Here’s Looking at You, Grid: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Grid Network – July 30, 2021
- Jul 30, 2021 11:45 am GMT
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.
Thoughts from 35,000 Feet: Three things needed for a reliable grid
Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/SGRA/thoughts-35000-feet-three-things-needed-reliable-grid
Lots has always been made for an affordable grid and a clean grid, and those principles are undoubtedly essential, but Alan Ross- President of the Electric Power Reliability Alliance- highlights not only how reliability remains paramount to all other grid concerns, but exactly where the current U.S. grid is falling short and overlooking opportunities. Alan is a force in this area, so I highly recommend reading his words and taking them seriously (and he’s made himself available to answer other community members’ questions in the comments, so chime in!)
As 9 Ex-FERC commissioners tout organized markets, we need facts, not propaganda on the benefits
Speaking of engaging in the comments, this shared link from Rakon Energy’s Rao Konidena certainly sparked a conversation on the topic of organized, regulated markets and the types of policies that have long-shaped the grid and will continue to influence how these markets work in the years to come. It seems like the T&D industry is at a crossroads and the regulators won’t be able to avoid weighing in, so kick off that conversation and weigh in yourself now.
Wide Area Blackouts: A Growing Risk
Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/tr/wide-area-blackouts-growing-risk
Another article that’s created some fruitful discussion in the comments came from Tony Sleva, President of Prescient Transmission Systems, where he also dives into recent reliability issues across the grid. Utilities are only as good as their systems are reliable, and the growing risk (and incidents) of blackout serve to undercut the good will and success of the energy systems. The risk doesn’t have to be this great, and Tony highlights some potential causes and solutions, so definitely check it out.
The State of Summer 2021 Resource Adequacy in the West
Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/rm/state-summer-2021-resource-adequacy-west
Well it should be no surprise in the thick of summer heat and the past year of grid events that the next can’t-miss article is another view of reliability issues, that’s the big story in the Grid Network at the moment! This last one comes from Energy Central newcomer, Amanda Sargent of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council. Taking a regional look at expected ability to meet demand is critical for those across the industry, so Amanda’s western view proves quite insightful.
Why Will the Grid Need to Handle More Intermittent Two-Way Power Flows?
Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/gr/why-will-grid-need-handle-more-intermittent-two-way-power-flows
Finally to end the digest on a different topic just for a change of pace, the longer-term trend we’re also seeing across the grid is the shift towards smarter technologies and capabilities, with two-way power flows being key to enabling a lot of those factors. Emily Newton breaks down why that will be so critical as we build up and retrofit our existing grid in the coming years.
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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