Governor Kulongoski announces Smart Grid Investment for Northwest
Recovery Act awards grant of $88 million for project that spans five Western states
(Salem) – Governor Ted Kulongoski today announced that Oregon and four other western states have been awarded an $88 million grant for a regional smart grid demonstration project through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act).
The total project value is $177 million over five years and is being administered through Battelle Memorial Institute. The Recovery Act provides 50 percent of project costs and the other 50 percent will be provided by project participants, primarily utilities and technology companies.
“This project will help us take the next step in building the nation’s future energy infrastructure and demonstrate how we can transition to a cleaner, more efficient and independent energy system,” said Governor Kulongoski “In addition to moving toward energy independence, this project will create thousands of jobs across the Pacific Northwest.”
The Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project will span five states and affect more than 60,000 consumers. The states include Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. The intent of the project is to demonstrate and validate new smart grid technologies and inform business cases; provide two-way communication between distributed generation, storage, and demand assets and the existing grid infrastructure; quantify smart grid costs and benefits; and advance interoperability standards and cyber security approaches.
The demonstration project awarded today features 12 utilities and 15 test sites and is anticipated to create or retain over 1500 jobs across the five states. The utilities involved represent a geographic and demographic diversity that will enable the project to test energy needs in extremes of weather and terrain typical of the Western United States, evaluate end-use customer behavior for different types of utilities, and provide information on how to best support renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities.
For more information on the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, click here.
Anna Richter Taylor, 503-378-6169
Jillian Schoene, 503-378-5040
Rem Nivens 503-378-6496
Courtney Warner (Economic Recovery), 503-378-3554