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.