Energy Storage and the Smart Grid – Recap of April 21, 2010 with TiE Oregon and Business Oregon

Here are slides from Energy Storage and the Smart Grid, organized by TiE Oregon’s Clean Energy Special Interest Group:

Hopefully I’ll have some spare time for a brief summary write-up of the event.  This Clean Energy Special Interest Group event was well attended with high quality panelists and great audience participation asking top caliber questions to keep the panelists on their toes.

Additionally, here are two recent articles in the March/April 2010 edition of Electric Light and Power featuring grid-scale energy storage.  The first article, All Together Now — The Electric Utility, Consumers and Community Energy Storage, offers community energy storage (CES) as a possible component of the customer price-reliability solution. CES straddles the transmission and distribution domain as well as the customer-side domain of applications. It offers electricity customers reliable electric service at a reasonable price with as little environmental and aesthetic impact as possible.  A second article, Energy Storage Solving Power Quality Problems, offers a brief overview of energy storage and the benefits to the electrical system.

I’m intrigued with the promise of community energy storage and I included a backup slide (see page 34 of the presentation) on the locational value of energy storage.  American Electric Power is a proponent of Community Energy Storage.  AEP proposes the highest value for energy storage is close to the end-customer, thus community energy storage offers the biggest benefits.  I posed a question to the panelists about where the most valuable location for energy storage exists on the grid before offering this slide up for discussion – interestingly the panelists were in concurrence, placing more value for energy storage nearby the point of use.

Smart Grid Course being offered again at Portland State University

Once again Portland State University will be offering the ground-breaking course “Designing the Smart Grid for Sustainable Communities”  this Winter and Spring terms (2010) through the Executive Leadership Institute.  I was fortunate to have taken this two-term course series on the Smart Grid when it was first offered January – June of 2009 and I found it to be of immense value in learning about sustainability issues and the smart grid.  The Smart Grid has many different meanings and it is rapidly evolving; I found the course an excellent learning experience for future ventures.


This two-term course series examines a set of emerging concepts, technologies, and models of system planning and delivery for electricity that are expected to transform the nation’s century-old, centralized power grid into a climate and alternative-energy-friendly “Smart Grid.” The course series stresses a cross-disciplinary approach, deepening individual areas of expertise in the context of teamwork. Each quarter will build on progress from the previous quarter. It will include lectures, active learning strategies, individual and group projects, class presentations from guest speakers and seminar participants, field trips, and a closing conference. For detailed course information, please visit

Class Dates and Location:

Winter Term (January 12 – March 16, 2010) – Tuesdays, 7:00 pm – 9:40 pm

Spring Term (March 30 – May 8, 2010) – Tuesdays, 7:00 pm – 9:40 pm

This class is available for graduate credit or as non-credit professional development. In either case, you should register for both terms as the second term builds upon the material discussed in the first term.

For more information, visit, or register online.