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Battelle Memorial Institute Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project Description

September 2015
U.S. Department of Energy
Battelle Memorial Institute, pacific northwest, Richland, Washington, smartgrid, Smart Grid, SGDP

Battelle Memorial Institute is collaborating with utilities, universities, and technology partners in a Smart Grid demonstration project across five states and three climatic regions, spanning the electrical system from generation to end-use, and containing all key functionalities of the future Smart Grid. This demonstration will validate new technologies; provide two-way communication between distributed generation, storage and demand assets, and the existing grid infrastructure; quantify Smart Grid costs and benefits; advance interoperability standards and cyber security approaches; and validate new business models. More than 20 types of responsive Smart Grid assets will be tested across six regional and utility operational objectives at 15 unique distribution sites operated by 11 utilities. A base of Smart Grid technology serving more than 60,000 customers will be installed, validated, and operated. All use classes are represented in the demonstration including residential, commercial, industrial, and irrigation customers. The demonstration will develop a single integrated Smart Grid incentive-signaling approach and will test and validate its ability to continuously coordinate the responses of Smart Grid assets to meet a wide range of operational objectives. It will also be among the first to engage distributed control so that wind integration problems are mitigated. Micro-grid islanding will also be evaluated for its potential to enhance reliability for customers and relieve energy demand. Team members are committed to commercializing proven technologies.