Smart Grid

As renewable solar and wind generation grow on the electricity grid, we require a whole new degree of automated grid flexibility. A flexible grid must be “smart” with the ability to rapidly adapt to the fluctuations in generation while still meeting user demands—ideally without firing up dirty fossil generators.
Our students, faculty, and partners study how information technology and advanced analytics can optimally be used to plan, forecast and control grid assets. For example, CEI researchers and partners at Washington State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are implementing innovative software and hardware across Washington state to understand the best use of transactive communications as the backbone for a reliable and affordable smart grid.


Recent News

“Providing clean energy to the inhabitants of our planet is a major challenge to future generations. The University of Washington is to be congratulated for establishing an Institute where faculty and students can work together to tackle the difficult global challenge of energy sustainability.”
– Mildred Dresselhaus, Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emerita and Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Energy competition is opening up in a variety of ways, the push for carbon control will continue, and the rate of technology advancement is exponential. All the things I’ve seen at the CEI are just perfect for the way we see things going in energy. You guys are at the cutting edge. We’re counting on you.”
– Ronald Litzinger, President, Edison Energy