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Here’s Looking at You, Grid: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Grid Network – January 15, 2021

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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.

 


SDG&E Receives Awards for Outstanding Electric Reliability, Innovation, and System Resiliency

Sara Prince

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/gr/sdge-receives-awards-outstanding-electric-reliability-innovation-and-system

We always love hearing about the recognition and awards that utilities receive in these communities, and recently San Diego Gas & Electric shared that they had received the honor of Outstanding Reliability Performance in the West Region Metropolitan Service Area from PA Consulting due to its continued and reliable service to the San Diego and southern Orange counties. Keeping the lights on may be the minimum that customers require, but that doesn’t mean it’s any small task—especially not in California which has seen natural disasters and congestion on the grid result in less then full reliability recently. Kudos to SDG&E for standing above the rest, and check out this article to learn more about how they actually did it.

 


How Data Intelligence Can Make Grid Operators the Superheroes of the Energy Transition

Steph Fonteyn

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/gr/how-data-intelligence-can-make-grid-operators-superheroes-energy-transition  

The conversation generated on this article shows just have valued of a topic it is in the utility industry, so Steph Fonteyn of Depsys coming into share insights on the ways in which data intelligence can and should be a leading pillar of utility focus could not come at a more important time in the utility digitalization process. Connecting data opportunities to decentralization, decarbonization, and digitalization, data intelligence has found its way to the core of the energy industry, and it will only get more entrenched from here. See this great article as an overview and primer on what you need to know.

 


European Power Grid Rapidly Getting More Connected

Kent Knutson

Link to original article:  https://energycentral.com/c/gr/european-power-grid-rapidly-getting-more-connected  

It seems that whenever Kent Knutson, Energy Market Specialist at Hitachi ABB Power Grids, speaks on Energy Central, the community listens. As such, this coverage of how the power grid in Europe is increasingly becoming more connected immediately jumped out to me. The European landscape is quite different from the United States in terms of geography and jurisdictions, but the more interconnected the grid in Europe becomes the more parallels there may be to the connection of various RTOs/ISOs in the United States, so this remains an important area to keep an eye on.

 


The Transmission Elephant in the Room

Rosana Francescato

Link to original article:  https://energycentral.com/c/gr/transmission-elephant-room

The transmission sector remains critical to deliver power from point A to point B, as it always has, but in this article we see how the decentralization of energy is upending what we thought we knew about T&D and how that plays into the clean energy transition. Rosana Francescato of Clean Coalition calls this the transmission elephant in the room, but she encourages us to really look at the big picture, consider economic, environmental, and resilient impacts of increasingly tapping into microgrids and similar technologies. I highly recommend this article.

 


Voltage Regulation of Active Distribution Networks

Dr. Amal Khashab

Link to original article:  https://energycentral.com/c/tr/voltage-regulation-active-distribution-ne...

Wrapping up the digest for this month, this article from Dr. Amal Khashab, Expert Independent Consultant of Electric Power Systems Engineering, covers the technical aspects of voltage regulation across active distribution networks in a really easy to understand way for those of us who aren’t as technologically proficient in the area as he is. If you want a fast lesson on some emerging and critical engineering that’s making a difference on today’s grid, look no further!

 

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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