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Technology Innovation
One key to BPA’s success is making a firm connection with the business and technology challenges facing the utility industry. Technology roadmaps capture the logic and business framework for research and development. The roadmaps describe the specific BPA-related factors driving technology needs and identify the areas offering the greatest potential. A group of BPA and utility executives and experts known as the Technology Confirmation and Innovation (TCI) Council guide the development of BPA’s research portfolio.
BPA's Technology Innovation initiative has an annual cycle of portfolio funding based on strategic needs identified in the agency’s technology roadmaps and yearly focus areas. In February, all projects in the portfolio are reviewed by the TCI Council, and then in March a funding opportunity announcement is posted for new projects. The announcement is open from March to May. After technical reviews of the proposals, the TCI Council selects the projects for inclusion in the following fiscal year’s portfolio in late June. The projects, which span across various technologies, time horizons, risk/reward profiles, cost concerns and other needs, are expected to produce direct financial benefits to BPA, and through BPA, deliver value to the Northwest electric power system.
​BPA's R&D Portfolio
BPA selected research projects for fiscal year 2015 beginning Oct. 1, 2014. Technology Innovation's portfolio management program and list of projects are included below.
Technology Roadmaps
BPA’s research agenda is guided by a process that identifies the agency’s immediate and future capability gaps and pinpoints technologies with the potential to resolve those business challenges. This process includes the development of technology roadmaps, which provide BPA a framework to help plan, coordinate and forecast technology developments so the agency can focus its R&D investments in areas that deliver the most value to the agency and its stakeholders.
FY 2015 Opportunity Announcement (closed)
BPA’s fiscal year 2015 Technology Innovation Funding Opportunity Announcement closed in March, but the announcement may be viewed for reference through the BPA Exchange website. Parties interested in the next funding opportunity should note that proposals ought to address any R&D program (required or existing) identified in BPA’s technology roadmaps and addendums. Proposals also require a 50 percent cost share which can include corporations, nonprofits, technology developers, utilities, universities and national labs. And a separate announcement is available for BPA staff to submit applications.
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