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Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar: Non-Wires Solutions
Friday, March 16, 2007 - 2:00pm to Friday, March 16, 2007 - 3:00pm

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at PSU's Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science presents as part of the ECE507 Seminar Winter 2007 Series: Non-Wires Solutions.

Title: "Non-Wires Solutions "

Speaker: Brian Silverstein, Bonneville Power Administration

Date: Friday, March 16, 2007

Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Location: BA, 190

This series is free and open to the public. For further information, contact the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, (503) 725-3806 or

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The Bonneville Power Administration has embarked on a new era in transmission planning. As plans take shape to address load growth, constraints and congestion on the transmission system, BPA is considering measures other than building new lines, while maintaining it's commitment to provide reliable transmission service. The agency, along with others in the region, is exploring "non-wires solutions" as a way to defer large construction projects. BPA defines non-wires solutions as the broad array of alternatives, including demand response, distributed generation, conservation measures, generation siting and pricing strategies that individually or in combination delay or eliminate the need for upgrades to the transmission system.

Speaker Biography

Brian Silverstein is Vice President for Planning & Asset Management and Chief Engineer at the Bonneville Power Administration in Vancouver, Washington. He is responsible for planning the Bonneville transmission grid to meet safety, reliability, financial, customer, and public purpose objectives. He has been with the Bonneville since 1979, where he has focused on transmission reliability and policy issues. Brian has a Masters in Electric Power from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Oregon. In January, 2004 Brian was recognized by Engineering News-Record magazine as one of the Top News Makers for 2003 for his work on applying Non-Wires Solutions such as demand response and distributed generation to address transmission limitations.