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BPA seeks proposals to improve operation of Northwest electric power system

From the March 11, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published March 11, 2014

The Bonneville Power Administration is looking for partners to develop, advance and demonstrate technologies that can improve the operation of the Northwest electric power system through breakthroughs, increased efficiencies and avoided costs. BPA’s Technology Innovation Office is accepting proposals for its 2015 research and development portfolio until March 27.

"We’re looking for new concepts and technologies that can address operational gaps and challenges," said Terry Oliver, BPA’s chief technology officer.

BPA issued its fiscal year 2015 Technology Innovation Funding Opportunity Announcement (BPA-0002882). Applications will be accepted only through the BPA Exchange website.

BPA uses a two-phase process to select potential research and development opportunities, and requires a 50 percent cost share with its partners. For this solicitation, the agency is seeking applications that address needs identified in the Transmission Technology Roadmap (and addendum), National Energy Efficiency Technology Roadmap Portfolio, or Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Roadmap.

Phase one concept papers are due by 4 p.m. on March 27. Those who qualify will be invited to further develop their proposals for phase two and submit them by May 1, BPA said.

"Our Technology Innovation Office has established a project management approach that ensures we’re investing in research with the most potential benefit to BPA, our customers and the people of the Northwest," said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer.

BPA’s current research portfolio includes 38 projects in topic areas such as climate change, data mining, demand response, dynamic transfers, energy efficiency technologies, energy storage, hydrosystem modeling, and voltage stability and damping controls.

For questions about the submission process, contact Matt DeLong, financial assistance officer, at or 503/230-7549.



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