Decentralizing for Security, Resiliency and Sustainability
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- Feb 9, 2021 4:32 am GMTFeb 2, 2021 2:53 am GMT
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As the page turns to a new calendar year and a new presidential administration, there’s optimism that renewed efforts will be made to tackle our energy infrastructure challenges. After all, our nation’s energy infrastructure is at an inflection point caused, in part, by the electrification and digitalization of everything --- which is a great trend towards a zero carbon grid. While our 20th century grid has served its purpose well, it needs an upgrade if it is to support increased adoption of technologies like electric vehicles while also moving away from a reliance on fossil fuels. Add in that economic opportunities in more rural areas at the edge of the grid are likely to cause a shift in population concentration and it’s clear that the grid of tomorrow and beyond looks a lot different from what exists today.