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Friday, June 01, 2012

Smart Wire Grid, backed by a Portland investor, could help utilities get more capacity from their power lines.

Smart Wire Grid Inc., backed by an Arnerich Massena-run private equity fund, is poised to start a nationwide pilot program to test its device, which attaches to power lines to improve the communication and performance of the grid.

As an example of what Smart Wire devices can achieve, consider the distinctly Northwest issue of overgeneration — times when an oversupply of water causes too much hydropower to overwhelm Bonneville Power Administration's system. This spring, for the second year in a row, the situation prompted BPA to require wind energy operators feeding into its system to suspend operations. A device like the one Smart Wire Grid is developing could address the issue from a transmission perspective by increasing the capacity on power lines.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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