The first volume of the technology performance report for the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration, a $179 million project that was co-funded by DOE, is now available for downloading. One of 16 regional smart grid demonstrations funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration project was the only demonstration project that included multiple states and cooperation from multiple electric utilities, including rural electric co-ops, investor-owned, municipal, and other public utilities.
The Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration project developed and deployed an innovative transactive system that coordinated many of the project's distributed energy resources and demand-responsive components in a regional response across 11 utilities. This region-wide connection from the transmission system down to individual premises' equipment was one of the major successes of the project. The project showed that this can be done and assets at the end points can respond dynamically on a wide scale. In principle, a transactive system of this type might eventually help coordinate electricity supply, transmission, distribution, and end uses by distributing mostly automated control responsibilities among the many distributed smart grid domain members and their smart devices.
More information is available in the report which can be downloaded here.