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APRIL 2019

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• Idaho Power's Lisa Grow on 100% Clean Energy
• Accelerating grid innovation, at our annual meeting
• The Future Grid: new GridFWD post from Cadmus
• Sneak peak at GridFWD 2019 speakers
• Much more regional grid mod news

100% CLEAN POWER IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO – AN INTERVIEW
WITH LISA GROW, IDAHO POWER SENIOR VP AND COO

Idaho Power announced plans for 100-percent clean energy by 2045, which includes investments in wind, solar and other clean generation sources. To get the bigger story, we put a few questions to Lisa Grow, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Idaho Power. Read her comments on our blog.

JOIN US IN PORTLAND FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING FOCUSED ON ACCELERATING GRID INNOVATION

You can make a difference at our membership meeting in Portland on Friday, June 21 (please note the change from June 20). First, Smart Grid NW will be electing new board members--if you know someone who should help guide our organization as a member of the board of directors (is that you?!) please contact Bryce very soon.

Second, we would welcome you to attend the annual meeting and hear first-hand about the refined focus and expanded member value we’re planning. Details for the event focused around ‘Accelerating Grid Innovation’ will be posted shortly but mark 9AM to 2PM at the World Trade Center in Portland in your calendar. If you want a sneak peak at the program also email Bryce.

All people in our community are welcome to this meeting but contact Membership Director Sam Teal if you would like to make sure your membership is current.

THE FUTURE GRID: COLLABORATION OR COMPETITION BETWEEN UTILITIES AND TECH FIRMS?

The relationship between consumers, power companies and technology is fast evolving: where will it end up? Cadmus explores this topic as it was discussed at GridFWD 2018 last fall. Read some insights from leaders including Amazon, Bidgely, ecobee, FortisBC and Google. Go to Cadmus blog post.

FIRST LOOK AT GRIDFWD 2019 THEMES AND SPEAKERS

You’ll want to join us as we dive into modernization best practices, a culture of innovation, and markets & models. Who’s “us”? Our initial confirmed speakers come from many of the organizations driving the grid forward: Avista, City of Fort Collins, ConEd, Hawaii PUC, Illinois Commerce Commission, Regulatory Assistance Project, SnoPUD, Seattle City Light and Tacoma Power. Visit GridFWD.com and mark your calendar for October 7-9 in Seattle.

WASHINGTON HOUSE PASSES 100% CLEAN ENERGY BILL

Washington's House of Representatives approved a 100% clean energy bill that phases out coal entirely by 2025, requires all electricity sales to be carbon-neutral by 2030, and targets 100% of icarbon-free electricity by 2045. It will need to be reconciled in the state senate.

OTHER REGIONAL SMART GRID NEWS

Washington’s Department of Commerce has selected four proposed electric grid modernization projects -- at Avista, Orcas Power and Light, Puget Sound Energy and Tacoma Power -- to receive a total of $10.6 million in grants from the WA Clean Energy Fund.

PacifiCorp subsidiary Rocky Mountain Power has asked the Utah PSC for authorization to implement three "innovative utility programs,” including a battery demand response project in a 600-unit multi-family development, and an intermodal transportation charging and power balancing system.

BC-based Carbon Engineering has demonstrated capturing CO2 in a cost-effective way, and has received a $68m in new investments from the oil&gas industry.

Data analytics and the utility community of the future article in Utility Dive quotes Smart Grid NW board member Matt Schnugg, senior director of data and analytics for GE Power Digital: "Data is a linchpin of our collective energy future." Data will optimize assets across "the energy network" for "navigating the digital transformation."

Changes to Oregon House Bill 2020 amend a cap-and-trade program on greenhouse gas emissions, targeting a 45 percent drop from 1990 emission levels by 2035, and an 80 percent drop by 2050.

Keeping up with new energy demand: cannabis and blockchain requests grow the FortisBC service area.

SEPA explores how utilities can encourage EV adoption through customer-centric programs.

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

As one of the U.S. DOE’s national laboratories, INL is the nation’s lead laboratory for nuclear energy research, development, demonstration and deployment. Its has capabilities in research for energy efficiency, integration of renewable energy sources, investigation of new materials, and subsurface characterization. It is a national leader in the development of integrated energy system concepts, electric vehicle system diagnostics and testing, and biomass research. It is managed and operated by Battelle Energy Alliance.

GRID EVENTS

Oregon Energy Future Conference
May 21
Portland, OR
 
Roadmap 12
June 18-19
Portland, OR
 
Smart Grid NW Membership Meeting
June 21
Portland, OR
 
SEPA Grid Evolution Summit
July 29 - August 1
Washington, D.C.

NW SMART GRID JOBS​

Chief Engineer, Distribution and Demand Response - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - PNNL

Director - Energy Systems Innovation Center - WSU Pullman

Energy Solutions Developer - Amazon

Sr. Battery Engineer - VanderHouwen

Vice President of Operations - McKinstry smart grid initiatives team

Virtual Power Plant IT Solutions Manager - Portland General Electric

BECOME A MEMBER

Please invite your peers in Northwest utilities, technology providers and governments to join you in making Smart Grid Northwest successful. Just direct them to our Membership Page. Thank you!
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ABOUT SMART GRID NORTHWEST

Smart Grid Northwest is a trade association with a mission to promote, grow and enable the smart grid industry and infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest. Smart Grid Northwest is dually focused on creating an environment that encourages smart grid industries to thrive while also promoting the deployment of smart grid solutions across the Northwest through education, policy, and planning. Learn more at SmartGridNW.org.

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Portland, OR 97214
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