Message of from Day 2: Optimizing the electric grid to meet aggressive clean energy goals is less about developing technology and more about communicating its value to policymakers and customers.
Actionable plans are leading European stimulus investments, post-COVID relief, and bringing a multifaceted approach to greener economy. Marianne Laigneau kicked off the day with a clear message “Power grids are at the heart of the energy transition to decarbonize our economy”.
Optimizing transmission may be the fastest path to large scale renewable integration as we heard from Angelina Galiteva, Rich Dewey, Jonathan Weisgall, and Gary Rackliffe. Jonathan made the statement of the hour with “if you love renewables, you better love transmission.”
Calvin Butler and Jimmy Etheredge covered many topics in a fast-paced chat highlighting how their technology partnership is about “embracing partner ecosystems to drive change”. In a day focused on technology, these leaders talked more about the importance of harnessing partnerships to narrow the technology divide through inclusion and community development.
A breakout on broadband focused more on solutions than on challenges facing utilities and communications companies on the need to own communications bandwidth.
There is no better way to fully comprehend the complexity of our energy transition than to hear perspectives from investor owned utilities, municipalities, and cooperatives, representing the four corners of the US. Leaders from CenterPoint Energy, LADWP, Eversource Energy, and Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance helped us understand how grids are enabling this transition now, not in 20 years.
Finally, Audrey Zibelman shared incredible stories of flexibility as wildfires meant major disruption to Australia’s grid. Zak Kuznar may have put it best “The systems we use to bring in high penetrations of renewables must be simple, standardized, in order to be effective”
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