[img:pgebatteries_0.jpg| ]Portland, OR, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 4, 2013 - Portland General Electric has opened an 8,000-square-foot facility in Salem, OR to test and demonstrate smart grid technologies.
Outfitted with a large scale energy storage system, the Salem smart power center is designed to help PGE test how to store and better integrate variable renewable energy sources like solar and wind into the electrical grid, along with several other smart technologies as part of its Salem Smart Power Project. The resultant microgrid serves about 500 business and residential customers in southeast Salem. An onsite visitor center offers educational exhibits about the project and smart grid.
[img:joel_westfold_0.JPG|Joel Westvold, AMI director, Portland General Electric]For Portland General Electric the efforts to deploy AMI are only the beginning and it sets the foundation for a broad array of customer services and cost reduction opportunities that will continue to be developed and deployed long after the system is deployed, says the utility’s AMI director, Joel Westvold, in an interview with smart-energy.com.
Joel Westvold, AMI director with Portland General Electric (PGE), will present a paper reviewing the latest developments in the utility’s smart meter deployment. Apart from discussing certain aspects of the project, this session will illustrate the importance of building a sound strategy, and how this strategy will evolve through cooperation and learning from other projects.
PGE plans to deploy approximately 850,000 smart meters for residential and commercial customers between 2008 and 2010. The majority of the new meters are expected to be installed once initial system testing is completed in late 2008. AMI is also expected to support the future development of demand response and direct load control programs that will help improve energy efficiency and reduce the need for new power plants. Eventually, AMI will enable PGE to provide customers with access to their daily energy use information via the Internet and near real-time data available through a home area network link built into the meter. PGE believes demand response programs could help reduce peak demand and shift customer usage to off-peak periods of the day when power costs less.
[img:Logo_Sensus.thumbnail.jpg| ]Portland, OR, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 25, 2007 – Portland General Electric Company (PGE), a fully integrated electric utility, has entered into a definitive agreement with Sensus Metering Systems for the purchase of Sensus' FlexNet advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution. PGE's current plans call for deployment of the system to approximately 850,000 residential and commercial electric customers between 2008 and 2010, subject to approval by the Oregon Public Utility Commission and PGE’s board of directors.
Interview with George K Beard, Alliance Manager, Office of Research & Strategic Partnerships, Portland State University, U.S.A.
What are the main/current challenges in the EV industry? My academic and research interests focus on sustainable urban mobility in general and on electric vehicles in particular. A concomitant interest is on the time and effort required for a new technology to achieve widespread social and civic adoption. Regardless of the reliability of this new technology, the acceptance by drivers and their families is a much longer slog.
What’s your vision for the industry looking forward? The transition from combustion vehicles to electric vehicles will likely be measured in decades and not years. My vision is that a growing number of citizens in my city of Portland, Oregon will materially diminish their private ownership and use of personal cars in favor of transit, bicycling, walking, and car sharing and ride sharing.
[img:electrification.thumbnail.jpg| ]Portland, OR and Seattle, WA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 30, 2010 - Ford has entered into partnerships with Portland General Electric in Portland and the City of Seattle to develop consumer outreach and education programs on electric vehicles as well as share information on charging needs and requirements to ensure the electrical grid can support the necessary demand.