Here’s Looking at You, Grid: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Grid Network – May 7, 2021Posted to Energy Central in the Grid Professionals Group
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- May 7, 2021 4:30 pm GMTMay 7, 2021 4:26 pm GMT
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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.
Battery Project Enhances Reliability to Con Edison Customers on City Island
Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/gr/battery-project-enhances-reliability-con-edison-customers-city-island
Con Edison is keeping the health and reliability of its grid systems at the forefront of its planning, and this project rolled out on City Island is just another example of that. Allan Drury of Con Edison shares the news of the battery project that’s intend to enhance reliability and resilience and provide increased benefits and reliable payback to its customer base.
A Florida Case Study on Hardening the Grid
Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/pip/florida-case-study-hardening-grid
Recent years have really shown the need to plan for grid resilience in the face of extreme weather events: winter storms, wildfires, and hurricanes. The last of those is of key importance in the Sunshine State, and Cindy Miller takes a deep dive here into what Florida has done in recent years to harden the power grid in response to the state’s frequent and high intensity storms that put customer power access at risk each hurricane season. Just as valuable as this article by Cindy is the great dialogue taking shape in the comments section—so I also encourage you to check that out as well and share your two cents.
Biden Rushes to Protect the Power Grid as Hacking Threats Grow
Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/pip/biden-rushes-protect-power-grid-hacking-threats-grow
If storms are one of the bigger physical threats to the grid, then hacking is likely the largest digital threat to the grid. In this article shared by Charles Durant from Oak Ridge National Lab, we get into some discussion of what the Biden Administration is doing to prioritize the cybersecurity of the grid amid mounting threats from adversaries and bad actors. Again, the article itself here is quite valuable but even more so I encourage you to check out the extra insights Charles is sharing in the comments in response to community members diving in for conversation. Don’t be shy about sharing your questions or feedback, too!
Transmission getting its due in American Jobs Plan
Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/gr/transmission-getting-its-due-american-jobs-plan
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.
Meanwhile, back at the (Texas) Ranch
The Winter Storms that knocked out power access to millions in Texas this past February remains one of the most important grid stories today because of the fallout, the planning to prevent future occurrences, and the debate that rages on. In the spirit of keeping that conversation moving on productively and educationally, Tom Alrich has shared this three-part series reviewing the events and their fallout and positing what we should all be taking away from the situation. If you still feel like there’s more you have to learn to really understand the Texas grid situation, I recommend starting with this insightful series of articles.
Call for Articles - Grid Modernization 2021 [Energy Central Special Issue Series]
Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/pip/call-articles-state-grid-2021
Last but not least, I wanted to make sure all interested Grid Professionals had seen that we are currently collecting stories for our upcoming Special Issue on Grid Modernization.
Details can be found at the link above, and participation is open to all. Be sure to submit your contributions by May 17 for potential inclusion in the May 27 Special Issue newsletter!
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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