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Helping a municipality create a smart energy network.
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Creating first-of-its-kind energy storage for a working smart grid.
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Ensuring power plant safety goes beyond industry standards.
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Bringing a reliable next-generation substation to life.

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Portland General Electric

Portland General Electric

A working smart grid that’s a model in energy intelligence.


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Eaton collaboration helped form the hub of one of the most advanced electrical systems in the nation.

Satisfying the world’s ever-growing need for power requires going beyond the way we manage energy today. Our grid has to be smarter and more reliable. It needs to respond to business, residential and community needs. And help control energy costs, reduce energy requirements and effectively support sustainable and renewable resources.

So when the U.S. Department of Energy selected Portland General Electric to participate in its $178 million Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, PGE turned to a partner with world-class smart grid expertise.

A smart grid project that realizes the possibilities of tomorrow.


Eaton utility industry solutions: From generation to transmission, distribution and point of use, Eaton helps you power the world.

PGE’s new 5-megawatt facility in Salem, Oregon is a test bed for advanced energy intelligence. It’s the proving ground for new energy storage technologies to propel a smarter grid. And a testing site for experimenting with products, software and analytics to better manage consumption and improve grid performance.

Developing an intelligent energy storage system for the new Salem Smart Power Center called for a power management solution unlike anything in existence. Eaton was ready. Armed with extensive utility expertise and a proven history of bringing innovative problem-solving to help customers overcome tough engineering challenges—often the kind that never been tackled before, and all mission-critical.

Energy storage solutions that maximize renewable resources.

Energy storage solutions

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Working hand-in-hand with PGE, we pioneered a solution that leverages first-of-its-kind lithium-ion battery storage technology. Eaton engineers devised a modification to enable bi-directional energy current operation. With customized Eaton Power Xpert inverters, the system can convert direct to alternating current and vice versa. Maximizing harvested renewable energy resources efficiently and cost effectively.

Eaton’s sophisticated control interface enables the storage system to perform in multiple modes. It intelligently coordinates the operation of the inverters and balances demand among the battery blocks. The facility can respond to both real-time and reactive power commands to achieve seamless power support. And deliver the kind of reliability PGE demands.

Tomorrow’s world demands a new kind of energy solution. And the PGE Power Center proves we can get there when we put smart thinking—and smart products—to work.

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