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May 2019

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• Avista and Tuscan Electric Power Join EIM
• See the speakers for Grid Forward launch event
• 3 microgrids, 3 approaches to resiliency
• WA State $38M clean energy funding
• Grid Modernization paper from Cadmus

AVISTA AND TUCSON ELECTRIC POWER JOIN EIM; BPA STUDY FINDS $42.7M ANNUAL BENEFIT FROM PARTICIPATION

Avista and Tucson Electric Power have agreed to join the Western EIM, on the heels of announcements by NorthWestern Energy and PNA. This brings the total to 17 organizations across 10 western states and British Columbia. Also, Tacoma Power recently provided comments on its EIM participation, and BPA issued its study finding a $42.7M annual benefit to its organization as it considers the process of participation. The benefits to participants in the EIM (in total, $650M by last month) are certainly continuing to accelerate. (Image source: Western EIM)

GREAT SPEAKERS AT JUNE 21 LAUNCH EVENT - TIME TO REGISTER

We're celebrating our new name and mission as Grid Forward with an exciting launch event exploring a topic central to our mission, Accelerating Grid Innovation. Come hear from and interact with these industry experts: 

It all starts with our first membership meeting as Grid Forward at 9am, followed by sessions on Innovative Grid Modernization Deployments, Fostering the Innovation Pipeline, and Policies and Models That Encourage Innovation. Members get a complimentary ticket, but everyone is invited to attend for $50. Please register now to hold your seat.

THREE MICROGRIDS SHOW THREE APPROACHES TO RESILIENCY FOR OUR REGION

These regional projects demonstrate how the microgrids can add resiliency as well as benefits suited to community’s resources and needs--whether its emergency power in Eugene, solar energy credits in Snohomish County, or cutting diesel fuel costs in Cordova, Alaska. Read this original article.

WA STATE CAPITAL BUDGET TAPS $38M FOR CLEAN ENERGY TRANSITION PROJECTS

The Washington State Legislature approved its Capital Budget on April 27 includes $38M in funding for Clean Energy capital projects. The 2019-21 Capital Budget includes $6.1M for grid modernization, $4.4M for the Northwest Seaport Alliance shore power electrification, $8.1M for

R&D and deployment, $8.3M for grid scale storage facility at PNNL, and other projects. Here is a good recap.

GET THE NEW DOWNLOAD FROM CADMUS: GRID MODERNIZATION IN THE NORTHWEST


At the 2018 GridFWD conference, we convened around 250 energy service professionals in Vancouver, British Columbia to discuss and collaborate on emerging solutions for grid modernization. In a series of four articles, Cadmus presents some key themes that emerged regarding grid modernization and the different pathways, priorities and solutions discussed as next steps in moving this process forward. Click here to download.

AVISTA AND PNM COMMIT TO 100% CLEAN POWER


Avista and Public Service Co. of New Mexico (PNM) have both announced goals for 100% carbon-free power: Avista plans to achieve 100% carbon-neutral electricity by 2027 and carbon-free power by 2045, while  PNM is planning to eliminate carbon emissions by 2040. Both utilities' main service areas have passed 100% clean-energy mandates this year.

OTHER REGIONAL SMART GRID NEWS

Read highlights of the WECC Western Reliability Summit in the RTO Insider.

Federal energy regulators granted approval and a license to the Swan Lake North 400 MW closed-loop energy storage project near Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Tendril acquired Seattle-based EnergySavvy, its second acquisition since December to compete with Oracle’s Opower and Bidgely in the utility customer service field.

PNNL’s Jeffrey Taft and Ronald Melton publish third part in Next-Gen Grid Architecture series on Electric Light&Power; this part drills into industry structure and an architecture process to plan for change.

Canadian VC firm Pangaea Ventures has closed its fourth advanced-materials fund, raising about $95 million (US$70 million) in commitments, which targets in clean tech, energy and other sectors.

NEC has completed a 500 kW/1000 kWh battery energy storage system installed at the Howard Elementary School in Eugene, part of EWEB’s program to improve resiliency and emergency services.

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Energy Northwest owns and operates a diverse mix of 100 percent clean electricity generating resources: hydro, solar and wind projects, and the third-largest provider of electricity in Washington – the Columbia Generating Station nuclear power facility. As an independent joint action agency of Washington state, Energy Northwest comprises 27 public power member utilities from across the state serving more than 1.5 million customers. Energy Northwest has particular expertise in the operation and maintenance of existing power plants and development of new projects using a variety of traditional and emerging technologies.  The organization continues to explore and develop new energy assets to support the needs of public power and the modernization of the grid.

GRID EVENTS

Roadmap 12
June 18-19
Portland, OR
Hydrovision International
July 23-25
Portland, OR
SEPA Grid Evolution Summit
July 29 - August 1
Washington, D.C.

REGIONAL SMART GRID JOBS​

Associate Director - Energy System Transformation - Navigant

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

Communications and Engagement Manager - Climate Solutions

Director - Energy Systems Innovation Center - WSU Pullman

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 GRID FORWARD, FORMERLY SMART GRID NORTHWEST

Grid Forward is a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association dedicated to promoting and accelerating innovation on the regional electric system. Founded in 2010 as Smart Grid Oregon and then renamed Smart Grid Northwest in 2014, the organization has more than 70 members representing regional utilities, advanced technology providers, major energy users, higher education, government agencies, non-profits and other grid development stakeholders. Grid Forward is committed to providing community and resources for leaders who are working to bring modernization into the electric system by way of advanced technology solutions, updated regulatory and business practices, pathways for funding, and improved corporate culture. More details are available at GridForward.org.

Thanks for building a smarter power system in the Pacific Northwest with us! For more information on our organization, please contact:
Grid Forward
formerly Smart Grid NW
2705 E Burnside St #212
Portland, OR 97214
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