Looking Ahead to Next Decade of Grid Modernization, Empowered by Awareness, Analytics and AI

In this article, Grid Forward staff proposes some grid modernization trends (below) that build on the progress of the energy transitions that accelerated in the 2010s. Which ones do you think are most likely, or least likely? Are there any other trends you think are important enough for a “top 10” list for the 2020s? Take this short survey and share your opinion - we’ll wrap it all up in an article next month. Thanks for sharing your opinions!

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* 1. Telemetry around situational awareness will be pervasive at the generation and transmission level and many parts of the distribution system

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* 2. Analytics will become actionable for a number of use cases such as improved outage management, optimized DER integration, targeted customer experiences and much more

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* 3. Cloud use will dramatically accelerate for grid operators and energy stakeholders

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* 4. Applications built on platforms to provide services for energy users will dwarf our understanding of value we can provide now

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* 5. Grid edge assets and electrified transportation will accelerate drastically and will be clearly accessible for grid services in aggregated form (in all market structures)

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* 6. Regionalization will provide deep value as local clean and distributed resources develop

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* 7. Time and locational considerations will be a main factor in all major infrastructure investments

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* 8. Performance based regulation will be a key to significantly accelerating growth of a number of effective solutions for managing an efficient grid

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* 9. Utilities will find pathways to make meaningful and regular resiliency investments, even in traditionally regulated markets structures

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* 10. Distribution utilities will be offering a diversity of services beyond the standard sale of kWh, even in traditionally regulated market structures

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