As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Dr. Kevin Schneider from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will discuss Electricity Infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.
In the 130 years since electricity came to Washington State, the region’s electricity infrastructure has continually grown and evolved to meet the demands of customers. While early changes focused on the best voltage to use and which companies should supply which regions, recent issues have focused on what is the best mix of generation assets and how to best incorporate emerging smart grid technologies.
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