Investing in the Grid: Letter from the Community Leader

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This item is part of the Investing in the Grid - March 2022 SPECIAL ISSUE, click here for more

Letter from the Community Leader:

At last, in recent years, we have seen more focus on the need to start investing heavily in the grid, both for today and tomorrow. Today,  we need investments that help us harden the grid for resiliency against extreme weather and that provide for needed repair or replacement of equipment that has become outdated. Tomorrow, and some can argue sooner, the grid needs to be expanded to account for rapidly rising demand, a need for cleaner and more efficient technologies, and modernized digital technologies that transform how the grid operates on a fundamental level. 

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Agreeing that we need to invest in the grid is one thing, but getting a broad consensus on the top priorities, the best technologies, when and where, and the overall approach to pushing that investment is entirely another one. With that in mind, we thought now was the right moment to tap into the collective expertise of the Energy Central Community, collecting insights and thought leadership pieces on Investing in the Grid for our March Special Issue Edition.

In this Special Issue edition, you'll find a running digest from Energy Central Community Members-- experts and professionals across the utility landscape-- where they share their view of the top grid investment priorities, strategies to use as investment increases, and more. I encourage all of our members to take some time to read through these shared insights to see what your peers are saying.

And finally, I will also note that the release of the Special Issue isn't the end of the topic but just the beginning of these conversations. We want to see this Special Issue as interactive as possible: each utility professional who submitted an article encourages the community to follow up via comments, questions, and ideas in the comments section (a can't-miss opportunity where you can discuss and debate with these esteemed minds directly within our community!). 

I look forward to seeing you in the Community! 

Audra C Drazga

VP of the Power Industry Network


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