Here’s Looking at You, Grid: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Grid Network – November 19, 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.



Underground Transmission: Remarks by President Biden in a CNN Town Hall with Anderson Cooper | The White House

Mike Beehler

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Anytime the grid infrastructure gets play in the mainstream media, it’s a telling state of the importance of the upgrades that are needed. Mike Beehler had his listening cap on for a recent townhall held by President Biden and noticed a specific call out for the value of undergrounding transmission, which helps to elevate the discussion of this important issue to a wider audience. Check out the full quotes and Mike’s take on it at the above link.


Lessons from Texas: How decentralised grid systems can protect energy infrastructure Sriram Sarma Emani

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As we prepare for the upcoming winter and potential supply shortages, echoes of the winter freeze in Texas this past February still ring loudly for those focused on resilience and reliability. Sriram Sarma Emani, VP at Aggregko, specifically notes that decentralized grid systems are likely becoming even more important and in focus amid this backdrop, so the lessons from Texas must continue to play a strong role in our grid discussions. See his full take at this article he shared with the Grid Community.


Northwest Energy: A thoughtful approach needed for regional transmission organizations Steve Wright

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The regulatory landscape behind the vast grid systems is another area that’s been staying in center focus, and so we’re thrilled to have the insights on the topic from Steve Wright, coming from the perspective of GM at a public utility district. How the RTOs are structed and what they are empowered to do will be a key storyline for how new technologies and strategies are rolled out in this rapidly changing industry, so read his words with care!


Will the world ever have a single unified power grid?

Seb Kennedy

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Lastly, I thought this was a particularly compelling thought experiment—a worldwide unified grid? No one is talking or planning for this specifically, but in thinking through what it could possibly mean highlights some interesting ideas, discussions, and could even spur some inspiration to what might be achievable on a smaller scale. In particular, I encourage you to engage with the comments of this great article shared by Seb Kennedy of the Energy Flux Newsletter, as that’s where our community digs deeper into the topic.



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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