Washington State University (WSU) will host an energy summit on April 2 that focuses on storage technologies as it pertains to incorporating renewable energy into the electric power grid. WSU will use the occasion to dedicate Avista’s Energy Storage Project, which will be tested in a real-world setting at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Senator Maria Cantwell, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, as well as Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Program Manager, and Pat Hoffman, Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, will be among those speaking at the daylong summit, which will be held in the Lewis Alumni Centre.
WSU president Elson S. Floyd notes, “We’re pleased to be able to foster these important discussions around the critical challenge of energy storage. WSU has long worked on research for building a more resilient, robust, and smarter electric power grid, and being able to store solar or wind energy remains one of the key pieces to building a sustainable, carbon-free power grid of the future and a stronger economy for the state.”
WSU offers and a highly regarded program in electric power grid research, designed to develop and incorporate new technologies that improve the efficiency and reliability of electric power systems. The university also participated in a Department of Energy-funded smart grid demonstration project that made Pullman, Washington, one of the a few smart grid cities in the United States.
Energy Systems Innovation Center director Chen-Ching Liu adds: “This is a critical time in the development and incorporation of smart grid and renewable technologies into the power grid, and it’s exciting to bring together the key players in the state and country for this summit. The large-scale deployment of these new technologies provides a tremendous opportunity to improve energy efficiency, sustainability, and reliability of the power grid.”