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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 1, 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 13, 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 16, 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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Grid Evolution, Northwest Style

September 30, 2020

“The entire West is concerned about the ability to meet peak. Within the Pacific Northwest, that concern has, for a number of years, been more acute, but for us the arrow has been at red really going back to our 2015 electric supply plan.” Bob Rowe, President and CEO, NorthWest Energy


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Transmission Challenges in a Carbon-Free World

September 11, 2020

“There's an opportunity for the right investments, the right construction, and the ability to work towards...a carbon-free or reduced-carbon future.” Mark Gabriel, CEO and Administrator, Western Area Power Administration


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Grid Gets Artificially Intelligent

August 31, 2020

“You want to be able to demonstrate the impact to the customer and have their voices reflected in what you’re doing.” Vivian Bouet, Chief Information Officer, CPS Energy


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Annapolis Pilots Efficiency

August 10, 2020

“The technology can be brilliant. It can be leading edge. It can be amazing, but if no one actually uses it, then it doesn't really matter. We're trying to balance that leading-edge tech with leading-edge community engagement.” Sam duPont, Principal of Strategic Programs, Baltimore Gas and Electric


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Xcel Excels in Carbon Slash, Microgrid Boost

July 29, 2020

“The technologies that I think about to get that last 20% out are things like the hydrogen-- development of hydrogen fuel as well as storage, advanced nuclear, carbon capture, dispatchable renewable generation, and of course additional storage and demand side management type opportunities.” Ben Fowke, Chairman and CEO, Xcel Energy


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Duquesne Light’s Industrial Midwest

July 17, 2020

“We're going to serve customers safely, reliably every day with the power they need but do it in very different ways, in ways where customers are not just flipping a switch on and not thinking about where their power comes from but are focused and concerned about their environmental footprint, the resiliency of their system, maybe their self-sufficiency” Steve Malnight, President and CEO, Duquesne Light Holdings and Duquesne Light Company


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Austin Energy Accelerates Green Goals

June 30, 2020

“We've got batteries that are tied to large-scale grids. We have the ability to reduce, significantly reduce load off the system at the grid level.” Thomas Pierpoint, Vice President of Electric System Engineering and Technical Services, Austin Energy


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Rural Colorado Pioneers Affordable, Green Homes

June 16, 2020

“We can have all the best technology in the world, but it we don’t deploy it in a a way that's of benefit to the customer… (it) isn’t going to get us anywhere.” Bryan Hannegan, President and CEO, Holy Cross Energy


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Grid Wards off Threats, Rapidly Evolves

June 2, 2020

“We have a real opportunity here to really integrate kind of how the grid is planned, how it's operated, and how it's secured as we go through this reinvention process.” Jim Robb, President and CEO, North American Electric Reliability Corporation


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Michigan Utility’s Sparkling Efficiency Gains

May 19, 2020

“We can optimize each individual home's footprint and therefore optimize the grid, optimize the demand curve for the whole state and reduce the peak which prevents the need to build replacement power plants for the coal plants that we're closing.” Patti Poppe, President and CEO, CMS Energy


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California Utility’s Big Pivot in Tumultuous Times

April 2020

“Our longer-term strategy is to build a resilient grid that can provide more and more energy that fuels the economy and the society that we live in.” Drew Murphy, Senior Vice President, Edison International

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Smart Grid in the Age of Corona

April 2020

“What smart meters have done is taken essentially a big meter reading contingent for us off of the street. They've been redeployed as linemen and elsewhere through the company. If you can imagine 10 million meters that need to be read once every month, our employees were literally touching every home, every business in the service territory on a monthly basis.” Joe Svachula and Eric Helt, Exelon Utilities

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