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Grid Modernization it is all about PUSHING BOUNDARIES - Energy Central Insights Special Issue Series

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This item is part of the Special Issue - 06/2020 - Grid Modernization, click here for more

Letter from the Community Leader

In the midst of addressing uncertainty and adapting to unexpected challenges, the steady march towards grid modernization continues undeterred by innovative utilities and their forward-looking decision-makers. Grid modernization is a broad topic,  which the U.S. Department of Energy has defined as making the grid 'smarter' and more resilient through the use of cutting-edge technologies, equipment, and controls that communicate and work together to deliver electricity more reliably and efficiently. After Energy Central put out the call to the Community to submit their stories on grid modernization, it became clear how true this special issue's tagline was: no matter what, how, and where, grid modernization is succinctly summed up as the idea of pushing the boundaries of generation, transmission, and distribution. And in this rapidly evolving industry, those boundaries have become an ever-moving goalpost. 

As new technologies get introduced, additional policy and market mechanisms come into play, and utilities bring forth new innovative strategies, keeping up with the state of grid modernization can feel like a full-time job of its own. That fact is why Energy Central was so excited to bring together major players from across the utility sector and from the Energy Central Community for this Hot Topic Special Issue on Grid Modernization (which was so highly popular we've had to split it into a two-issue series!). The state of grid modernization looks different today than it did a year ago, and who knows what 2021 will bring. Still, the stories, studies, and articles we've assembled from the Community create the best possible snapshot of what grid modernization means today, what tools are being discussed, and where the industry is planning to go next. 

You can read all of the insights submitted by utility leaders and other industry experts that are a part of the Energy Central community at this link. And we encourage you to treat these articles as just the first word: leave a comment on articles that pique your interest, ask questions where you'd like to learn more, and let's create an engaging and inviting dialogue about where the future of grid modernization should be going!

We're excited for you to read insights shared by your fellow community members! 

Audra C Drazga

VP of the Power Industry Network

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