PSE has filed a $20 million application for federal stimulus funds to deploy advanced technologies focused on increased electric service reliability and the development of new energy efficiency tools in a few test areas. The pilot project’s goal is to reduce the frequency and length of power outages, and study new methods of monitoring energy use.
The grant, if approved, would be matched with a $22.5 million investment by PSE and allow the utility to move up its timeline for implementing pilot projects slated for Bainbridge Island, Mercer Island, Point Roberts and Whidbey Island.
With their unique geography, these communities provide a natural laboratory for accurately measuring the benefits of the proposed new technologies.
If funded, the pilots will test new technologies such as equipment that responds automatically to storms and other events — including providing PSE crews with more detailed and timely information about system damage. In addition, the project would include installation of two-way “smart meters” that provide greater consumer access to information about their energy use.
The U.S. Department of Energy is awarding $4.5 billion in smart grid grants nationwide as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
A decision on PSE’s grant request is expected by the end of the year.
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