Avista’s Shared Energy Economy Model Pilot

testing integration of energy assets to benefit utility and customer

Urbanova is defining how to develop and design a living laboratory as well as harnessing data to gain insights, empower people and solve urban challenges in new ways. Avista’s Shared Energy Economy Model Pilot will test the integration of energy assets – from rooftop solar and battery storage to building energy management systems – that can be shared and used for multiple purposes. Our goal is to demonstrate how both the customer and the utility can benefit from this shared energy economy model and demonstrate that the electric grid can become more reliable, efficient, resilient and flexible.

Avista, an Urbanova founding partner and Shared Energy Economy Model Pilot lead, was awarded a $3.5 million matching grant from the Washington Department of Commerce Clean Energy Fund to pilot a shared energy economy. The pilot will take place in Spokane’s University District. Other current partners in the model pilot include Washington State University, McKinstry, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Spirae, Itron and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). As an organization dedicated to finding ways to make communities better for people, Urbanova helps Avista and its partners amplify the results of the Shared Energy Economy Model Pilot, tell the story and curate data and insights that will lead to future sharing of economy solutions.

Partner: Avista Utilities

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