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“Glimpses of Energy Innovations” – Clearing Up Recaps Launch of Grid Forward

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...
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Why Grid Forward? Why now? The view from executive director Bryce Yonker

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...
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Three Microgrids, Three Approaches to Resiliency for Our Region

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...
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Smart Grid Northwest Now Becomes Grid Forward to Promote and Accelerate Grid Innovation

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...
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100% Clean Power is the Right Thing to Do – an Interview with Idaho Power’s Lisa Grow

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...
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Six Key Insights About Getting Value from AMI Data

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...
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The Buzz from DistribuTECH – Smart Grid Northwest on the Ground in New Orleans

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...
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Cadmus Analyzes Top Grid Modernization Insights from GridFWD 2018

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...
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Avista and Duke Energy Join Forces for Open Energy Solutions: Comments from Curt Kirkeby

Avista Development, a subsidiary of Avista Corp and Duke Energy announced a joint investment in Open Energy Solutions Inc. (OES) to develop open source software for grid edge technology solutions. This marks the first time...
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