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Pacific Region Develops Technology to Integrate Renewables

Several organizations in he U.S. pacific northwest will establish a new framework of web-based technology to integrate renewable energy and other distributed sources, in order to strengthen the transmission systems to secure the region’s energy supply.

PORTLAND, Oregon, US, 2001-11-21 [] Celerity Energy of Portland, Oregon, and Sixth Dimension of Fort Collins, Colorado, have joined Bonneville Power Administration to launch an initial phase of a project to explore the value that distributed energy resources can bring to the region as part of BPA’s EnergyWeb concept. Celerity will identify distributed energy resources while Sixth Dimension will provide the communications, control and coordination technology to be used with the resources as they are aggregated in the second phase of the project. The Department of Energy will participate through the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. PNNL will provide modeling and analysis of the resources to further optimize the energy resource mix. “Distributed energy resources offer a terrific opportunity to address a range of energy issues in the Northwest,” says Celerity vice president Dennis Quinn. “These resources already exist in energy conservation, load management and small generation. But we think combining demand management with new generation and communications technologies will open a new world of regional benefits.” Individually, the resources offer little benefit in the context of new energy markets. By networking the resources into usable blocks of power, BPA expects to gain a new resource to meet peak demands and increase system benefits. Distributed resources include stand-alone generation found in most commercial and institutional buildings or industrial facilities to provide emergency power during a power outage. They also include renewable energy systems, advanced energy storage and demand management.