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Battelle Memorial Institute

Pacific Northwest Division Smart Grid Demonstration Project


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. 

Contact Information

Mario Sciulli
Project Manager
National Energy Technology Laboratory
626 Cochrans Mill Road
Pittsburgh, PA 152369-0940

Ron Melton
Project Director
902 Battelle Blvd
Richland, WA 99354-1873

Donald Hammerstrom
Principal Investigator
Battelle Memorial Institute
902 Battelle Blvd
Richland, WA 99354-1873

Recipient: Battelle Memorial Institute (Pacific Northwest Division Smart Grid Demonstration Project)
HQ State: Washington
NERC Region:
Total Budget: $177,642,503
Federal Share: $88,821,251
Funding Program:
Project Type:
Targeted Benefits:
  • Creation of approximately 1,500 jobs in manufacturing, installing, and operating Smart Grid equipment, telecommunications networks, software, and controls
  • More cost effective, clean, reliable electricity supply
  • Increased grid efficiency, reliability, and intelligence
  • Customers empowered to conserve energy and avert increased energy cost