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Pumping electricity into grid pays 15 cents a kilowatt-hour
July 11, 2006

Solar pioneers who have been feeding electricity into the Northwest power grid have until July 31 to apply for retroactive incentives under the state’s newest alternative-energy law. The law provides a payment of 15 cents for every kilowatt-hour of electricity that backyard producers have sent into the grid.

“This finally makes solar a viable investment for the little guy, which is how I’ve always looked at it — as a capital investment,” said Mike Nelson, director of the solar program for Washington State University Extension.

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NSF grant to support research of grid security
August 18, 2005

PULLMAN — A team of researchers from Washington State University’s College of Engineering and Architecture has been selected to play a major role in a National Science Foundation-sponsored research initiative intended to address the challenge of protecting the cybersecurity of the nation’s power grid.

In an Aug. 15 announcement, WSU was named as one of four universities that will participate in a new five-year collaborative research effort supported initially by an NSF grant of $7.5 million. Other collaborators are Cornell University, Dartmouth College and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). UIUC will serve as the home of a national center to be called Trustworthy … » More …

Preventing power grid blackouts aim of team
June 18, 2004

It used to be that those who warned about massive power blackouts were accused of being so many Chicken Littles.

Not anymore.

Last August’s massive failure on the East Coast raised awareness about how very vulnerable the electric power grid is to massive accidental failures and to cyber-attacks. A group of researchers in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, including professors Dave Bakken, Carl Hauser and Anjan Bose, are working to improve the communication infrastructure of the power grid. They are developing what they hope will be an “electricity-communications superhighway’’ that will prevent communication failures that contribute to blackouts.

Their new software system, … » More …