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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: Smart Grid

Smart Grid

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.

"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."

Making Advanced Metering Infrastructure Work for a Small Utility

Public Power, Jul/Aug 2015, by Susan Ryba.

"A rural community in North Carolina, Kings Mountain, has owned and operated its own utility system for more than 100 years and now serves about 6,000 electric, natural gas and water/sewer customers. The city’s electric, water and natural gas services are monitored and managed utilizing an advanced metering infrastructure system for assistance. The city’s leadership determined that the rollout of these technologies would be open and transparent to make sure the community not only accepted the new technology, but also welcomed it."

Landmark Northwest Study Reveals Smart Grid Pros and Cons

Public Power Daily, July 20, 2015, by Elisa Wood.

"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.

Advanced Energy Now 2015 Market Report

Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) and Navigant Research, Mar. 2015.

"Advanced Energy Now 2015 Market Report is our third annual report on the size, growth, and trends in the advanced energy market, globally and in the United States. It traces the growth of our industry since publication of Economic Impacts of Advanced Energy in 2013. Beginning with that report, Navigant Research has been tracking global and U.S. revenue for AEE, with 2011 as the baseline. "

EPRI Unveils Benefit-Cost Framework for an Integrated Grid

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Press Release, Feb. 16, 2015.

"The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) released today a framework that all stakeholders in the electricity sector can use to assess benefits and costs of technologies and systems related to the integration of distributed energy resources (DER), such as solar, wind and micro-grids, into the planning and operations of the electric system. EPRI also identified a series of pilot projects in which the framework can be applied, potentially providing the electricity sector with technical and financial insights and a roadmap to support the deployment of what EPRI calls "The Integrated Grid," or one that makes best and fullest use of both central and distributed energy resources."

AT&T, GE Team Up to Power Smart Energy Innovation

ZDNet, Feb. 2015, by Rachel King.

"Building off of a previous partnership announced in 2013 as General Electric was launching its Industrial Internet cloud, AT&T and GE are fine tuning the focus here on smart grids with connected solutions that could be deployed across towns and cities. Among some of the initial innovations already in the pipeline include intelligent lighting that could be installed on streetlamps as well as a smart meter based off of GE's existing smart meters, but now embedded with AT&T cellular technology. The latter solution is already being piloted with two unnamed North American renewable energy companies."

Smart Grid Provides Power Bridge to Fox Island [WA]

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) Newsroom, Oct. 8, 2014.

A PNW Smart Grid Demonstration Project success story:
"The goal of the demonstration project is to test how new technologies can integrate renewable energy and improve reliability for grid operators while lowering the costs of energy for consumers. Led by Battelle Northwest, the Department of Energy Recovery Act project involved 11 utilities, five technology partners and two universities across five states in the nation’s largest test to modernize the grid. DOE matched the funds of participants, including the Bonneville Power Administration’s $10 million contribution. PenLight [Penisnula Light Co.] invested $1.2 million in the $178 million cost-share project."

Smart Grid Master Planning at NC State: Centennial Campus Already a Smart Grid R&D Leader

District Energy, Third Quarter 2014, by Ben Dombrowski.

"North Carolina State University recently commissioned a smart grid master plan to guide the development of integrated, efficient and optimized utility services on its research campus."

AMI-Based Load Research

Rural Electric Magazine, Aug. 2014, by Reed Karaim.

"Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) project proves value of smart meters in load analysis."

This is the 2nd in a series of articles on the $68 million Smart Grid Demonstration Project, a U.S. Department of Energy initiative undertaken by NRECA's Cooperative Research Network and 23 electric cooperatives. The 1st article, Testing the Smart Grid, is at

Improving the Smart Grid: By Using ACCC Conductor

North American Clean Energy, Jul/Aug 2014, by D.C. Bryant.

"In the attempt to modernize transmission infrastructure, it’s important to re-consider the capacity, efficiency, and reliability of the conductors used in the Smart Grid. It’s worth recalling past experiences, and the lessons that underscore the significance of conductor sag, along with the limitations of computers and telemetry devices during peak demand periods, N-1 conditions, and other emergency conditions.
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