Here’s Looking at You, Grid: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Grid Network – April 9, 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.



USDA Invests $598 Million to Improve and Modernize Rural Electric Infrastructure After Severe Weather and Age Test the Grid

Daniel Blottenberger

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One of the most important areas of grid development today is in the rural regions of the country, both in terms of bring critical infrastructure to these communities as well as creating jobs and stimulus during this important time to do so. As such, it’s great to see Daniel Blottenberger, the Public Affairs Specialist at USDA Rural Development Pennsylvania, share this update about how the federal government is being sure to invest in long overdue upgrades to the rural grid system. Read this informative article to learn the vast impact this sum of money is sure to have.


Designing an Efficient Electrical Grid Has Never Been So Important

Dave Bryant

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It’s important that the grid doesn’t just get built where it’s needed and has resilience systems built in, but the efficiency is becoming more important than ever. As we look towards the energy transition, every source of inefficiency makes the final path to decarbonization that much harder, and something as fundamental as the electrical grid is the type of obvious, low-hanging fruit we need to invest in today. Dave Bryant, Director of Technology at CTC Global, makes that much clear in this brief but convincing post.


Updated Transmission Lines for Renewables: Electric Powerways

Tony Sleva

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Another great article submitted this past month on how transmission upgrades go hand in hand with the increased renewable generation on the grid came from Tony Sleva, President of Prescient Transmission Systems. Tony specifically shared with the community the value of electric powerways, or transmission elements that offer impedance control. As Tony explains, this type of upgrade really opens up the door of opportunities that go beyond what we’ve come to expect from transmission lines. Definitely read up on Tony’s article and leave him questions/comments if you aren’t too familiar with powerways and what they can bring the industry.


Transmission getting its due in American Jobs Plan

Rob Gramlich

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One of the biggest stories in a way for the energy sector came this past week with the Biden Administration dropping its plans for the future of the grid (and other infrastructure and jobs, of course). There’s so much to digest from the proposal, but Rob Gramlich (President of Grid Strategies LLC) highlights the benefits that are in the transmission investment that’s to come from it. From many different angles, this investment can be one of the more transformative coming out of the federal government in years, and Rob breaks it down for readers who haven’t had to time to dig into the policy themselves.


DERMS Terms – Going Beyond the Buzzword

Ben Ealey

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Last but not least, Ben Ealey—Principal of Grid Integration at Smart Electric Power Alliance—walks the Energy Central community through everything DERMS and how we need to embrace the concept as more than hype or a buzzword but for an actual transformative technology that can bring new possibilities to grid operators moving forward. Ben does a much better job explaining than I can, so I’ll just say I highly recommend you check out this piece!


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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