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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- November 20, 2020

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It may not seem to be fast moving, as the grid is the largest existing machine out there and it’s been that way for decades, but piece by piece we’re seeing the transformation of the grid. New technologies, new use cases, and new market & regulatory forces are all coming into play, and so the grid really is a more dynamic topic than ever before.

We want to make sure you stay on top of these changes, and if you don’t have the time to stay in the Energy Central Grid Professionals Group as much as you’d like because there are only so many hours in the day, I invite you to at least read through this monthly digest where I’ll highlight for you the best, more engaging, and more time-critical articles submitted to that group over the past four weeks.

Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below!

Matt Chester

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Distributed Energy Resources: What's New? An Energy Central Insights Special Issue - Two Part Series

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In case you missed it, this past month saw the deployment of the much-awaited Energy Central special issue on DERs—a topic that of course has a ton of crossover with the grid. In fact, a number of our community members of the Grid Professionals Group submitted some key content to this special issue that I’d first like to highlight below (and of course you can see the entire special issue here:


Integrated Distribution Planning: Key Insights, Opportunities, and Challenges

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Because the grid is so vast, complicated, and capital-intensive to build out, the planning is a long and arduous process. As stakeholders in the area of the grid seek to look to the future of grid planning, it’s important to keep abreast of the developments across the industry, the best planning methods, and what new challenges are being brought about by changes to technology, markets, and regulations. As such, this post by Brenda Chew—the Director of Smart Electric Power Alliance—is a must-read. I encourage you to give it a read and leave any questions you have for Brenda in the comments.

Transportation Electrification – Oncor’s Efforts to Be Ahead of the Wave

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One of the biggest upcoming challenges to the grid is the vast fleet and overall vehicle electrification process that’s currently under way and will start to ramp up rapidly. Utilities are of course going to play a central role in this process, and for those working with the grid there’s plenty to consider about making sure that transition is smooth. In this article from David Treichler, Director of Business Development at Oncor Electric Delivery, we learn about some of those challenges, potential solutions, and the overall parameters of this exciting but massive transition.

If this is a topic you care about, be sure to leave a comment or question in the comments. David is set to be a guest on an upcoming episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast to discuss this post—so your comments or questions may be featured in that episode for a deeper dive!


Reinforcement or expansion – which way to go for SSA grids?

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Finally, we wrap up with this insightful view into the sub-Saharan African grid and what the future of electrification of the region looks like and how the grid priorities will lay out. Lewis Waswa, a Junior Engineer at the Centre for Renewables & Sustainable Energy Studies, has his pulse on this really critical issue, and it’s one that grid experts from across the world will surely have their eye on in the coming years. Learn more about that situation from Lewis and let him know any questions you may have in the comments.


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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