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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


How Spokane Is Building a Smart City From the Grid Out, With Transactive Energy Included

GreenTech Media, Nov. 14, 2016, by Jeff St. John.
https://www.greentechmedia.com/squared/read/how-spokane-is-building-a-smart-city-from-the-ground-up-with-transactive-en

"Spokane, a city of some 210,000 people in the foothills of eastern Washington state, is not the first place that comes to mind when one thinks about cutting-edge smart city deployments, or the latest efforts in transactive energy. But utility Avista and smart metering giant Itron want it to earn its place on that map."

IIoT and the Smart Grid Connection

Automation World, Nov. 3, 2016, by David Greenfield.
http://www.automationworld.com/all/iiot-and-smart-grid-connection

"As different as the energy industry is from the manufacturing and processing industries, there are increasing connection points between the two when it comes to Internet of Things technology deployments and the benefits that can be derived from them."

For Utilities Hoping to Unlock Smart Grid Opportunities, Data Is the Key

Utility Dive, Oct. 5, 2016, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/for-utilities-hoping-to-unlock-smart-grid-opportunities-data-is-the-key/427604/

"Having a smart meter installed doesn't mean an electric customer is interested in, or aware of, clean energy products and services. Conversely, new research shows plenty of consumers without advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) want a smart thermostat, time-varying electric rate or other new offering from their utility. How can utilities bridge that gap and connect these customers to smart grid opportunities? "

Water Heaters: As Sexy as a Tesla?

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) Outlet, Feb. 24, 2016, by Margaret McCall.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2016_02_24_water_heaters_as_sexy_as_a_tesla

"Of all the new tech emerging on the energy landscape, water heaters seem an unlikely contender. Alongside battery players like Tesla, with its Model X and Powerwall water heaters look like even more of a stretch. However, the growing industry consensus is that grid-interactive water heaters have serious potential. They just might be the unexpected battery in your basement."

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Tapped to Develop Transformational Grid Technology

Windpower Engineering & Development, Jan. 25, 2016, by Paul Dvorak.
http://www.windpowerengineering.com/design/electrical/nreca-tapped-to-develop-transformational-grid-technology/

"The Department of Energy’s advanced research group has selected the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association to develop breakthrough data repositories and open-access models of the electric grid—foundational tools that are needed to modernize the country’s electric infrastructure."

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."

New PNNL Research to Help Modernize Power Grid

Tri-City Herald, Jan. 15, 2016, by  Annette Cary.
http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/pacific-northwest-national-lab/article55039935.html

"Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland will play a key role in up to $220 million worth of new federal research projects to modernize the electric grid."

How Technical Advances are Driving Flow Batteries Closer to Mass Commercialization

Utility Dive, Jan. 12, 2016, by Peter Maloney.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/how-technical-advances-are-driving-flow-batteries-closer-to-mass-commercial/411923/

"Recent technical advances are sparking interest in flow batteries by offering the promise of significant cost reductions that could make them better able to compete for market share with solid state storage devices, such as the nearly ubiquitous lithium-ion battery. But full commercialization is still several years off, analysts say."

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."

Making Advanced Metering Infrastructure Work for a Small Utility

Public Power, Jul/Aug 2015, by Susan Ryba.
http://www.publicpower.org/Media/magazine/ArticleDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=44157

"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."
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