Instructors: Jeffrey Hammarlund and Michael Jung
Urban Center (506 SW Mill Street), Room 204,
THE NORTHWEST POWER SYSTEM HAS FACED MANY CHALLENGES. The latest: How to integrate the dramatic increases in wind-generated electricity into a regional power system whose flexibility is limited by competing demands. Many regional energy experts now view the Smart Grid as a potentially important component of a more comprehensive regional strategy to support the integration of wind and other renewable resource options. Its advocates argue that it can also support demand response, distributed generation, and energy storage strategies, provide load-balancing services, support grid stabilization, and empower consumers to partner with utilities in new and innovative ways. However, the Smart Grid is far from a panacea; we will also explore its limitations and key objections.