Grid Forward Chats
Planning Resources for Transportation Electrification in California

Planning Resources for Transportation Electrification in California

June 20, 2022

In quarter one of 2022, 16% of all new car sales were zero-emission vehicles. On this episode, California Public Utilities Commissioner Clifford Rechtschaffen and California Energy Commissioner Siva Gunda discuss the adoption of electric vehicles in California and the innovation needed for the electric grid to handle the increase in load. The commissioners also discuss four compounding challenges that the grid is facing: climate change, rapid decarbonization, changing energy sources and reckoning with equity and social justice. How can all of these challenges be solved? Only through cooperation, coordination and consensus among industry leaders.

Episode 6, Season 3 — Are we Investing Enough in The Grid

Episode 6, Season 3 — Are we Investing Enough in The Grid

June 10, 2022
The landscape of energy is changing rapidly. Are the investments being made today enough to meet needs we put on our grid?
 
On this episode of Grid Forward Chats, Gary Rackliffe, VP market development and innovation at Hitachi Energy, and Sanjeet Sanghera, head of grids and utilities at BloombergNEF, discuss the need to invest dollars into the electric system today to prepare for future demand. They also talk about centralized versus distributed generation, policies and structures that may hinder investments, the electrification of transportation and the government's role in expanding advanced grid capabilities.
 
This episode was recorded LIVE at DistribuTECH 2022 in Dallas. 
Episode 5, Season 3 – Modernizing the Grid after the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021

Episode 5, Season 3 – Modernizing the Grid after the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021

May 26, 2022

"Energy is good." This has been U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's motto when it comes to energy policy. Murkowski's priority is to ensure that the energy sector can keep up with the changes and challenges our country is facing. In this episode, the Senator discusses the Energy Act of 2020, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021, grid modernization and the benefits of bipartisan work on energy policy for Americans.

Ep 3-4 How Can we Keep Pace with the Rate of Grid Transition

Ep 3-4 How Can we Keep Pace with the Rate of Grid Transition

May 12, 2022

To close the live GridFWD event April 20th in Seattle, Snohomish County PUD General Manager John Haarlow and Chief Policy Officer of Sunrun Ann Hoskins chat with Bryce. They cover wide ranging topics to examine the rate of the change on the grid, the dynamics driving those changes, barriers to overcome key obstacles, and then a listing of the solutions that need to develop and scale. You can feel the energy in the room being back together again at the packed gathering, listen into our first live edition of Grid Forward Chats. On demand recordings of a dozen sessions from the event are available -- contact gerard@gridforward.org 

Ep 3-3 Grid Transformation in a Deregulated Energy Market

Ep 3-3 Grid Transformation in a Deregulated Energy Market

April 22, 2022

ENMAX, one of the leading grid operators in Alberta, is leaning into the transformation of their energy system and the acceleration of innovation. Our advisor Mischa Steiner of Awesense chats with Jana Mosley President of ENMAX Power. They discuss the dynamics of grid needs in the pandemic and fluctuating energy markets, trends in decarbonization, culture and talent needs in the industry, and how the grid capabilities advance to meet the requirements that customers have for their energy service.

Ep 3-2 Microgrids Around The World Are Changing The Power Grid

Ep 3-2 Microgrids Around The World Are Changing The Power Grid

March 23, 2022
Guest host Cameron Brooks a friend of Grid Forward who runs Think Microgrid talks with Terry Mohn of General Microgrids and Hamideh Bitaraf of Hitachi Energy. Terry and Hamideh bring their hands-on experience with many of the leading microgrid deployments sharing insights on what is driving the dynamics for microgrid expansion worldwide. They touch on specific examples around the globe, share perspectives on policy and market dynamics, and highlight what is driving them personally to be a part of the exciting developments as microgrids become increasingly mainstream. 
 
Ep 3-1Trends in Grid Innovation Investments with Hans Kobler of Energy Impact Partners

Ep 3-1Trends in Grid Innovation Investments with Hans Kobler of Energy Impact Partners

February 15, 2022

Season III of Grid Forward Chats kicks off with Energy Impact Partners' (EIP) Managing Partner and Founder Hans Kobler. 2021 was a banner year for grid and energy venture investments. Hans shares perspectives about the landscape for fund raising by grid innovation companies which seem poised for strong continued activity after reaching record levels. EIP recently raised a $1B fund which in just a few months has already committed to about 70% of its investments. Our series sponsor for Grid Forward Chats is Itron. To learn more about about building tomorrow’s active grid visit them at www.itron.com

Ep 2-17 DOE is Serious about Advancing the Grid with David Turk

Ep 2-17 DOE is Serious about Advancing the Grid with David Turk

December 2, 2021

The U.S. Department of Energy has been active and busy rolling up its sleeves to engage topics for advancing capabilities of the grid. The recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (bipartisan infrastructure bill) will certainly only accelerate this work. From advanced tools for grid simulation and modeling for national resiliency to new competitions for energy storage and planning for transmission corridors, the diversity of work aligns to the complex needs of the electric grid. The Deputy Secretary will share about initiatives and priorities at the agency and how industry can engage with and benefit from the work that DOE is embarking upon. 

Ep 2-16 Energy in Motion in Europe: Markets, Transition, & Recovery with Laurent Segalen

Ep 2-16 Energy in Motion in Europe: Markets, Transition, & Recovery with Laurent Segalen

December 2, 2021

Europe has been quite active with regards to energy of late. Natural gas and other energy-related prices have been quite volatile. The green energy recovery strategy is unfolding but within a complex pandemic backdrop. The energy transition continues, although with some bumps in the road. The UK finished its Brexit and wrapped up hosting COP26 last week. Germany has a new Prime Minister. Did we say it’s been busy? Laurent Segalen is an investor in the energy transition who co-hosts the podcast Redefining Energy and will help us understand some of the complexity around energy and grid issues in motion in Europe. 

Ep 2-15 Long-Duration Energy Storage Goes Public at ESS

Ep 2-15 Long-Duration Energy Storage Goes Public at ESS

November 4, 2021
ESS Inc. recently went public, raising over $300 million to scale its long-duration iron flow battery technology in the market. We talk with ESS CEO Eric Dresselhuys about the energy transition and the role of long-duration energy storage and grid flexible resources. What does this mean internationally, for the U.S., regionally, and specifically for customers buying batteries — we cover it all. We dive into value streams of energy storage, energy storage’s role in grid resiliency, market structure and dynamics, the talent pipeline, and more. 
 
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