Washington State University

PNW Smart Grid Demonstration Project

WSU Steam PLant

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project at Washington State University (WSU).

The $178 million Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project (PNW SGDP) was initiated by an $89 million matching grant from the U.S. Department of Energy awarded to Battelle/PNNL and their SGDP team. Their team includes a number of Utilities in the northwest, one of which is Avista Utilities, the provider of electrical and natural gas services to the WSU Pullman campus. Additional information on the SGDP is available on websites at Battelle and Avista Utilities. The SGDP grant was awarded in November 2009, WSU/Avista contracts signed in August 2011, and grant activities will be completed in December 2014.

The Avista Utilities portion of the SGDP totals $38 million and is focused on evolving the City of Pullman to a “Smart City”. In 2009, while preparing their SGDP proposal, Avista invited WSU Facilities Services to participate with Avista in the Grant proposal. WSU accepted, seeing the potential for a number of long-term benefits. Avista also reached out to the WSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science to seek their involvement in other facets of the SGDP.

The WSU Facilities Services portion of the SGDP totals $4.2 million, funded from a variety of sources and supported by a number of team members. The basic SGDP goals and associated projects on the WSU Pullman campus are shown below:

Smart Metering and System Visibility Electric Grid Stability Power Quality and Reliability


Facilities Services, 100 Dairy Road, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-1150, 509-335-9000