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October 31, 2012

Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demo Begins Data Collection

The Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project on October 24 began a two-year period of collecting energy-use data from its 11 participating utilities. The approximately $178 million project is a public-private demonstration, co-funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Energy Department. It will involve more than 60,000 metered customers and is the largest demonstration of its kind. A team will evaluate the data from five states—Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming—at the Energy Department's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

In this phase, 11 participating utilities will evaluate the benefits of Smart Grid technologies at the local and regional levels. The project team will look at how a smarter grid can help deliver electricity more efficiently using a two-way information exchange, and how more wind and solar energy power can be used. Battelle Memorial Institute is leading the collaboration with utilities, universities, and technology partners. See the PNNL press release, the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid website, and the website.