Current Research Projects:

Focus Research Areas

  • Information collection, delivery, and analysis
  • Integration of renewable energy resources
  • Decision support, public policy, human behaviors, and economics
  • Efficiency on the demand side (buildings)
  • Efficient use of right-of-way and associated economic issues
  • Cyber security of the smart grid

Ongoing Research/Development/Educational Activities

ESI Center research activities focus on critical areas in energy systems, including:

  • Enabling transmission and distribution technologies for smart power grids
  • Information and communications technology for energy system applications
  • Wide area protection and control of power grids
  • Wide area real-time secure communications
  • Integration of renewable energy systems
  • Self-healing and resilient energy systems
  • Computational and intelligent systems for energy applications
  • Economic methods and technologies for demand side participation
  • Smart distribution systems
  • Smart devices and systems for energy applications
  • Cyber and physical security of smart energy systems
  • Smart homes and buildings
  • Topology and control algorithms for power electronic converters
  • Control and management of storage devices
  • Power electronics for grid integration of storage and renewable energy systems
  • Other critical areas for innovations in energy systems

If your company or organization would like more information about sponsoring a research project involving any of the ESIC faculty or graduate students, please contact Jody Opheim at or call 509-335-6456.

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