NW states team up for energy test

Twelve Northwest utilities have joined a proposal to test a new smart power grid.

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Utilities in five Northwest states will take part in the testing of a new smart power grid, led by Battelle of Richland, Wash.

The term “smart grid” has come to include any improvements in the way energy is transmitted, stored and consumed. And the federal Department of Energy has taken proposals from utilities across the country wanting to demonstrate their smart-grid projects.

Carl Imhoff, a research director with Battelle, said that the regional reach of this proposal, with participants from Wyoming to Oregon, makes it stand out. “It’s cutting across a layer of the utility system that has not been done as aggressively,” he said.

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