Here’s Looking at You, Grid: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Grid Network – December 17, 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.



Waste and inefficiency of US underground utility damage prevention systems estimated at $61 billion annually

Geoff Zeiss

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Among the common debates in grid circles these days is the value vs. cost of undergrounding transmission technologies as a means to enhance reliability.  A large deterrent comes from the immense capital costs it takes to do so, not to mention the regular maintenance cost increases. That said, this article from Geoff Zeiss highlights that further waste and inefficiencies from underground utility systems totals a mind-blowing $61 billion each year. Check out the math in this article to be better informed for these types of debates.


Con Edison’s Clean Link New Jersey Plans to Connect the Garden State with Offshore Wind and its Clean Energy Future

Allan Drury

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Offshore wind is one of the most exciting and rapidly growing sources of generation in the United States, particularly on the East Coast. But it also of course comes with some unique challenges and infrastructure needs when it comes to connecting to the grid. In the New Jersey offshore industry, Con Edison is looking to utilize high voltage transmission technology to bring that power to the shore and the grid, as noted in this article shared by Con Edison’s Allan Drury.


Addressing the low-carbon million-gigawatt-hour energy storage challenge

Charles Forsberg

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In looking to the future of the grid, pretty unanimously experts see that energy storage will play a key role. The scale of the energy storage on the grid, the cost associated, and the ultimate efficiency are major factors to watch, and so having a contribution like this to the community is critical. Charles Forsberg, a Principal Research Scientist at MIT, highlights what some of the challenges are for the GWh-scale energy storage problem and offers insights as to the potential long-term solutions.


A Clean, Reliable Power Solution for Caribbean Hotels and Resorts

Tom McGeehan

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Lastly, it wouldn’t be a proper grid digest without diving into the world of microgrids as a means to boost reliability. Tom McGeehan of E-Finity highlights some of the work his teams have been doing to create clean power solutions for the people in the Caribbean who too often see major storms test their resilience, and then he also joined the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast to dive more deeply into this topic: Episode #63: 'Equitable Energy Access And Microgrids For Island Nations' With Tom McGeehan Of E-Finity [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]



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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