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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- October 23, 2020

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The state of the grid as we know it is changing—microgrids, distributed generation, evolving markets and associated regulations, and more are changing the makeup of the grid that was stagnant for so long. This new era on the power grid is an exciting time, and it’s moving with greater speed than ever before. That’s why it’s critical to stay up on the latest news. Here to give you a shortcut on doing that is the ‘Here’s Looking at You, Grid’ monthly digest of the top stories from the past four weeks in the Grid Professionals Group at Energy Central. Think of it as your monthly cheat sheet.

Happy Reading!

Matt Chester

Community Manager


What is a Nanogrid?

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Advancing technologies are some of the most critical ways the grid is transforming today, and while you might already up be up to speed with microgrids, how are you with nanogrids? If you’re behind on this emerging technology then fear not, as AJ Perkins, President of Instant On, writes about their benefits and future in this key contribution.


The future of digital substations

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It’s not just the physical hardware to keep an eye on with the grid, but also the virtual. Claus Vetter of Hitachi ABB Power Grids makes the case for how digital substations will be an important grid technology in the coming years as we again reform what we thought the grid was and how it can operate. Look into the future by reading this post.

Monitoring Power System Poles

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From looking to the future to remembering not to leave behind the past of technology, Theo Laughner of PowerGRID-RX Inc. highlights the important role played by some of the most visible parts of the grid: power system poles. The power system pole has been around for decades, and specific ones have in fact been around that long in an aging grid structure—so not only does Theo talk to the importance of tracking and updating these poles as needed, but also how the smart grid technology of these modern times can come into play as well.


Newcastle: Australia’s leading smart city

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Last but not least comes an important insight into the most modern of grids in parts of Australia, namely Newcastle. Paul Budde explains how and why Newcastle became the standard bearer for digital technologies, smart city infrastructure, and more in Australia and what lessons that could provide to other cities looking to leap into the 21st century (and beyond) grid.



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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