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Here’s Looking at You, Grid: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Grid Network – February 12, 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.

 


Modernize FERC Regulations to Achieve Full Promise of Renewable Energy

Nina Plaushin

Link to original article:  https://energycentral.com/c/tr/modernize-ferc-regulations-achieve-full-p...

A trending topic in the area of grid and T&D is summed up in the opening line of this article: “If you like renewables, you better love transmission.” Nina Plaushin, Vice President of Regulatory and Federal Affairs at ITC Holdings Corp, dives into that idea in this article by highlighting the shortcomings of transmission capacity today and tomorrow and underscoring how the regulatory measures and processes at FERC need refining to address what’s quickly becoming a hot-button issue.

 


2021: Revaluing Reliability & Resilience

Patrick McGarry

Link to original article:  https://energycentral.com/c/gr/2021-revaluing-reliability-resilience   

Keeping on the theme of what people are talking about this year in grid circles, Patrick McGarry—Senior Director at PCI—highlights that reliability and resilience really are going to be taking center stage in 2021 (and beyond). Specifically, Patrick does a great job at discussing the differences between reliability and resilience, highlighting the importance of each, and framing questions that utilities and related stakeholders should be asking themselves and others when it comes to prioritizing them. I definitely recommend giving this article a readthrough.

 


Minnesota PUC Fines Xcel Energy $1 Million for Interconnection Failures

Gwendolyn Brown

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/gr/minnesota-puc-fines-xcel-energy-1-million-interconnection-failures   

This topical piece from Gwendolyn Brown, the Communications Director at the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, highlights a developing news story on a fine levied to Xcel for interconnection failures and frames it in a very compelling and forward-looking way to show what this occurrence may mean for other operators in the space and what lessons they should take away from it all.

 


Loss of Property Value in Eversource Transmission Investment

Julian Silk

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/tr/loss-property-value-eversource-transmission-investment

If more transmission development is the answer to some of the important challenges highlighted above, then Julian Silk highlights that the building of that new transmission isn’t always as straightforward or easy to implement as it seems. Commenting on a specific transmission investment being debated in New England, Julian highlights some of the key considerations in terms of environmental impact, feedback from the community, and the impact to the property values surrounding the proposed builds.

 


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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