PNNL's technology has already proven highly effective in real-world installations, such as the Pacific Northwest GridWise Demonstration Project, which PNNL led on Washington State's Olympic Peninsula from 2006 to 2007. A related version of the technology is also being used in the Battelle-led Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, a large-scale demonstration project designed to help bring the nation's electric transmission system into the information age. It has demonstrated the ability to provide a market mechanism to reward electricity consumers, while reducing energy consumption where and when it is needed using real-time demand and pricing signals.
For utility operations teams, the intelligence of PNNL's technology -- particularly its ability to provide automated demand management and price bidding -- will also reduce administrative complexity while providing far faster control over loads.
"At one time, the Soviet Union used a centrally planned economy, but the complexities of the modern world forced it to switch to a market-based approach," Jesse Berst explained. "In the same fashion, the electric power system is still trying to get by with centralized dispatch and control. Thanks to these breakthroughs from PNNL, it can now adopt a market-based approach that is far faster and more precise."
Interdisciplinary teams at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory address many of America's most pressing issues in energy, the environment and national security through advances in basic and applied science. PNNL employs 4,500 staff, has an annual budget of nearly $1 billion and has been managed for the U.S. Department of Energy by Ohio-based Battelle since the laboratory's inception in 1965. For more, visit the PNNL's News Center, or follow PNNL on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
About Calico Energy Services
Calico Energy provides a unified operations center that connects data, devices, software engines and applications. Through centralized reporting and powerful analytics, this "hub" enables intelligent decision making -- as well as control of targeted energy resources and grid assets. Calico improves decision making by unifying all relevant data from inside and outside a utility and providing insight through advanced analytics and forecasting capabilities.
Calico also allows utilities to create, execute, test and fine-tune diverse load-management programs to meet operational needs, business goals and regulatory requirements -- both today and in the future. The Company's commitment to industry standards and open architecture ensures ongoing support for new and evolving technologies. To learn more about Calico Energy Services, please visit www.calicoenergy.com, or follow Calico on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
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