Here’s Looking at You, Grid: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Grid Network – December 18, 2020

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The grid is often called the largest and most complex machine that engineers have ever created, and that was before the advent of smart grid technology, modernized solutions, and more taking place across T&D infrastructure all the time today. Keeping up with the developments on grid technology, associated grid markets, and appropriate regulations and policies can be a full-time job, but with the aid of the Grid Network on Energy Central (composed of the Grid Professionals Group and the Transmission Professionals Group) you can be privy to the best shortcut to stay up to date on the news, musings, and debates shaping the grid today.


Why This Winter Might Be the Ultimate Motivator for the Self-Healing Grid

Claus Vetter

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Claus Vetter is the Global Product Manager for Grid Automation and Communication Global Product Group at Hitachi ABB Power Grids, and when we talk about the grid getting smarter and more advanced, nothing could symbolize that more than the futuristic sounding self-healing grid. Identifying issues on the grid before they become bigger problems is one of the great successes of the modernized grid, and Claus’s description of those possibilities are quite mind-blowing.


How the Elusive Value of Resilience Has Been Successfully Quantified 

Craig Lewis

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While we want the grid to continually get decarbonized, the top priority has long been to maintain resilience. A clean and affordable grid can only do so much if customers don’t know with near certainty that the lights will turn on when they flip the switch. The concept of resilience has often been a bit intangibly defined, though, so this article from Craig Lewis—the Executive Director of Clean Coalition—talks about recent developments to actually quantify resilience and the implications that has on the utility sector.


Feasibility Studies Instrumental in Success of 5 Municipal Microgrid Projects in California

Tricia Fitzpatrick

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As the grid gets larger and more complex, one of the key aspects to keep an eye on is actually the shrinking of certain grid functions into the micro-grid. California has been leading the way in many progressive microgrid implementations, and Tricia Fitzpatrick of HOMER Energy by UL outlines successful pilot programs for municipal microgrids that have caught the industry’s attention. Check out this article and think about the possibilities of how and where the next microgrid installation will be.


Hard Truths and Lessons Learned - Building a Competent NERC Compliance Department

JC Culberson

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Grid functions aren’t just about the technology used, but often about the regulatory process outlined to make sure all functions as they should. In that vein, JC Culberson’s contributions on building a competent NERC compliance department for organizations on the grid couldn’t be more important. As Manager of Operations at Certrec Corporation, JC has a great inside view of the challenges in this regard and so his perspective and advice should definitely be valued.


Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast Episode #24: 'Fleet Electrification is Bigger in Texas' with David Treichler of Oncor Electric Delivery 

David Treichler

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Lastly, the latest episode of our original Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast went in the grid space as we hosted David Treichler, the Director of Business Development at Oncor Electric Delivery, to discuss what the power transmission system and its stakeholder organizations were thinking about as transportation gets more electrified and it will be up to the utilities to not only make sure there’s enough power delivery to charge them, but also find creative ways to utilize these new moving batteries. This episode is a great one for anyone curious about learning more about the intersection of EVs and the utility space.


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. Make sure you don't miss out on these shared insights in the future. 

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