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Benton PUD

Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration ProjectBenton PUD logoThe Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, or PNW-SGDP, is a collaborative, five-year test of new technologies and capabilities that will make our regional power grid smarter.  Unique in size and scope, the PNW-SGDP involves the Bonneville Power Administration, five technology partners, 11 utilities across five states, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, and the University of Washington. The PNW-SGDP will demonstrate the potential for a safe, scalable and interoperable smart grid for regulated and non-regulated utility environments. The project is managed by Battelle’s Pacific Northwest Division located in Richland, Wash. Battelle is a $5 billion non-for-profit organization that benefits mankind by helping solve some of the world’s toughest science and technology based challenges.
Project OverviewBenton PUD will demonstrate how small-scale distributed energy storage and generation devices could be dispatched to firm intermittent wind generation and to reduce peak electrical demand. Additionally, time synchronized power system data will be collected from intelligent electronic devices to be installed on the distribution system and from the utility’s Automated Metering Infrastructure and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition. Benton PUD will demonstrate how organizing and presenting smart grid data to utility personnel will improve system operations and analysis processes, resulting in more efficient power  distribution and improved quality of service.
About Benton PUDBenton PUD provides more than 47,000 customers electricity in the Washington State cities of Kennewick, Finley, Benton City and Prosser, and the surrounding area in Benton County. In 2000, Benton PUD added wholesale broadband to its services. Today, Benton PUD employs 150 people with offices in Kennewick and Prosser.

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