U.S. BPA invites energy research proposals to improve Northwest system

The Bonneville Power Administration’s Technology Innovation Office invites proposals for energy research to develop technologies to improve operation of the hydropower-based electric system in the Pacific Northwest. Proposals are due March 29.

Since 2005, the Technology Innovation Office has funded a pipeline of projects to create a more efficient Northwest power system, with a recent focus on technologies in the areas of hydroelectric power operations, energy efficiency, physical security and transmission services.

BPA’s research portfolio is updated annually. For fiscal year 2014 its focus is investing in projects that advance transmission power flow controls, synchrophasor data intelligence, climate change streamflow models, energy efficiency, and demand response.

BPA expects to fund about $3.5 million of new research in the coming year at between $50,000 and $500,000 per project, on a cost reimbursement basis.

The agency uses a two-phase process to select potential research and development opportunities. Phase 1 involves interested companies submitting concept papers and information about their qualifications. Those meeting the qualifying criteria will be invited to further develop their proposals for Phase 2.

BPA’s solicitation announcement may be obtained from its Internet site at http://www.bpa.gov/news/newsroom/Pages/Wanted-innovators-researchers-and-partners-to-advance-Northwest-energy-solutions.aspx. Information on its Technology Innovation program is available at http://www.bpa.gov/Doing%20Business/TechnologyInnovation/Pages/default.aspx. Application documents may be obtained at https://bpa-exchange.energy.gov/#.

Concept papers are due by 7 p.m., Eastern time, March 29. BPA will announce projects selected for fiscal year 2014 in July 2013.

For information, contact Sheila Bennett, (1) 503-230-3152, E-mail: sabennett@bpa.gov; or Matthew DeLong, (1) 503-230-7549, E-mail: mldelong@bpa.gov.

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