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Here’s Looking at You, Grid: Monthly Digest of the Top Content Submitted to the Grid Professionals Group in Energy Central- May 8, 2020

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Welcome back to another issue our ‘Here’s Looking at You, Grid,’ and thanks for checking out this latest monthly installment of the most critical and valuable submissions to the Grid Professionals Group of Energy Central. As always, the intent of this digest is to shine a little extra light on some of the best and most engaging content in this community that you may have otherwise missed during your busy days.

So much is going on with the grid—keeping it running, thinking of ways to make it smarter and more appropriate to the modern utility structure, and more—that it’s always a joy to watch what topics are capturing the imagination and the attention of the Energy Central community. So without further ado, let’s dive into the best content from the past four weeks.


Matt Chester

Community Manager


Latest Grid Content on COVID-19

Across the entire landscape, it’s impossible to start talking about what’s going on in various industries today without first addressing the elephant in the room of the Coronavirus pandemic. That couldn’t be truer for the utility sector and for grid professionals, as topics like change in demand, social distancing of workers keeping the grid running, and new needs for customers are all quite prevalent. Thus to write a digest of the most timely topics of the month in the Grid Professionals Group must start with a slice of COVID-19 content. First, we have an article from Lawrence Orsini, the Founder and CEO of LO3 Energy, on what the energy sector can and must do to ensure that the COVID-19 situation does not lead to hazardous and dangerous blackouts. Utilities really have operated as first responders during this crisis, and it’s important to stay forward looking about potential challenges.

Then we have an article from Cristin Lyons, Partner and Energy Practice Leader at ScottMadden, that investigates how the rapidly evolving and responding utility industry is reacting in the innovative technology space, specifically tech at the grid edge and in the renewable area. As the industry seeks to rebound and move forward from the COVID-19 shutdowns, the questions Cristin highlights will be critical, so thinking and talking about them now is critical. Be sure to head there and share your two cents to keep the conversation going.

Asset Management Cybersecurity Trends in the Utility Industry

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A major topic on Energy Central recently has been cybersecurity, partly due to the recent Special Issue that ran on Cybersecurity in the Utility Sector. As a part of that collection of thought leadership, John Biasi (Senior Cyber Security Consultant at 1898 & Co.) shares his insights into the current and future trends of cybersecurity on grid assets. As he notes, “It’s difficult to design a cybersecurity strategy if you don’t know what you’re protecting.” So if your organization may be behind the curve in cybersecurity, check out John’s article as a great starting point.


Alleviating Stress On The Grid With EV Fleet Adoption

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Next we move to the impact of EV fleets on the grid, a topic that is never far from the Grid Professional’s mind, knowing that the coming years are going to be an unparalleled evolution on grid demand and assets in that regard. EVs on the grid present both a challenge and opportunity, and Harmeet Singh (CTO of Greenlots) provides some insightful perspective about ways that the utility sector can and should be looking to EVs as a tool that alleviate stress on the grid, not an added source of stress. Sound counterintuitive? Well, check out his post to learn more.


The Five Dimensions of Microgrids

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Last, but certainly not least, is this white paper from John Benson—Senior Consultant at Microgrid Labs—that covers the five dimensions of microgrid flexibility. John uses PG&E microgrids as a starting point to define these dimensions and give a thoughtful and holistic look forward to how microgrids are already creating change for the larger grid and what that trend will continue to look like.



This wraps up another edition of ‘Here’s Looking at You, Grid.’ Check back in this spot in four 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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