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Iowa’s Wind Power Boom

November 11, 2021

“I think it’s going to be really exciting to see all of these different technologies that are really pretty early, kind of in their infancy, competing to fill in that gap that’s created when you get too reliant on just renewables.” Mike Fehr, Senior Vice President, Renewable Generation and Compliance, MidAmerican Energy


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Entergy’s Power Grid After Hurricane Ida

October 29, 2021

“The new infrastructure is proving to be robust against even the storms that we’re seeing today, but what we do need to ... determine (is) whether or not the cost-benefit relationship has changed.” Leo Denault, Chairman and CEO, Entergy Corporation


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National Grid Takes New York Green

October 18, 2021

“We have very ambitions climate goals in New York State, 70% renewable electricity by 2030; 100% decarbonized electricity by 2040. In order to get to those kinds of targets we need to start now.” Rudolph Winter, President, National Grid New York


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EVs Take Off - Grid, Regulations to Evolve

October 6, 2021

“It’s a much more complex system to run and manage for the utility and the grid operator but it offers a lot of load for a management flexibility.” Philip Jones, Executive Director, Alliance for Transportation Electrification


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The Future Grid - Ameren Transmission’s Take

September 23, 2021

“What is happening in mid-America is sweeping the nation, and more transmission and distribution line planning must be coordinated.” Shawn Schukar, Chairman and President, Ameren Transmission


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Transmission Key to LA’s Renewable Goals

August 24, 2021

“Maximizing the local solar, storage, and demand response... regardless of what scenario we go with, we know that there’s a baseline of no-regrets transmission investment that we need to make.” Jason Rondou, Director of Resource Planning, Development and Programs, LADWP


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Los Angeles - A Global Energy Pioneer

August 6, 2021

“Not only are we doing right by Angelinos by leading the charge and really making sure that we are ushering in a clean and reliable and affordable energy system but we know that what we do in LA has reverberations way beyond our border.” Lauren Faber O'Connor, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Los Angeles


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California Braces for Fire, Massive Storage Deployments

July 26, 2021

“There’s just no way we’re going to be able to meet our clean energy objectives reliably without additional transmission resource diversification.” Elliot Mainzer, President and CEO, California Independent System Operator


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Securing the Grid, Addressing Energy Poverty at USEA

July 9, 2021

“Cybersecurity and security in general of the grid… are the key issues of the day and extremely worrisome.” Sheila Hollis, Acting Executive Director, United States Energy Association


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Surging EVs and An Ongoing Fire Threat - San Diego Utility Responds

June 24, 2021

“The holy grail is really long-duration energy storage that can really provide backup power during extended power outages and help to synchronize the supply and demand across the seasons.” Caroline Winn, CEO, San Diego Gas & Electric


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Massive Puerto Rico Grid Modernization Underway

June 4, 2021

“We will be administering the deployment of the FEMA funding to rebuild what is desperately needed here in Puerto Rico in terms of a badly dilapidated and damaged … transmission and distribution …” Wayne Stensby, President and CEO, LUMA Energy


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Hawaii All-in on Solar - Goes Big on EVs

May 24, 2021

“We have to get ready for a lot more provision of electricity because we’ll be providing electricity not to just the normal parts of the economy - but now if transportation starts switching over to use electricity as a fuel, we’ll have to be prepared to provide that as well.” Connie Lau, President and CEO, Hawaiian Electric Industries


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Renewables Land in Midwest - MISO Ready

May 6, 2021

“We are going to need some significant transmission changes… to make sure that we can move the wind and solar around so they don’t have to curtail it when we don’t have enough load to absorb it in the regions that it’s in.” John Bear, CEO, MISO


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Colorado Aims for a Million EVs

April 22, 2021

“It is a big target and a goal but it’s one that we’re really excited about taking on.” Alice Jackson, President, Xcel Energy Colorado


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Lesson of the Winter Power Collapse

April 1, 2021

“We would be naive to think that won't happen again.” Barbara Sugg, President and CEO, Southwest Power Pool


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Diving into the Texas Grid Collapse

March 16, 2021

“You should never ever have a system designed where there is a single point of catastrophic failure.” Ken Melock, Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies at Rice University


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Electrification 2030 for the Empire State - Going Big on Offshore Wind

March 2, 2021

“The two big issues that we need to think about are resiliency, and cyber risk and physical security risk.” Gil Quiniones


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The ABCs of Electrification - Exelon Evolves in Atlantic City, Baltimore, Chicago and Beyond

February 15, 2021

“The utilities are going to be critical as we move into this new era of the energy company of the future.” Calvin Butler Jr., CEO Exelon Utilities


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Transcending Success – Southern Company’s Tom Fanning

January 29, 2021

“One of the greatest harbingers of future failure is past success.” Tom Fanning, Chairman, President and CEO of Southern Company


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The Googlization of Electricity

January 13, 2021

“We now want to have carbon-free energy every hour of every day everywhere at all times by 2030.” Raiford Smith, Energy, Analytics, and Markets Lead, Google


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Texas Wind - The ERCOT Story

January 4, 2021

“It’s affected most every part of our planning and our operations to try to manage these different sorts of resources because they do behave really differently on the system.” Bill Mangess, President and CEO, ERCOT


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Leading Puerto Rico to Electric Resilience

December 15, 2020

“It takes investments, and it takes systems, and it takes a methodical approach, but it is absolutely possible.” Wayne Stensby, President and CEO, Luma Energy


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Pivotal Energy Research Ahead - New Leader at EPRI

December 2020

“The next decade could be the most pivotal decade for the energy industry.” Arshad Mansoor, President and CEO, EPRI


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Lights On, Puerto Rico! David Owens’ Career Capstone

November 2020

“This is really about the future of Puerto Rico. This is about bringing jobs back to Puerto Rico, enhancing economic development, re-establishing businesses in Puerto Rico, getting Puerto Ricans employed.” David Owens, Vice-Chair, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority


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Buildout of the Digital Grid - CenterPoint's Leading Edge

October 2020

“The wholesale market is competitive, and the retail market is competitive, and so many entities can participate and it enables the real evolution of technology to come to the forefront and we make investments across the supply chain.” Kenny Mercado, Senior Vice President of Electric Operations, CenterPoint Energy

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