Here’s Looking at You, Grid: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Grid Network – April 8, 2022

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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.


Investing in the Grid – March 2022 Special Issue

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The first and most important area to highlight this month was our recently put out special issue on Investing in the Grid. We put out a call to the Energy Central Community, and they undoubtedly delivered with insightful and valuable perspectives on how grid investment is going today and what is needed moving forward. Rather than highlight one or two of these articles, I’ll just suggest you go to the above linked Special Issue landing page and see the great article submissions (and don’t be shy, the authors all encourage your questions and comments on their pieces!).


LEMs: What the devil use are they?

Vivek Bhandari

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Looking at the state of technology innovation is always compelling, and Vivek opens this article with an interesting story about electricity innovation from the days of Michael Faraday, before connecting that story to the need for grid switching. I don’t want to steal Vivek’s thunder, so be sure to check out this eye-opening article.


Seeking Out Rockstar Linemen or Stories about Linemen for Energy Central’s Celebration of National Lineman Appreciation Day

A break from the highlighting of existing articles to a pitch to contribute one: April 18 is National Lineman Appreciation Day and Energy Central is eager to hear from and about utility lineman in our network. We have a few different options for participation, from recording a quick video to participating in an interview to submitting an article. Please check out the link above for full details.



Catching Up with Energy Central Experts: Dave Bryant of CTC Global Corporation, Expert in the Grid Professionals Group 

Finally, let’s end with an entry in our Power Perspectives Interview series, checking back in with Dave Bryant of CTC Global. In this interview, Dave shares with us the use case for advanced conductors on existing transmission corridors as part of a utility effort towards decarbonization. If you haven’t considered such a technological tool for the future of a clean grid, I highly recommend reading Dave’s insights here!


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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