Terry Oliver, chief technology innovation officer at the Bonneville Power Administration, will discuss the utility’s roadmap to the smart grid in the plenary at Smart Metering West Coast 2008.
The BPA technology innovation team had recognized four essential focus areas: energy efficiency, physical security, renewable energy, and transmission. From the initial planning phase, three key trends were identified: intermittency, interaction, and immediacy and interpretation. For his presentation, Oliver will give a summary of the research and developments efforts under his wing, and will give further insight on the future of the grid.
Terry Oliver has worked globally to advance energy conservation and renewable energy and he joined BPA in 1981. In the Pacific Northwest, he managed one of the world's largest residential energy conservation programs, the PNW Residential Weatherization Program, led ground-breaking research on community-based energy conservation applications in the Hood River Conservation Project, and established two enduring icons of energy efficiency innovation, the Lighting Design Lab and the Energy Ideas Clearinghouse. In 1992 he moved to Bangkok, Thailand, to lead the Asia Regional Office of the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC). In 2000, he returned to BPA where he worked on BPA's EnergyWeb concept and its application to the PNW. As part of this effort he helped create BPA's Non-Wires Solutions initiative, participated in EPRI's Intelligrid grid architecture initiative, and led the GridWise Alliance Demonstrations Working Group.
In June 2005 Oliver was appointed to his current post – a newly created position with responsibility for re-energizing, focusing, and managing BPA's research and development activities.
BPA, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Energy. BPA serves the Pacific Northwest through operating an extensive electricity transmission system and marketing wholesale electrical power at cost from federal dams, one non-federal nuclear plant and other nonfederal hydroelectric and wind energy generation facilities. BPA aims to be a national leader in providing high reliability, low rates consistent with sound business principles, responsible environmental stewardship and accountability to the region.
Smart Metering West Coast takes place August 18–19 in Seattle, WA.
The combination of smart metering and the intelligent grid is transforming the energy landscape for utilities and their customers, with new ways of measuring and managing supply and use across the grid and into homes and businesses. These pioneering technologies will open the way for improved reliability and enhanced operational efficiency. Meet with interstate stakeholders, national industry experts and local utilities to debate the future of smart metering and the smart grid.