ABB_id2059
in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

Portland, Ore.-based nonprofit ColumbiaGrid, which supports efforts to improve and expand transmission in the Northwest, has signed an agreement with eight utilities to develop tools that will ease transactions between transmission buyers and sellers. The open-access same-time information system (OASIS) functional agreement enables ColumbiaGrid to develop a common method for determining available transmission capacity of the agreement's participants and procedures for a "common queue" method for interconnection requests.

OASIS participants include Avista Corp., Bonneville Power Administration, Chelan County PUD, Grant County PUD, Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light, Tacoma Power and Snohomish County PUD.

In related news, ColumbiaGrid has released the draft document of its 2008 System Assessment Report.

The report lists higher levels of wind generation as one of the main issues ColumbiaGrid plans to address in the near term. The assessment notes that ColumbiaGrid will perform studies on different levels of wind generation "to cover the low-probability event of significant wind output during peak conditions."

ColumbiaGrid will accept comments on the draft through April 25 and post the final report on May 2.


Advertisement

Trachte_id2056
Latest Top Stories

More Investors Entering Tax Equity Market; Returns Holding Steady

The entry of new tax equity investors to the wind space last year re-ignited an old debate.


Report: Top 10 Turbine OEMs Had Record Year In 2014

Preliminary findings suggest Vestas reigned supreme again among the world's leading wind turbine makers. How did some of the other OEMs fare?


AWEA's Gramlich To FERC: Additional Transmission Needed Regardless Of Clean Power Plan

To further build a more balanced and reliable electricity portfolio, the U.S. needs to build more transmission capacity.


Getting A Grip On Grinding Gearboxes: Why Such Events Need Not Be Showstoppers

Despite advances in gearbox reliability - namely, from condition monitoring systems and greater design standardization - challenges remain.


How Wind Energy Can Meet EPA Clean Power Plan Requirements

According to the American Wind Energy Association, wind power is a cost-effective solution for complying with the environmental effort.

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015