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The Grid in the Infrastructure Package – What’s In, What’s Out, What’s Next

By now you are well aware that the U.S. Senate has passed a mammoth $1.2T bill investing in infrastructure. You may even know that the energy investments were around $100B – a lot of funds...
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Senate Passes Package that Supports Significant Investments in the Grid

The Baton is Now Over to House & Stage Set for $198B Energy Investments in Reconciliation Package  This week the U.S. Senate voted 69-30 to approve a $1.2 trillion down payment in the future of...
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Grid Forward Reveals Winners of 2021 Grid Innovator Awards at Virtual Annual Meeting

E Source, Snohomish PUD and Carl Imhoff are recognized for their industry-defining contributions to modernizing the electric grid. June 10, 2021 –Grid Forward announced the winners of the 2021 Grid Innovator Awards during its Annual Member...
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“A Framework to Replicate” – A Perspective on Hawaii’s PBR

This month Grid Forward hosted a “networking social” discussion with Hawaii PUC Commissioner Jennifer Potter to get her insights into the recent Phase II order for performance-based regulation (PBR). As Hawaii transitions from the cost...
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Comprehensive Planning: Two Steps Forward from NARUC and NASEO

To identify key innovations to state’s electricity planning, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) formed the Task Force on Comprehensive Electricity Planning. The Task Force has now released...
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Congress Agrees to Sweeping COVID Relief and Government Funding Package, Including American Energy Innovation Act

This post originally appeared as a message to the Grid Forward community. It’s been a long time since the U.S. Congress has updated any significant energy legislation. Yesterday, as a part of the coronavirus relief...
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Grid Forward Town Hall Explores 2021 Opportunities For Grid Modernization

By guest contributor Surj Patel – The year 2020 brought us unprecedented challenges from COVID-19, record-breaking wildfires across the west, civil and social unrest and a hotly contested national election. With the transition to a...
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Electric Mobility for All: Equity Best Practices for E-Mobility Planning

The shift toward e-mobility presents a unique opportunity to address transportation inequities that have long plagued underinvested neighborhoods. Guidehouse reports on how the topic unfolded at GridFWD 2020.
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Virtual Roundtable Examines Maximizing the Value from AMI deployments

On Thursday September 3rd, Grid Forward hosted its sixth Virtual Utility Roundtable, during which utility leaders met to share information about their AMI deployment plans and to discuss strategies for maximizing the value from these...
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Grid Forward Announces Winners of First Grid Innovator Awards

Uplight, Portland General Electric and Terry Oliver are recognized for their industry-defining contributions to modernizing the electric grid. August 20,2020 – As part of its 10-year anniversary celebration, Grid Forward announced the winners of the...
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Latest Roundtable: Portland General Builds Flexible Load Via Demand Response and Transportation Electrification

Larry Bekkedahl, VP, Grid Architecture at Portland General Electric, gave an update on on the utility’s transportation electrification plans, as well as its recent demand response event, during Grid Forward’s fifth Virtual Utility Roundtable. The...
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Virtual Utility Roundtable Explores COVID-19 Impact to Capital Projects and Grid Modernization Investments

On Thursday June 4th, Grid Forward hosted its fourth Virtual Utility Roundtable, in which a group of members and advisors looked forward to the future by exploring the impact of COVID-19 on grid modernization investments...
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Scoping COVID-19 Impacts on Forecasting and Planning in 3rd Virtual Utility Roundtable

On Thursday May 14 Grid Forward hosted its third Virtual Utility Roundtable to continue the assessment of the ongoing impacts on the grid from COVID-19.  The discussion for this roundtable focused on adjusted forecasts and...
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Grid Forward’s 2nd Virtual Utility Roundtable Sees Load Shifts in AMI Data

Grid Forward hosted its second Virtual Utility Roundtable of local and national leaders to see first-hand data on the impacts on the grid from COVID-19 and the implications to dispatch order, revenue loss, wholesale market...
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First Virtual Utility Roundtable Assesses Initial Load Shape Impacts from COVID-19

Our regional power system is operating in uncharted territory, in real time, due to the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. On Thursday April 16, GridForward hosted a Virtual Roundtable of local and national leaders to...
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