World's 2nd most important smart grid pilot expands to second phase


By: SGN Staff


Quick Take: I think the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project is the world's most important smart grid pilot. I'm completely biased, since I live in the Northwest and I serve on an advisory committee for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the technical lead. Even discounting for my favoritism, the project has a lot going for it. It tests more things amongst more utilities at more distance than any other project I know about. Equally important, it is field-testing distributed intelligence and transactive energy, two things we must solve to move ahead.


I discovered my second favorite smart grid pilot during a trip to Holland a few years back. I visited one of the region's research labs, where the PowerMatching pilot was born. Like the PNNL-led demonstration, it tests ways to use "market" mechanisms to balance supply and demand. Important stuff. - Jesse Berst


Holland's PowerMatching City has entered its second phase with pilots in two more Dutch cities, Groningen and Hoogkerk.  "Changes are often achieved through means of open innovation in which players from different backgrounds and disciplines work together," said Albert van den Noort, PowerMatching City II’s project manager in a story at  PowerMatching City is a good example of this."


Residents will be able to view their own energy consumption data on tablet computers. The pilot will also test consumer demand for renewable energy. As the name implies, the project automatically matches supply and demand, both within each household and between households. PowerMatching City will test and balance a wide variety of equipment, including smart appliances, electric vehicles, energy storage, demand response, "hybrid' heat pumps, and combined heat and power. The project consortium includes several utilities and universities.


Jesse Berst is the founder and Chief Analyst of SGN and Chairman of the Smart Cities Council, an industry coalition.


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