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Here’s Looking at You, Grid: Bi-Weekly Digest of the Top Content Submitted to the Grid Professionals Group in Energy Central- January 17, 2020

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Now that it’s mid-January, it’s time for everyone to be settled back into the workflow after what was hopefully a great holiday and new year season! I know I sometimes  have trouble getting back into work after the time off, and with that it’s all too easy to have inadvertently missed some important news, development, or happening. At Energy Central, we understand but we also don’t want you to miss a thing! So this week is a perfect one to continue ‘Here’s Looking at You, Grid,’ our bi-weekly digest of the best and most popular content that was submitted to the Grid Professionals Group.

So sip your coffee and catch up on what you might have missed while your eyes were glazed over in your first week back in the office (don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone you were zonked out!).

 

Matt Chester

Community Manager

 

Grid Talks – The Vermont Energy Vision with Mary Powell

Link to original article: https://www.energycentral.com/c/gr/grid-talks-vermont-energy-vision-mary-powell
Marty Rosenberg and his ‘Grid Talk’ podcast for SmartGrid.gov is a terrific series that “features the leaders and innovators shaping the 21st century grid.” You’ll start seeing his podcast pop up more in the Grid Professionals community, and I definitely encourage you to check it out (as well as all the podcasts that are being submitted to Energy Central—you’ll notice this is a focus for 2020 and will be a great way to expand how to get your utility industry fix while commuting, doing the chores, working out, etc.!). This episode is a great one to start with, as Marty chats with Mary Powell of Green Mountain Power about how Vermont’s grid is dealing with an influx of wind power, solar generation, and more via smart grid infrastructure.

 

Algorithms are the Next Generation Grid’s Need

Link to original article: https://www.energycentral.com/c/gr/algorithms-are-next-generation-grid%E2%80%99s-need

While Energy Central offers a host of different groups for segments of the utility sector, it goes without saying that there’s a host of overlap. This article by Paul Korzeniowski highlights one area where grid needs are being increasingly met with factors of the digital utility community, with algorithms helping to assist, guide, and further the grid of the future. These digital approaches being used for the physical grid infrastructure are fascinating, and you’ll see some great conversation about this topic taking place in the comments section of this article (which I encourage you to add your two cents to if you have thoughts on this topic).

 

Future Electricity Markets: Designing for Massive Amounts of Zero-Variable- Cost Renewable Sources

Link to original article: https://www.energycentral.com/c/gr/future-electricity-markets-designing-massive-amounts-zero-variable-cost-renewable

Richard Brooks is a part of the Energy Central network of experts and with that status he continually brings great content to you, members of the community. In this link he submitted, he guides readers to consider what the grid looks like and will look like as renewables become a greater portion of the energy generation mix. Richard writes:

The challenges are real and the need for real solutions are well articulated by well respected and knowledgeable authors in the highly regarded IEEE Power and Energy Magazine. Well worth reading if you're looking to understand what we are facing as an industry as we enter the next decade.

All I know is if Richard is recommending it, it’s worth it for all of us to read!

 

Community Microgrids in the Spotlight in 2019

Link to original article: https://www.energycentral.com/c/gr/community-microgrids-spotlight-2019

Last but not least is this article from Rosana Francescato of the Clean Coalition that completes a look back at the year the microgrids had. Microgrids have been and will continue to be a hot topic in the utility industry as a potential solution and tool for a host of areas; from helping during blackouts to enabling distributed generation to being used as a tool for preventing/mitigating wildfires, the microgrid conversation in the 2020s will be important. But as Rosana shows, it’s important to contextualize that with all that happened in the landmark year of 2019.

 

 

That’s it for this edition of ‘Here’s Looking at You, Grid.’ See you in this spot in two weeks to go over the great content that will be coming between now and then! 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.

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