The region’s electricity system has grown substantially through the decades. But today organizations, including BPA are employing new technologies to enhance the power grid and solve industry challenges.
In 2009, BPA launched a study, known as the Smart Grid Regional Business Case, to analyze the costs and benefits of smart-grid technologies and identify smart grid investments with the highest potential value for BPA, electric utilities and the Northwest. Several future scenarios were considered for the analysis, including significant increases in the adoption rates of solar or building automation and major advancements in energy storage. The study was also developed with input from a number of regional stakeholders, including distribution utilities and the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, and incorporated findings from the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Projectand other smart grid studies.