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U.S. grid operators prepare for country's largest pilot program

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The eyes of the energy industry will soon be fixed upon the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project's transaction control system, which if it succeeds, will change the way utilities manage electricity demand, supply and the conditions of the grid, Clean Technica reports.

The immense project plans to connect the assets of 11 utilities across a wide service area.

"We are in the midst of an impressive transformation of our electric power system. Technological advances are elevating the prospects of a more resilient, sustainable and efficient future power grid," said Carl Imhoff, manager of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's (PNNL's) Energy and Environment Directorates’ electricity infrastructure market sector. "Yet the question remains of how to get us there."

Imhoff posed several questions in a recent editorial, including how smart grid technologies can create a more efficient and reliable grid and how these technologies can be best integrated, which he says the new program could answer, according to the news source.

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