Here’s Looking at You, Grid: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Grid Network – August 27, 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.



Beyond Cost and Efficiency Evaluation of Power Transformer Proposals

Larry Rebman

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The grid is made up of many different nodes and assets across the infrastructure, and these are real components that need individual engineering attention. That may seem obvious, but sometimes discussions of grid proposals are more theoretical than tangible, so that’s why this post from Larry Rebman, VP of EMLS Inc., is a great read—it taps into the real costs and benefits of operating power transformer equipment in the way that utility professionals in the field need to see it done.


Cobb EMC Unveils Microgrid’s Technical Challenges

Manish Murudkar

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Microgrids are among the technological solutions with the greatest momentum on the grid today. Whereas many utilities initially were skeptical or worried about what microgrids would mean for the wider grids they were operating, the modern utility is looking to identify and solidify the utility role in microgrid roll out, and in doing so one of the most important things leaders can do is to listen to the lessons learned from their peers. Here, Manish Murudkar—the Director of DER Strategy at Cobb EMC—highlights the specific challenges their utility has had when rolling out microgrids. This information is invaluable because by learning from others’ mistakes, future utilities can reduce the risk of them falling into the same pitfalls.


Funding for electric grid in the bipartisan bill

Rob Gramlich

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The biggest news in the grid and T&D sectors of the past month has been the debate and adoption by the Senate of the bipartisan infrastructure deal. While the current version looks quite different than what the Biden Administration proposed this Spring, and there’s still numerous hurdles to overcome in the House before anything becomes law, the spending bill has a large amount of provisions that will directly impact transmission and the grid as a whole. See what Rob Gramlich, President of Grid Strategies LLC, had to say about the topic.


Frequency event 22/07: Comparison of DC and FFR response from batteries

Bhanu Duggal

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One of the most forward-looking activities for the grid is actually looking back: looking at major and/or unexpected events on the grid to identify what’s happening and, with that understanding, transforming the plan for the future of the grid. In this article by Bhanu Duggal of EDF Research, we learn about a frequency event caused by a substation fire and Bhanu walks through what impact that h ad on power availability, quality, and reaction. See his expert post to learn more about how you can look at data post-incident like he does and what it means for the future grid planning processes.



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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