Smart Grid

A host of market forces has raised concerns about the uncertain future for the nation’s electric grid. Growing renewable energy capacity and energy efficiency improvements, combined with smart grid capabilities, however, can provide new options that can improve resiliency, reliability and financial incentives with distributed generation technologies. This session featured energy and grid experts who shared their expertise from a federal, regional, private sector and academic perspective and explored these complex issues before policymakers. They also discussed states' roles in meeting future challenges and opportunities facing the nation’s transmission and distribution system.

At this fun and informative event attendees were able to visit and tour Kansas City Power & Light’s state-of-the-art smart grid facility, which includes advanced generation, distribution and customer technologies. The site demonstrated how co-located renewable energy sources, such as solar power, feeds into the grid that serves roughly 14,000 commercial and residential customers.

With the electric power industry merging formerly separate power, digital and telecommunications systems into one platform—otherwise known as the smart grid—the United States is moving to cleaner energy and a more efficient and reliable power grid. In addition, with smart grid technologies provided wirelessly, it is now very easy for utilities to offer and manage prepaid plans, according to Greentech Media. But advancement of the technology will require support from legislators and even more grid modernization.

Growing consumer interest in net metering has led to a surge in rooftop solar installations and the use of distributed energy technology. However, potential challenges are developing for some utilities with existing state incentive plans to bolster net metering using traditional rate recovery models they believe do not fully recoup the value of services and reliability provided.

The reliability of power delivery to homes and businesses is perhaps one of the most critical and underappreciated aspects that make modern, 21st century living a reality. This week’s 10th anniversary of the Northeastern blackout that interrupted service for a week for more than 50 million people is a painful reminder of the cascading problems that can occur in bulk power markets and the need for continued grid modernization efforts.

Natural and manmade disasters wreak incredible amounts of destruction on our nation’s energy and electric infrastructure. Recent events like Hurricane Sandy impacted over 20 states and caused over $20 billion in insured losses and left millions without power for several days.  State policymakers can learn from these tragic and terrible events and find ways to improve the resiliency and strength of their electric grid infrastructure with strategic all-hazards planning and implementing new technological benefits provided by SmartGrid technologies. On Wednesday, June 12, CSG’s webinar "Storm Recovery—Building Stronger, Smarter Electrical Grids" featured two prominent grid modernization experts who shared their expertise and perspective on proactive steps states can take to improve the hardening and redundancy of energy infrastructure.

Natural and manmade disasters wreak incredible amounts of destruction on our nation’s energy and electric infrastructure. Recent events like Hurricane Sandy impacted over 20 states and caused over $20 billion in insured losses and left millions without power for several days.  State policymakers can learn from these tragic and terrible events and find ways to improve the resiliency and strength of their electric grid infrastructure with strategic all-hazards planning and implementing new technological benefits provided by SmartGrid technologies. On Wednesday, June 12, CSG’s webinar "Storm Recovery—Building Stronger, Smarter Electrical Grids" featured two prominent grid modernization experts who shared their expertise and perspective on proactive steps states can take to improve the hardening and redundancy of energy infrastructure.

Please join us for the next installment of CSG's Webinar Series entitled, "Storm Recovery—Building Stronger, Smarter Electrical Grids." The event takes place at 2 PM/Eastern on June 12th and detailed registration information can be found here.

Mark your calendars for the next installment in CSG's webinar series entitled, "Storm Recovery—Building Stronger, Smarter Electrical Grids." The program will start at 2 PM/Eastern on June 12th and you can register here for the event.

During our 2012 national conference last December in Austin, a policy resolution was passed promoting smart grid and grid modernization efforts at CSG. The resolution sets up a general framework of important components that should be considered by states when discussing grid modernization initiatives as well as encouraging additional educational outreach work to CSG's membership and interaction with other sister organizations on behalf of states. 

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