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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Transmission/Distribution

Transmission/Distribution


DOE Announces New Projects to Modernize America’s Electric Grid

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, January 14, 2016.
http://www.nrel.gov/news/press/2016/21618

"Today, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced up to $220 million in new funding for a consortium of DOE national laboratories and partners to support critical research and development over the next three years to help modernize our nation's electrical power grid. The secretary also announced the release of DOE's comprehensive new Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP), a blueprint for the Department's research, development, and demonstration agenda to enable a modernized grid."

Future Opportunities and Challenges with Using Demand Response as a Resource in Distribution System Operation and Planning Activities

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Electricity and Markets and Policy Group, Jan. 2016.
https://emp.lbl.gov/publications/future-opportunities-and-challenges

"The design and operation of the electric distribution system in the United States has been relatively constant and stable for many decades. Its simple radial "hub-and-spoke" design has effectively and efficiently transported electricity from the bulk power system to end-use customers. However, factors are at play that may fundamentally change the design and operation of the electric distribution system in the coming decade.... This scoping study focuses on identifying the ability for current and future Demand Response opportunities to contribute to distribution system management."

Marijuana Grow Houses Trigger 7 Summer Outages for Pacific Power

Utility Dive, Nov. 6, 2015, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/marijuana-grow-houses-trigger-7-summer-outages-for-pacific-power/408741/

"Pacific Power is urging would-be home growers to consult with the utility before starting up their marijuana operations, same as they should any time a customer intends to significantly increase their power load."

Controlling Networks of Microgrids Over the Industrial Internet

Solar Industry, Oct. 2015, by Lynne Canavan.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1510/FEAT_04_Controlling-Networks-Of-Microgrids-Over-The-Industrial-Internet.html

"The application of existing technologies to energy distribution will enable real-time control of renewable energy sources. With the introduction of smart power grids, all sectors of the energy industry are on the verge of a seismic shift. The enabling technologies of big data, data analytics and predictive maintenance are creating the industrial Internet that will make renewable energy assets responsive to demands in near real time."

WSU to Help Improve Cyber Security in Energy Delivery

WSU News, Oct. 12, 2015, by Tina Hilding.
https://news.wsu.edu/2015/10/12/wsu-to-help-improve-cyber-security-in-energy-delivery/

"Washington State University will participate in a new, five-year $28.1 million U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) initiative to improve computer/communication networks for energy delivery systems like power grids and pipelines."

Energy Storage: Changing the Game, Changing the Grid

Public Power, Sep./Oct. 2015, by Paul Clampoli and Laura D'Alessandro.
http://www.publicpower.org/Media/magazine/ArticleDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=44477

"Energy storage is emerging as a jack-of-all-trades resource. It's essential to renewable generation proliferation, the backbone of the smartphone decade, and the technology behind peak-shaving, grid-shoring, and other ancillary services. It also holds the key to the future grid, but there are still some obstacles standing in its way."

Smart Grid Trailblazers Identify Future Needs through the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project

Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA) Bulletin, Sep. 2015, by Tim Ledbetter.
http://www.journalgraphicsdigitalpublications.com/epubs/NORTHWEST%20PUBLIC%20POWER%20ASSOCIATION/NWPublicPowerAssocBulletinSeptember2015/#?page=26

"The Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, a five-year effort to advance knowledge and understanding of smart grid approaches and technologies, concluded earlier this year. But the project's outcomes are expected to inform smart grid deployment well into the future."

Searching for Equilibrium: How to Achieve It In the Era of Distributed Energy

Public Utilities Fortnightly, Aug. 2015, by David J. O'Brien.
http://www.fortnightly.com/fortnightly/2015/08/searching-equilibrium?authkey=1b8f573ff31babae044128d6c9f9c6755bd259c00f01b6cc6f6320f438d8a7f0

"Over the decades of state regulation of distribution utilities, we have seen prominent structural changes - independent power and restructuring - that have altered the basis of the regulatory bargain. Today we stand at another critical point: where the structural underpinnings of the regulatory compact have shifted and a state of disequilibrium exists."

Landmark Northwest Study Reveals Smart Grid Pros and Cons

Public Power Daily, July 20, 2015, by Elisa Wood.
http://www.publicpower.org/Media/daily/ArticleDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=44211

"A recently completed $178-million Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project led by Battelle demonstrated that smart grids are more efficient and resilient, according to a project report. The demonstration project was the largest of 16 smart grid demonstration projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The effort encompassed more than 60,000 metered customers, many of them served by public power utilities in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming."

Includes links to an Executive Summary and the full report.

Deploy Grid Energy Storage Using Best Practices From Existing Installations

Solar Industry, June 2015, by Chris Thompson.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1506/FEAT_03_Deploy-Grid-Energy-Storage-Using-Best-Practices-From-Existing-Installations.html

"...there are several commonalities between solar and grid-tied storage, and important lessons from the solar industry provide substantial guidance in energy storage application. Performance, pricing and packaging are the 'three Ps' of storage project deployment, derived from our direct experience in both solar and storage project deployment over the last few years."
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