The future arrived in Oregon today with the opening of Portland General
Electric's (NYSE: POR) new Salem Smart Power Center, an
8,000-square-foot facility in Salem, Ore., that offers a unique
insider's view of a working smart grid demonstration project.
Portland General Electric's Salem Smart Power Center includes a large-scale energy storage system. (Photo: Business Wire)
Outfitted with a large-scale energy storage system, the center is
designed to help PGE test how to store and better integrate variable
renewable energy sources like solar and wind into the electrical grid,
along with several other smart technologies as part of its Salem Smart
Power Project. The technologies work together to create a highly
reliable "micro-grid" that serves about 500 business and residential
customers in southeast Salem. An onsite visitor center offers
educational exhibits about the project and smart grid. Watch PGE's Salem
Smart Power video.
PGE collaborated with Eaton and EnerDel, Inc. on the $23 million Salem
Smart Power Project. The project received U.S. Department of Energy
matching funds as part of the largest regional smart grid demonstration
project in the nation - the Pacific
Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project (PNW-SGDP).
"Together with our project partners and customers, we are demonstrating
smart grid technologies to help Oregon and the nation learn how to build
intelligent energy resources for the future while continuing to deliver
long-term value for customers," said Jim Piro, PGE president and CEO.
"We are proud of he collaboration, hard work and ingenuity that went
into this project, and thank our Salem customers who volunteered to
participate in this important study."
"Increasing renewables, reliability and storage moves our country toward
a low-carbon, more sustainable energy future," said Senator Ron Wyden of
Oregon, chairman of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Committee. "This Smart Power Center and the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid
Demonstration Project show that when it comes to energy innovation,
Oregon takes a back seat to no one."
The PGE project will test energy storage, dispatchable standby
generation, remotely operated power line switches, demand response,
renewable energy integration and transactive control.
PGE worked with EnerDel
to outfit the center with their 5-megawatt, lithium-ion battery system,
to provide engineering expertise and two-way inverters to manage and
operate the energy storage system. The energy storage system works with
state of Oregon standby generators to create a high-reliability zone to
reduce service interruptions for PGE customers. The Oregon State Data
Center, Oregon Military Department and the Anderson Readiness Center are
"Oregon is already a national leader in energy efficiency with rich
opportunities to boost locally produced renewable energy and clean
energy infrastructure," said Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber. "It seems
only fitting we help lead a future that not only powers our homes and
businesses in the most efficient way, but also the smartest."
Salem-based Kettle Brand, pioneer of the kettle-cooked potato chip and
industry leader in sustainability, is connecting its 616-panel rooftop
solar installation to the project to help test storage and bring solar
energy into the grid when it's needed most.
To test demand-response technologies, PGE business customers are
volunteering to cycle their heating, cooling and other systems on and
off throughout the day or shift their use to off-peak. In addition,
residential customers are letting PGE automatically cycle their water
heaters on and off for brief periods throughout the day.
PGE also will be the first Northwest utility to test its own Smart PowerSM
software, which brings power generating resources online at the
optimal time to ensure customers receive the most benefit at the least
cost. It also works with transactive control technology being used in
the PNW-SGDP that communicates the cost of delivering energy through the
power system. For example, PGE will store energy at the center when
energy market prices are low, and pull from energy storage, rather than
buying power, when market prices are high.
The Salem Smart Power Project is part of the five-year PNW-SGDP, which
is managed by Battelle,
and involves more than 60,000 customers, 11 utilities, the Bonneville
Power Administration and several technology participants in Idaho,
Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. In the next two years, PGE
will provide data to PNW-SGDP as one of the project's 13 test sites that
represent the region's diverse terrain, weather and demographics.
About Portland General Electric Company
Portland General Electric, headquartered in Portland, is a fully
integrated electric utility that serves approximately 830,000
residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon. To learn
more about PGE's smart grid programs, visit www.PortlandGeneral.com/SmartGrid.
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