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Transactive Campus Energy Systems: A Regional Renewables Integration Resource and R&D Testbed

Principal Investigator
Miguel A. Ortega-Vazquez

Co-PI(s)
Daniel Kirschen

Sponsor
State of Washington Department of Commerce

Award Period
07/01/2015 - 09/30/2017

Abstract
Washington State has a unique combination of world-leading smart grid companies, innovative utilities, research institutions, and a diverse mix of hydropower, nuclear, wind, gas, solar and other resources providing low-cost power to the Washington economy. Washington State also has a history of leadership in advancing energy efficiency as a core strategy to meet growth in electricity demand. Additionally, Washington generates almost half a billion dollars of electricity that is shipped to other states, creating jobs and revenue in Washington State. As Washington’s generating resources become more diverse, the population grows, penetration of renewable generation accelerates, and transmission capacity becomes more constrained, the need for better management of the electric grid and interactions with new energy technologies—such as flexible loads from buildings and energy storage—is an opportunity to advance Washington State as a leader in linking clean energy with a modern, intelligent power grid. Washington State’s Clean Energy Fund (WA-CEF) was established as a source of matching capital investments in the state’s research and development (R&D) infrastructure for federally-funded R&D projects, because of the importance of the opportunity to: • Link Washington’s information technology and energy technology expertise. • Apply that leadership to more effectively and cost-efficiently manage Washington’s own diverse clean energy resources. • Demonstrate new value streams and operational paradigms that can significantly enhance the integration of new technologies, including energy storage and solar in markets far beyond Washington State’s own borders.

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