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Energy Systems Innovation Center

About ESIC

Our Vision

Leading the transition to affordable, sustainable, and resilient electric power systems.

Our Mission

Research, education, and outreach to solve challenges for modern power systems.

International Scope/Local Focus

The ESI Center collaborates with governments and industries at local, state, regional, national, and international levels on research and development, education, workforce training, and economic development.  ESIC is also establishing strong linkages with leading educational institutions around the world to promote collaborative research and educational programs as well as faculty and student exchanges.

Why WSU?

Pullman, Washington, is one of only a handful of U.S. cities experimenting with smart metering and other related technologies.  Pullman has a competitive edge over most of these cities because of its size.  This smart city designation and the following key factors place WSU in a unique, advantageous position to successfully capitalize on much broader opportunities:

  • One of only two university power engineering programs in the western U.S. with a critical mass of faculty and significant research expenditures
  • Proximity to and established working relationships with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, and the Bonneville Power Administration
  • Close proximity to and a working partnership with Urbanova, an innovative smart city proving ground in the heart of Spokane, WA
  • Long-standing, supportive relationships with state and regional utilities, as well as technology and energy-related companies and associations
  • Alignment with the problem-solving mission of a land-grant institution; dissemination of practical applications for consumers through a statewide network of extension offices