Bonneville set to give researchers $3M-plus

BPA officials say they want to develop more efficient ways to develop and deliver energy.
Courtesy Bonneville Power Administration

BPA officials say they want to develop more efficient ways to develop and deliver energy.

Attention energy researchers: The Bonneville Power Administration wants your ideas.

The BPA is seeking “research partners” who’ll offer thoughts on ways to enhance the electric industry. BPA hopes to develop technologies that expand and balance “variable energy resources.”

Put another way, the company wants to improve the way electricity is delivered and used in the Northwest.

BPA is making $3.5 million available for new projects. It’ll announce the winning researchers’ names in July.

It’s a part of the group’s annual drive to update its research portfolio. In the past, BPA has funded ideas that developed a demand response market for Northwest commercial and industrial power users, reservoir modeling for hydropower production and a study on how an earthquake might affect substation gear.

Its research partners have included the city of Port Angeles, Wash., Oregon State University, Portland State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories.

The deadline for submissions is March 29.

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