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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- June 5, 2020

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Thanks for checking out this latest issue of ‘Here’s Looking at You, Grid,’ the regular monthly digest that surveys the most important and impactful content submitted to the Grid Professionals Group during the previous four weeks. We’ve seen some great activity in this Grid Professionals Group over the course of recent weeks, and topics on the grid remain highly important for the wider utility sector. As you’ll see in the ensuing digest, great content is coming in on various different topics and from thought leaders from different corners of the sector. This allows us to create a pretty rich tapestry of discussions in the Energy Central community, so keep them coming!

I encourage you to read these compelling stories, share your thoughts and questions by commenting on the articles, and even share them with your wider networks if you come across something that truly speaks to you!


Matt Chester

Community Manager


Can Your Electric Car Be Used to Help Power the Grid?

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Vehicle-to-Grid (or V2G) technology is a topic that’s been gaining a lot of momentum, as innovators and utility professionals recognize the potential impact (both in challenges and in opportunities) that the coming growth in electric vehicle sales is likely to bring those served with maintaining the grid. In that vein, Michael Herrera—the Program Manager of Supplier Diversity & Development at Southern California Edison—asks the basic question behind it all: can your electric car help power the grid? Michael’s thoughts on the topic are compelling to read, as is the lively discussion that broke out in the comments section. Definitely be sure to read through the comments (and add your own) after reading Michael’s insights.


Transforming our Electric Grid with Jeff Wolfe

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The future of the grid promises to look less and less like the grid of yesterday as technology improves, utilities transform, and markets adapt. As Barry Cinnamon, CEO of Cinnamon Energy Systems, writes in this preview to his podcast interview with Jeff Wolfe of Veloce Energy, “New technologies — wind, solar, batteries, EVs, computer controls, building electrification, software, heat pumps — make the distributed electric grid cheaper, safer and more efficient. But we have over one hundred years of established grid infrastructure practices standing in the way of transforming our electric grid.” The what/how/when/where of these grid transformations are some of the most compelling questions for the future of the utility sector, so this podcast conversation is a great one to give a listen to.

The voltage optimization algorithm associated with the Smart Transformer

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This article dives into the technology behind the smart transformer that has OLTC, or on load tap changer. If you want to get into the technical weeds, Iker Garcia (Data Scientist with Ormazabal Corporate Technology) gives you the tools to dive into this technology, the programming and algorithms that make it run, and why such smart transformers may be in the grid’s not too distant future.


Securing the Grid in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution is all about data—data collection, data analysis, data processing, and more. With the advent of smart technologies on the grid, it’s important that changes don’t happen faster than potential protections can keep up, as cybersecurity is such a critical area of focus. With that in mind, Richelle Elberg (Principal Research Analyst of IoT and Connectivity with Guidehouse) shares some of the key priorities for utilities and associated companies to ensure their assets are secure as this Fourth Industrial Revolution continues to unfold.



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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