Portland General Electric has a long history of innovation with its grid operations and community engagement. Listen to CEO Maria Pope discuss their priorities as they keep customers at the core while ensuring financial stability and putting their innovative thinking into practice. Maria covers topics announced just before the session recording including: Portland General’s new program for 500 customers to install at-home storage; how their three-substation smart grid test bed has reached 56% of customer participation with some flexible load management; projects with regional stakeholders to optimize renewable energy resources; and how they stood at the center of support of the recently passed House bill on transportation electrification support. While the health and economic crises have affected capital expenditures and operating expenses, hear how Portland General remains dedicated to having a clean, resilient system that meets the needs of the customers and communities they serve. Produced by Grid Forward.
Uplight merged not two but six companies in 2019. We check in with Justin Segall, founder of Simple Energy and now Chief Strategy Officer of Uplight on how all those parts are now working fully together. With the deep insights Uplight has about energy customers, we delve into how end users are doing through the pandemic, how demand side programs continue to provide grid value (and are more easily accessed) for customers, why scale matters, where innovation plays a role ahead, and more. Produced by Grid Forward.
The Seattle area was one of the earliest communities to have to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. We talk with Debra Smith, CEO and general manager of Seattle City Light, about the work that utility is doing to take care of its customers, how it is positioning its system for future grid modernization efforts, how electrification efforts may be impacted, the role that resiliency will play ahead, and much more. Produced by Grid Forward.
Hawaii has been leading the country with a charge toward a clean energy future. How are the regulatory and business model elements of the electric grid in the state holding up in the face of the fallout from the global health crisis? Does the economic impacts of managing COVID complicate various efforts in motion there now? We chat with HI PUC Commissioner Jennie Potter about issues to ensure that grid systems effectively accommodate the Aloha State’s ambitious energy transition. The lessons are quite applicable far beyond the island state. Produced by Grid Forward.
Diving into the depths of regulatory and business models updates isn’t easy in ordinary times but in this session we get deep into the issues as it pertains to electric grid regulatory structure and evolution of associated models during the times of unprecedented impacts of the COVID crisis and recovery. Does performance-based regulation provide a good pathway now? How can utilities stay whole in these times? How can customers be protected from upward rate pressure? We dive deep into these areas and more in this Grid Forward chat with Matthew McDonnell, Consulting Director at Strategen. Produced by Grid Forward.