National Grid and the US DOE's Pacific Northwest National Lab entered an agreement to work together on research on transmission grid modernization and energy storage technologies, the lab said yesterday. The electricity industry is undergoing sweeping changes, including evolving customer expectations, proliferation of renewable and DER, and state energy policies affecting what the transmission grid is being asked to do, it added.
Both parties are focused on creating a robust, flexible, and secure grid that will deliver the nation's clean, reliable, and affordable energy future. The collaboration is to include grid-scale energy storage, advanced transmission network controls and monitoring, integration of distributed and variable energy resources, and enhanced grid cyber protection, the lab said.
"I'd like to congratulate National Grid and PNNL on today's announcement," said Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in prepared remarks. "Innovation partnerships with the private sector are critical to the groundbreaking work our National Labs undertake.
"DOE is committed to the modernization, reliability and resiliency of our grid and expanding energy storage research and this partnership is a great example of that commitment."
Perry announced yesterday his authorization of a program to commercialize technologies created with strategic partnerships at the national labs (story this issue).
"This collaboration is a natural outcome of our organizations' mutual goal to optimize the benefits and value the transmission network can deliver to our customers, communities, and country," said Rudy Wynter, president and COO of National Grid's FERC-regulated Businesses, in prepared remarks. "We are delighted to work with the experts at PNNL to make this vision a reality."
"A reliable and resilient electric grid is critical to our national and economic security," said PNNL Director Steven Ashby in prepared remarks. "This agreement with National Grid will explore how to best integrate new technologies like energy storage onto the grid to improve grid reliability and resiliency in the face of severe weather events, cyber threats, a changing mix and types of electric generation, and the aging of the electricity infrastructure."
The agreement envisions several options for cooperative efforts such as research opportunities; joint workshops, lectures, and symposia; and other forums to promote enhancements in technology, education, and industrial development related to grid modernization and energy storage, the lab said.
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