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

 

Observations on winter electric reliability event in South Central U.S.

Rob Gramlich

Link to original article:  https://energycentral.com/c/gr/observations-winter-electric-reliability-event-south-central-us

After the events in Texas where millions lost power because of a winter storm, the grid was understandably at the center of many headlines in the utility industry and the wider mainstream media. It’ll come as no surprise, then, that the articles highlighted in Energy Central’s Grid Network this month all have to do with those events, and it starts with this list of observations from Rob Gramlich, President of Grid Strategies LLC, providing one of the early and most comprehensive answers to the question of “what just happened?” For anyone who hasn’t followed the story in detail, Rob’s post is a great place to start.

 

The Great Winter Storm of 2021 Will Live in Grid History

Kent Knutson

Link to original article:  https://energycentral.com/c/gr/great-winter-storm-2021-will-live-grid-history

In addition to asking what just happened, it’s also critical to ask: what will this mean moving forward? Kent Knutson of Hitachi ABB Grids kicks off that conversation by noting how much of a benchmark this moment in time will be for those working in the grid and what it means for how we’ll plan for the state of the grid moving forward.

 

Did Griddy Just Write an Obituary to Dynamic Pricing?

Ahmad Faruqui

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/gr/did-griddy-just-write-obituary-dynamic-pricing

You can’t discuss the ERCOT situation without acknowledging the thousands of customers who were handed utility bills that were out of this world, well over $10,000 in some cases. This occurred because of the ability Texans have to buy into dynamic pricing, and while that works in their favor in many instances this proves where that may not be the best for them. As a post mortem of the situation, Ahmad Faruqui of Brattle asks whether this outcome has become a death knell for dynamic pricing in general, or if there are other issues that arose that show dynamic pricing can still be done right.

 

One Lesson from the Texas Energy Crisis: We Need a More Flexible Grid

Jay Zoellner

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/pip/one-lesson-texas-energy-crisis-we-need-more-flexible-grid

Predictably, as we continue to move forward from the Texas blackouts, many people are looking to identify the key lessons that can be applied not only in Texas but in grids across the country and the world. According to this post from Jay Zoellner, CEO of Kiwi Power, the main lesson is the need for a flexible grid, one that doesn’t look like the T&D systems set up decades ago but one that better reflects the present day and future makeup of the utility sector. Read Jay’s article to get the full picture of how a flexible grid may have helped in Texas and could prevent future disasters.

 

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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