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​City of Port Angeles
The City of Port Angeles (COPA), located on the Northern Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, is an ideal location for C&I DR technologies because the peninsula is presently served by a capacity-constrained, single-feed radial transmission system. The area has experienced significant population growth and it is projected that power-transmission capacity in the region may be inadequate to supply demand during extremely cold winter conditions. The development of wide-scale C&I DR options has the potential to benefit the City and the region in avoiding costly transmission upgrades and lowering wholesale power supply costs. ​
​Transmission issues may be further exacerbated by the Elwha Ecosystem Restoration Project, which is the second-largest ecosystem restoration project in the history of the National Park Service after the Everglades. This federal project will consist of removing two dams, the Glines and Elwha, and their reservoirs from the Elwha River, which is expected to begin in 2011. Together, these two dams generate over 28 megawatts of electricity and are the only significant sources for power generation on the Northern Olympic Peninsula. Their removal may create further challenges as power balancing between distant generation sources and local demand for the City and the BPA.

In addition to the regional goals noted above, the City has two primary project goals. In anticipation of the change to the TRM, the first project goal is to demonstrate the ability to mitigate the City's critical peak demand period.
Goals and objectives:
  • Delay or eliminate regional transmission system upgrades
  • Reduce the City's peak demand above its assigned CDQ
  • Reduce wholesale power supply costs to the City's electric utility customers
The second project goal is to work with BPA to reduce demand on BPA's transmission system. This proposal includes implementing the Open Automated Demand Response Communication Standards (OpenADR) communications protocol between BPA and the City so that BPA is able to take advantage of the identified automated and dispatchable DR resources.
​Eugene Water & Electric Board
The Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) proposal goal is to demonstrate how Pumping Stations, coupled with Storage, can be used for decreasing and increasing load. This program aims to show how a utility can leverage its SCADA system to dispatch demand response resources, and to document what types of loads, including what characteristics are required for load-following resources.

Goals and objectives:
  • Demonstrate load decreasing and increasing capability using Pump Stations and Storage
  • Demonstrate ramp rates for demand response strategies focused on seasonal intermittent renewable events
  • Integrate EWEB's SCADA system with an OpenADR platform for FAST DR potential that will be used for ancillary services to balance scheduled and unscheduled intermittent renewable wind ramp and solar-specific events
  • Demonstrate load creation capability during periods when there is a surplus of capacity on the grid

EWEB has determined the most desired project outcomes include:

  • Enabling the SCADA to dispatch DR events
  • Integrate the SCADA with the OpenADR platform
  • Provide a reliable resource to BPA that can be used for load-following
  • Provide lessons learned and load profiles that can be used to identify other C&I loads that can act to provide load-following
The proposed pilot program can be scaled to other Pumping Stations and Water Authorities in BPA's region, and prove how storage can be used by these C&I customers to provide value to the grid both locally and to BPA. More importantly the pilot will demonstrate whether loads can be used for addressing the intermittency of wind and these impacts on the grid, and how loads can be used to release the grid of overcapacity.
​Seattle City Light
Seattle City Light (SCL), this year-long demand response pilot, which concluded with a report in March 2010, tested automated demand response with pre-programmed control strategies in a local energy management control system. It involved dimming or turning off non-critical lights, changing zone temperature set points and turning off non-critical equipment. One of the project goals was to achieve savings in a way that did not significantly impact building tenants. In 2011, the Peak Load Management Alliance selected BPA and Seattle City Light to receive an award for Innovative Application of Technology.
​Final Report
​For more information, check out the final report:
Northwest Open Automated Demand Response Technology Demonstration Project