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DOE & WA Sign MOU on Grid Modernization at CEI

Director of WA State Department of Commerce Brian Bonlender, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability at DOE Patricia Hoffman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Advanced Grid Research and Development Division at DOE Michael Pesin sign MOU to support Clean Energy Fund and grid modernization. Credit: WA State Department of Commerce

On October 18, 2016, CEI hosted a DOE and regional delegation for the signing of an MOU on grid modernization.  Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) at the DOE Patricia Hoffman came to Seattle to recognize our state’s regional leadership in this area of work.  CEI Director Dan Schwartz and Electrical Engineering Professor Daniel Kirschen participated in the conversation about our transactive campus project with WSU and PNNL, and grid cybersecurity.

The Washington Research Foundation has provided a six-year gift of $6.74 million to support nine new faculty hires, six postdoctoral researchers and the creation of a new experimental manufacturing facility on campus that will help move discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace. This investment in the CEI is truly transformational.”
– Daniel Schwartz, CEI Director
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– Mildred Dresselhaus, Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emerita and Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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– Ronald Litzinger, President, Edison Energy
Since its founding the Clean Energy Institute has contributed more than $1.1 million toward the education of 66 STEM scholars and recruitment of 12 students through our fellowship programs.