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Feds Aim to Speed Approval of Infrastructure

April 28, 2022

“I want to make sure that we’re putting boots on the ground—that we have the construction workers who are there and actually making the infrastructure happen.” Christine Harada, Executive Director, Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council


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ComEd Pursues Equity as it Decarbonizes

April 20, 2022

“We want to make sure that we’re putting our customers at the center of this transition.” Gil Quiniones, CEO, ComEd


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Massive Federal Transmission Rebuild Funds Will Soon Flow to Projects

April 8, 2022

“I would love to see it this calendar year.” Michelle Manary, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Energy Resilience Division, Office of Electricity, Department of Energy


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Midwest, West Ready for Major Federal Grid Upgrades

March 2, 2022

“As a new administrator, folks often ask me what keeps me up at night and I often have responded with weather. Weather keeps me up at night.” Tracey LeBeau, Administrator and CEO, Western Area Power Administration (WAPA)


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Reimagining, Rebuilding the Grid - EPRI’s Take

February 11, 2022

“We have the opportunity and to build new transmission lines and not build them to the same specs and standards that we used in the ‘80s and ‘70s but to think of new ways of doing it that have higher power flow, higher reliability, and are more compatible with the environment.” Andrew Phillips, Vice President of Transmission and Distribution Infrastructure for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)


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Grid Heads to New Era Via Infrastructure Spend

February 3, 2022

“If we can integrate around that triangle: technology, policy, and finance; if we can find more common ground than we are finding to date, I think we’ve got a real chance to do well and to do good in clean energy and have a real shot at successfully addressing the climate crisis.” Dan Reicher, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy and Google Director of Energy and Climate Change


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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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