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Entries from May 23rd, 2016

Avista’s Energy Storage Project Celebrates One Year Online

May 23rd, 2016 · 3 Comments · Energy

By Curt Kirkeby, Avista Fellow Engineer It’s been one year since Avista flipped the switch on our Energy Storage Project in Pullman, Wash., to officially connect the one-megawatt battery to the electrical grid. The historic event was attended by Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Senator Maria Cantwell, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, officials from the Department of Energy and other […]

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A Game Changer: Snohomish PUD’s Unique Approach to Energy Storage

May 16th, 2016 · No Comments · Energy

By Jason Zyskowski and Neil Neuroutsos Snohomish PUD At Snohomish PUD we’ve deployed the first two batteries as part of an innovative energy storage program at multiple sites in our service area. Our approach to storage aims to transform the marketplace and how utilities manage grid operations. The energy storage systems are built on the Modular […]

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Seattle Public Utilities’ Asset Management Decision Making

May 13th, 2016 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--, Water

The CSI-convened Future of Washington Infrastructure group had the chance to learn about Seattle Public Utilities’ (SPU) asset management decision making process for capital projects. Jenny Bagby, SPU’s Director of Corporate Services, gave several interesting examples of how this major utility concludes when and how it should spend money to solve existing problems. The Phinney […]

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Washington Passes New Clean Fuel Vehicle Sales Tax Exemption

May 4th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Energy, Transportation

Thanks to JJ McCoy, Legislative Director of Seattle Electric Vehicle Association (SEVA) for permission to post their FAQ. On April 19, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law HB 2778– the electric vehicle (EV) sales tax exemption. “This bill will help get more Washington residents behind the wheel of a great EV” says JJ McCoy of SEVA*. […]

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Household Use of Biogas Systems in the Developing World

May 2nd, 2016 · 1 Comment · Energy, Waste

By Shangrila Joshi Wynn Faculty, Master of Environmental Studies A few years ago I started a research project examining on-the-ground implementation of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), a market-based climate mitigation initiative focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions while simultaneously contributing to local sustainable development in developing countries. Research on CDM in Nepal led me to […]

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