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Here’s Looking at You, Grid: Bi-Weekly Digest of the Top Content Submitted to the Grid Professionals Group in Energy Central- December 20, 2019

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Pardon the grid puns, but I seriously couldn’t resist and I want this new feature to be a fun and light look at the recent content submitted to the Grid Professionals Group! This article represents the first issue of “Here’s Looking at You, Grid,” which will be published every other week and will be a quick compendium of the top, most engaging, and community-supported content submitted to Energy Central community about the power grid.

Whether you don’t have time to read through every article on Energy Central or you want a resource to help catch you up after you finally do find the time, this digest will be for you. As Community Manager of Energy Central, I’m going to keep a look out for the content that created the most dialogues and captured the most eyeballs in the Grid Professionals Group and put it in one place so you can read through the top stories, even if you only have five minutes to spare.

So without further ado, let’s see what stories have been the most attention-grabbing in the Grid Professionals Group in recent weeks. Here’s looking at you, grid….

 

Matt Chester

Community Manager

 

Microgrids and Airports

Link to original article: https://www.energycentral.com/c/gr/microgrids-and-airports
Microgrids are a technological tool that is playing a key role in transforming the grid system that’s been functioning for many years, and the really neat part is how new and innovative use cases are being constantly found. One such example was highlighted in a recent post by Henry Craver who outlined how a number of airports are becoming the next example of where microgrids may be particularly useful.

Virtual energy storage plants

Link to original article: https://www.energycentral.com/c/gr/virtual-energy-storage-plants
Another trend that’s been around in the grid conversation for a while but has really started to take hold recently is energy storage. Specifically in this story, James Ray discusses how energy storage in distributed fashion across the grid can be utilized as a virtual energy storage plant. This type of innovative and outside the box thinking is what will be able to create a nimble and flexible grid that’s going to be needed during the energy transition.

 

We calculated emissions due to electricity loss on the power grid—globally, it’s a lot

Link to original article: https://www.energycentral.com/c/gr/we-calculated-emissions-due-electricity-loss-power-grid-%E2%80%93-globally-its-lot

What good is a kilowatthour generated if it doesn’t make its way to an end use customer? That’s the question that plagues electricity loss across the grid and in particular discussions of power theft and inefficient transmission of electrons. As pointed out in the comments, 5% losses vs. 2% losses on the grid may not sound like a ton, but it adds up to make a huge difference: in power loss, in energy costs, in associated emissions, and more. Addressing this power loss is one of the lower hanging fruits of the utility sector.

 

That’s it for this first edition of ‘Here’s Looking at You, Grid.’ See you in this spot in two weeks to go over the great content that will be coming between now and then!

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