Why the Grid Mod Evolution is Not a One-Size-Fits-All Endeavor

Why the Grid Mod Evolution is Not a One-Size-Fits-All Endeavor

Grid Modernization represents the single largest transformation of the electric utility post-WWII. Investments in hardware and software in the digital age promise a more resilient and reliable grid poised to serve the U.S. well into the 21st century. In this article, we discuss the primary drivers of Grid Mod efforts, how they vary by utility, and how approaches have evolved over time.…

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DER Aggregation: Bi-Directional Data Flow Disrupting Bulk Power System Model

DER Aggregation: Bi-Directional Data Flow Disrupting Bulk Power System Model

Distributed Energy Resource (DER) advancement is the driver to create significant growth in two-way data flow between DER devices and grid control systems, as well as between DER owners/aggregators and other market actors. Driven by requirements to support greater amounts of renewables, our distribution grids are transforming to accommodate two-way electricity and two-way data flow on the...

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How to Build an Analytics Center of Excellence to Tackle Utility Problems

How to Build an Analytics Center of Excellence to Tackle Utility Problems

We recently attended the annual gathering of utility practitioners at Utility Analytics Week in San Antonio. A common theme discussed was “how do we get started?”, “where do we start?”, and “how do we justify the cost?”. Electric utilities are becoming increasingly digitally-oriented and data intensive with the adoption of AMI meters, deployment of SCADA systems across the grid, and...

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Blog Series – Part 1: DOE’s Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule

Blog Series – Part 1: DOE’s Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule

A Wrench in the Wholesale Electricity Market On September 28, 2017, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) titled, “Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule.” This first blog in a series summarizes the NOPR and discusses the fundamental issue behind the rule: The DOE seeks action within 60 days (by November 27, 2017) from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission...

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Here’s the deal with digital.

Here’s the deal with digital.

Leading companies across numerous industries are abuzz with going “digital.” At West Monroe, we believe going digital—or digitizing information so it can be transmitted, stored, and analyzed to gain new insights and efficiencies—is a key enabler and accelerator of an organization’s strategy. But what does a utility have to gain from this digital revolution?…

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Enabling the Next Generation Grid: The Potential of Energy Storage

Enabling the Next Generation Grid: The Potential of Energy Storage

All of us experience what amounts to “magic” in our daily lives: Every time we flip a switch to turn our lights on they do so instantly. The electric grid is one of humankind’s greatest engineering marvels, balancing electrical supply and demand within a close tolerance at every point along the network to keep our economy and modern way of life running at full speed.…

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Utility Industry Trends: Taking Stock & Reflecting

Utility Industry Trends: Taking Stock & Reflecting

The 3rd annual NY Energy Revolution Summit in New York City, was well attended and insightful. Speakers and panelists were dominated by utility executives and industry professionals sharing their respective experience in meeting the requirements of an industry in transition. While challenges remain to create a robust and customer-centric distribution system operator platform, progress...

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Blog Series: Managing Grid Modernization Programs (Part 4)

Blog Series: Managing Grid Modernization Programs (Part 4)

The Drive to Completion As we discussed in our previous blog, a common element across any successful grid modernization effort is the careful and deliberate approach to forming teams by identifying “the right people, in the right seats on the bus.” Grid modernization is certainly not a sprint, and is a long journey that requires the right team with a common understanding of the program scope...

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Blog Series: Managing Grid Modernization Programs (Part 2)

Blog Series: Managing Grid Modernization Programs (Part 2)

The “Iron Triangle”, Redefined In our first post, we introduced the unique challenge utilities face when balancing the need to deliver reliable service while making strategic investments to modernize infrastructure and systems to improve operations — all the while enhancing the overall customer experience. We also introduced the framework that has proven highly effective for...

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Blog Series: Managing Grid Modernization Programs (Part 1)

Blog Series: Managing Grid Modernization Programs (Part 1)

Embrace chaos to drive value, collaboration, and tangible benefits This is the first of a four-part blog series that explores the challenges and introduces a practical management framework for utilities to consider when embarking on a large grid modernization effort. The utility business model is undergoing profound change in terms of how energy is produced, delivered, and consumed.…

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How Can You Unlock the Value of Grid-Connected Storage?

How Can You Unlock the Value of Grid-Connected Storage?

I recently had the opportunity to both attend and present at an EUCI event focused on Grid-Connected Storage Interconnection and Operations – Technical and Policy Guidelines. From the discussion at the event, it is evident those working with storage solutions can support a wide variety of diverse applications. The same storage solution can provide load shifting (charging during off-peak hours...

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