA series of Success Stories, developed by project partners at Bonneville Power Association, showcase the accomplishments of the project's ten participating utilities and the University of Washington. From Milton-Freewater City Light and Power in rural Oregon, to large regional utilities like Avista, the articles chronicle the partners’ efforts and illustrate the uniqueness of this trailblazing, five-state project.
- Flathead Electric Co-op, one of the participating utilities, conducted a customer survey and found approximately 90 percent of respondents were pleased overall with their experience in the grid demonstration project and indicated they’d not only be willing to take part again, but would recommend the program to their friends and neighbors. Through the PNW-SGDP, the Co-op offered customers (who volunteered to participate) three different in-home technology options designed to help reduce energy consumption during peak demand periods.
The PNW-SGDP is led by PNNL scientist Ron Melton, with additional Battelle staff at PNNL involved in key leadership and implementation roles. Plans for a regional symposium to share overall results and establish future collaborations are underway.