Lead Performer: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – Richland, WA
-- University of Washington – Seattle, WA
-- Washington State University – Pullman, WA
DOE Total Funding:  $4,800,000
Cost Share: $4,800,000
Project Term: August 2015 – 2018
Funding Opportunity: DOE Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium (GMLC) Lab Call

Project Objective

As a part of the Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization Initiative, the Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium projects represent a comprehensive portfolio of critical research and development in advanced storage systems, clean energy integration, standards and test procedures, and a number of other key grid modernization areas.

In direct partnership with the Energy Department’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, state offices, utilities, and universities, this project evaluates campuswide transactive control (TC) technologies as viable solutions for coordinating responsive building loads and distributed energy resources, benefiting energy efficiency and power grid reliability objectives. TC technologies must be validated across wide areas and approaches must be developed that enable the technologies to be readily applied to whole buildings, whole sets of buildings (or districts), or entire communities (or campuses). This project aims to establish complex control science over wide areas—including responsive building load and TC infrastructure in Washington state—and then use this infrastructure to replicate, evaluate, and scale up TC technologies for application in buildings, campuses, and communities across the nation by working with communities in Ohio.

Project Impact

This project will provide tools and infrastructure that enable the building sector to replicate the project’s technology implementations and methods, leading to improved energy efficiency, increased integration of distributed energy resources, and enhanced power grid reliability. Two specific outcomes:

  • Enabling buildings, fleets of equipment, and other building assets to deliver services to the grid while maximizing energy efficiency (EE)
  • Enabling buildings to function as “virtual” storage devices to reduce the total capacity of grid storage needed to meet the needs of a utility


DOE Technology Manager: Joe Hagerman
Principle Investigator: Srinivas Katipamula, PNNL

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