• Cantwell Announces $88 Million for Landmark Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Project

    SEATTLE, WA – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) announced that Battelle Memorial Institute will receive a federal investment of $88,821,251 to develop smart grid technologies that will create jobs and lead to lower electricity bills for consumers.  The funding for the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project will be used to install a smart grid framework, including a digital telecommunications network, substation automation and a robust distribution system infrastructure.  This will enable the implementation of future smart grid technologies, including smart meters that will provide real-time energy use information to customers and help lower rates.  Smart grid technology includes hardware and software, which when linked together can communicate to optimize how electricity is generated, transmitted, distributed, and used. 
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