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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- February 14, 2020

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Happy Valentine’s to all the community members out there. If there’s one thing I love as the Community Manager, it’s how engaged and passionate our community members are about the utility sector. And that especially applies for the Grid Professionals Group, where we discuss the path of electricity through the grid with the deliberate intention and speed of Cupid’s Arrow! No…that metaphor is too much of a stretch, but hey I’ve got to try to make these digests holiday themed when it comes up!

In any event, the community has been quite active and there are lots of important grid-related stories to share. If you haven’t been keeping up with this fast-paced community, chances are you’ve missed some really great content. But not wanting to see you miss out, you can keep reading for a cliff notes version that captures exactly what you need to know!

 Welcome back to “Here’s Looking at You, Grid”!

Matt Chester

Community Manager


Understanding the long-term impacts of electric vehicle charging

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Anyone in the utility industry knows that planning for the next 5, 10, 15 years on the grid would be foolish not to take a hard look at the impact that EV sales will have on the sector. Jon Summerville, Project Manager at Burns & McDonnell, shares a white paper that dives into these impacts and looks ahead to how utilities will forecast its plug load changing and what that tomorrow means in terms of planning today.

Electrifying vehicles – how the grid will cope

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That wasn’t it, though, for some deep dives into EVs and the grid (I’m telling you, this is a topic of unparalleled importance to grid planners) as Adam Pigott of World Kinect Services also submitted a thoughtful essay on not only the challenges of EVs but the opportunities. The proliferation of energy storage opportunities and grid balancing makes the future of the grid more dynamic and exciting than ever before.


Taking Back Power Begins in Rural America

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While lots of focus in terms of energy developments certainly have their focus on highly populated regions, in this article Matthew Willis of Concentric Power describes how and why rural American is the key area to watch during the coming years of revolution on the grid. Technologies like solar and microgrids will be increasingly important to rural America, and the impacts to the grid here will start with these too often overlooked areas.


Grid Talks – Utility Goes Smart Grid

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Lastly, Marty Rosenberg returns with another insightful podcast relevant to grid professionals. If EVs are one of the hottest grid topics these days, the proliferation of the smart grid is right in line with it in terms of intrigue, potential, and excitement. As you take your commute home for the weekend this afternoon, consider throwing on this compelling episode of Grid Talk.


This wraps up another edition of ‘Here’s Looking at You, Grid.’ Check back in this spot in two weeks to see what submissions have captured the attention of our community. And if you think there are stories I’m missing—let me know in the comments, or better yet submit an article on those stories so it can be included in the next issue.


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