[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.
[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.
[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.
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.