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As part of PNW-SGDP communications and outreach activities, in 2014 the Bonneville Power Administration began developing a series of articles and videos chronicling the experiences and successes of the demonstration project's participating utilities. The articles are listed below.

Power grid getting smarter with big battery in Salem

Energy storage tested for Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project

SALEM, Ore. - Research conducted with a large new battery unveiled today in Oregon will help make the Northwest's and the nation's electric system smarter and more efficient, officials said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Portland General Electric's 5-megawatt, lithium-ion energy storage system was shared with the public today at the utility's Salem Smart Power Center in South Salem, Ore. The energy storage facility is part of PGE's contribution to the Battelle-led Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project. Half of PGE's $23-million portion of the regional project was paid for with U.S. Department of Energy funds. The regional demonstration is a five-year, $178-million project that launched in 2010.

Several guest speakers attended the event, including Oregon's U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, Pat Hoffman, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) at the United States Department of Energy, Elliot Mainzer, Deputy Administrator at Bonneville Power Administration, and Ron Melton, Project Director of the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project.

The battery is part of a highly reliable, localized power zone called a microgrid that will enable about 500 southeast Salem customers to tap into a power reserve during electricity disruptions such as blackouts. The battery and microgrid are examples of the innovative technologies and methods being tested through the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project.

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