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​Grid Modernization
Grid modernization is BPA’s sole key strategic initiative. This work is essential for the agency to remain the region’s wholesale power provider of choice amidst the changing electric utility landscape. The grid modernization portfolio includes 35 projects designed to increase automation, improve accuracy and enhance visibility into how the federal power and transmission systems are functioning in real time, to ultimately enhance the optimization and reliability of the grid. These projects will enable BPA to leverage new technologies to improve workplace efficiencies and keep pace with the evolving Western electricity market, allowing us and the region to seek new opportunities for marketing power and transmission products and services well into the future.
 
Grid modernization projects encompass technology, physical assets, operations and the needs of our staff and customers. These enhancements will identify surplus capacity available on the power and transmission systems for additional sales, manage grid congestion more efficiently and reliably, and provide valuable insights into how best to invest in the system to provide future value for our customers and the region.
​How does grid modernization help BPA meet its strategic goals?
In January 2018, BPA released its 2018-2023 Strategic Plan. One of the strategic goals identified in that plan is to modernize assets and system operations. That includes modernizing federal power and transmission system operations and supporting technology by implementing the grid modernization program. Grid modernization enhances systems by automating grid operations and marketing functions; improves accuracy of IT systems that support automation; and enhances visibility of real-time data on the federal power and transmission systems.
How are grid modernization projects integrated into everyday business at BPA?

Grid modernization projects are meant to bring new automation, accuracy or visibility to organizations in a timely and organized process. Many of these projects are providing invaluable improvements to existing tools and processes that will enable additional flexibility in the power and transmission systems or participation in new markets. Through a portfolio framework called Identify, Define, Integrate and Deliver (IDID), project teams are required to identify how the will integrate into existing processes or how they will be launched, and which organizations will be impacted if the project creates new processes or organizations. Before projects are deemed complete, impacted staff undertake change management activities to ensure the project has been successfully integrated into normal business operations.

How does the Western Energy Imbalance Market relate to grid modernization?

Grid modernization enables BPA’s participation in new market opportunities, like the Western Energy Imbalance Market operated by the California Independent System Operator. BPA is moving toward joining the EIM with an expected go-live date of March 2, 2022. Projects that will enable BPA’s participation in the EIM are underway, including EIM Bid and Base Scheduling, EIM Real-Time Operations, EIM Settlements Implementation, EIM Training Program and EIM Testing Program. Many other grid modernization projects also have elements that are critical to participation in the EIM.

Learn more about BPA's path to joining the EIM at www.bpa.gov/goto/EIM.

​Where can I learn more about projects?
​The grid modernization roadmap shows where projects are in the portfolio management process and the expected timeline of the project. Project summaries provide more information about each specific project, including a project description, benefits and what is changing. The Quarterly Business Review provides updates on the progress and financial health of the grid modernization initiative. And keep a look out for news articles about the projects and the teams that are making sure each and every project is a success.
How can I ask a question about grid modernization?
Contact gridmod@bpa.gov for more information.