The world energy system will rapidly electrify in coming years, presenting daunting challenges and substantial opportunities for electricity suppliers, technology suppliers, regulators and other system participants.
Washington and the Pacific Northwest have a unique combination of electric sector assets – clean hydro and wind power, strong conservation and efficiency practices, progressive utilities, technology and research talent. These assets, however, are often deployed as separate components, leaving potential system-level synergies unrealized.
An academic-industry-government partnership
Leading researchers at the University of Washington and Washington State University have founded the Washington Center for Electric Energy Systems, an academic-industry-government partnership which will help unify efforts in our state and region in the area of smart grids and renewable energy. This center will:
- Research systems aspects of the smart grid
- Encompass system-level architecture:
- protection and control
- computational issues
- Initiate and support education activities in smart grid technologies.