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Importance of a Distribution Management System (DMS) in Grid Modernization

Argonne National Laboratory - Energy Division, just released a white paper on the importance of a distribution management system (DMS) as part of the advanced distribution management systems for grid modernization. Grid modernization is transforming the operation and management of electric distribution systems from manual, paper-driven business … [Read more...]

Will New Hampshire be the Next to Pursue Microgrids in the Northeast?

New Hampshire may soon be charting a course toward electric grid modernization – and microgrids – if it follows the advice in a 10-year energy strategy issued by the state Office of Energy & Planning. The advisory agency recently recommended that the Public Utilities Commission investigate grid modernization, in keeping with similar action … [Read more...]

What Will the 21st Century Grid Look Like?

We cannot run a 21st century grid with 1950s technologies, fuel sources and practices. The good news is steps are being taken to usher in the new grid, says Carl Zichella, NRDC's director for western transmission, in this guest blog post. It seems everyone involved with renewable energy and climate change is asking the same question these days.  … [Read more...]

Massachusetts and Microgrids: “Going Backwards Is Not an Option”

Ann Berwick makes clear that big change is afoot when asked about Massachusetts and microgrids. The chair of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities says that utilities better prepare as the new world of distributed energy emerges. Unless they find new ways to make money, “somebody is going to supplant them," she … [Read more...]