Here’s Looking at You, Grid: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Grid Network – July 1, 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.


What Are Renewable Energy Credits, How Do They Work, and Why Do They Matter?

Joyce Bone

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As the energy sector and private companies alike look to find ways to decarbonize their efforts, renewable energy credits and exchanging them on the marketplace is becoming more common. However, these practices are not without controversy, debate, and more. In this article, Joyce Bone, the President & Co-Founder of SolMicroGrid, dives into this debate and you can see from the comments section that the debate continues—so don’t be shy about diving in!


Multi-value framework for long-term regional transmission planning

Kent Knutson

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If there’s one area of potential energy investment that’s gotten the spotlight shined on it in the past year or two, it’s the wider grid system across the United States. Specifically, the possibility for long-term regional transmission has been in the focus as a way to enhance regional grid reliability, to bring sources of clean energy to new areas, and to bring long overdue modernization to the grid. Kent Knutson once again highlights some must know information and reports in this content he shared so it’s well worth you checking out.


A $27 Billion Problem for Utilities: How Technology, Policy Evolved to Fight It

Bryan Friehauf

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Vegetation management may sound routine and even dull to those outside of the grid systems, but it’s actually one of the most critical, quickly changing, and hot topics in utility circles. New digital technologies are creating advanced opportunities, and the need to catch up on vegetation management has been highlighted as drought and extreme heat make wildfire concerns that much greater. This is a situation where an ounce of prevention is well worth the pound of clean up after the fact, so Bryan’s coverage on this $27 billion line item is an important read.


Sustainable Micro Grid : Decentralize Digitalize Decarbonize

Arundhati Mukherjee

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 Last but not least, Arundhati Mukherjee of Damodar Valley Corporation joins the Energy Central community to share her important insights on the state of the sustainable microgrid and what that can mean towards the oft-repeated 3 D’s: decentralization, digitalization, and decarbonization. This technical overview provides a great starting point for anyone who hasn’t stayed in tune with the state of micro grids in recent years and can even serve as a reference resource moving forward.


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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