Grid demo annual report chronicles 2013 accomplishments
2013 was another year of progress and learning for the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project (PNW-SGDP).
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.
- Going live with a smarter electric grid
- City of Idaho Falls unveils new fleet of Chevy Volts
- Advanced Metering in Idaho Falls
- Working Together toward Interoperability
- Forecasting is the Key to Smart Use of Renewable Energy
- Ellensburg's Renewables Park
- Informing Smart Grid Investments in the Pacific Northwest
- Establishing the Transactive Incentive Signal- Another Milestone in the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project
- Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project moves forward; NETL authorizes full funding
- Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration cited in White House report
- New Projects Reflect Battelle Role in Smart Grid Future
- Secretary Chu Announces $620 Million for Smart Grid Demonstration and Energy Storage Projects