Here’s Looking at You, Grid: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Grid Network – September 24, 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.


How Distributed Energy Resources could result in a grid that is more resilient against Hurricanes like Ida

Derrick Bowen

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The resilience of a grid in the face of a massive event like Hurricane Ida is always on the mind of utility operators in vulnerable areas. Looking at new tools to find ways to harden the grid and ensure the downtown from such natural disasters are minimized is of the utmost importance, which is why Derrick Bowen of Pariveda shared his views on how DERs could be such a tool. This was an insightful article that sparked a number of conversations in the comments, so I encourage you to see what your fellow community members thought and throw your two cents in as well.


EV Charging and Other Current Pilots at CPS Energy

Daniel Coran

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The intersection of the power grid and the transportation industry is growing, and it’s growing fast. The utilities that benefit the most from this will be the ones stepping up and trying out new programs and technologies first, and this piece from Daniel Coran of Smart Grid Observer highlights specific programs taking place at CPS Energy in Texas that could position the utility to be just such a leader.


The Sustainable Micro Grids Part 1

Oswald Smiley

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If we’ve highlighted DERs and EVs, then the other major technology trend to continue to keep an eye on is the microgrid. Oswald Smiley of Jamaica Public Service Company does just that in this post and highlights another important factor they can bring to the grid: greater penetration of clean energy. This article was another one that sparked conversation in the comments that I’d love you to check out.


Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast

This month we had two episodes of the podcast go live that were directly pertinent to the Grid Network community, so I want to share a plug to those to make sure you don’t miss out on them (and if you did, I encourage you to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, or wherever else you get podcasts so you’ll be the first to know when new episodes drop!):

 Episode #42: 'EVs As A Grid Asset, Will Utilities Take Advantage' With Charlie Botsford [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]

Special Edition: Microgrids, From Utility Challenger To Asset With Peter Asmus from Guidehouse [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]


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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