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David Smith
Many regulators understand that innovation is increasingly important but candid discussion of new, sometimes disruptive, approaches is not simple. The Grid Forward launch event, Accelerating Grid Innovation Summit, provided a rare opportunity to address the issue.
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Grid Forward introduced its new name and mission at an event held in Portland, Oregon on June 21, 2019. The event, called “Accelerating Grid Innovation,” kicked off with a range of perspectives on grid innovation
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Miss the Grid Forward launch event? Lucky for you, Mark Ohrenschall of Clearing Up was there and wrote this review of the new organization and the entire event. He writes how the event “underscored shifts toward a more decarbonized, distributed and digital energy future, along with increased flexibility and customer choice. While the exact configuration...
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By Bryce Yonker, executive director and CEO, Grid Forward The last five years for Smart Grid Northwest have been on an exciting journey of growth, collaboration and progress. Our community has made major strides and big impacts across the Northwest electrical power system. Our members and stakeholders–and our organization, we believe–have played a central role. So...
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Approaches to improve resiliency are as varied as the geographies that comprise Alaska, Oregon and Washington. Ongoing regional projects demonstrate how the microgrids can add resiliency in different ways, suited to each community's resources and needs.
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To advance modernization of the regional power grid, Smart Grid Northwest announces that it has progressed into a new nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization named Grid Forward. This industry association unites the stakeholders involved in the regional energy system to work together to promote and accelerate innovation across the electric grid. “Smart Grid Northwest has accomplished its...
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Idaho Power recently announced an ambitious goal to provide 100-percent clean energy by 2045. In addition to its hydropower facilities, which typically meet almost half its customers’ energy demands, Idaho Power is planning  additional investments in wind, solar and other clean generation sources. For a broader understanding of the utility’s clean power plans, we put...
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By Erik Gilbert, Director, Navigant As AMI rolls out, how do utilities find operational insights in a surging river of data? This was the key question in one exciting session at the GridFWD 2018 conference held last October in Vancouver. The conference featured plenary talks from BC Hydro and Portland General Electric, as well as...
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There’s nothing like being on the floor of our industry’s biggest show to get a feel for what’s on people’s minds. If you didn’t attend DistribuTECH, or were too busy to get around, read this interview with Smart Grid Northwest’s delegates, Bryce Yonker and Lois Gordon. In talking to over a hundred utility and vendor...
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We’re very excited to promote a series of blog posts authored by Cadmus that are exploring the themes and discussions from GridFWD 2018, which took place October 10-11, 2018 in Vancouver, BC. The first two post have just come online, and more are in the works. If you missed GridFWD 2018, here’s your chance to...
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