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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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Early Indications of the ‘New Normal’ in the Grid Forward Community

by Bryce Yonker, Executive Director, Grid Forward We have talked with nearly half of our members one-to-one in the days since the COVID-19 virus has really shut down work as usual. While each organization is...
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GridMod 2020 Part 2: Looking Ahead to the Next Decade of Grid Modernization Empowered by Awareness, Analytics and AI

The Grid Forward organization was formerly launched in June of 2019, but our roots go back to 2010, when a group of forward-looking energy experts banded around the name “Smart Grid Oregon.” Now we look...
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GridMod 2020 Part 1: How Far Has the Smart Grid Come Since 2010?

In a world of synchrophasors, auto reclosers, and volt-var optimization, you may ask, “What do customers have to do with grid modernization?” The reality is that modernization of the electric grid, and transformation of the...
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National Progress on Grid Modernization: Grid Forward Visits Capital Hill

In a world of synchrophasors, auto reclosers, and volt-var optimization, you may ask, “What do customers have to do with grid modernization?” The reality is that modernization of the electric grid, and transformation of the...
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Embracing the Voice of the Customer

In a world of synchrophasors, auto reclosers, and volt-var optimization, you may ask, “What do customers have to do with grid modernization?” The reality is that modernization of the electric grid, and transformation of the...
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Leverage Data, Take Risks, Collaborate – part 2

Grid modernization discussions often focus on the promise of new technologies such as analytics or energy storage. But the second session of the Grid Forward Accelerating Grid Innovation Summit proved that technological innovation actually occurs...
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Leverage Data, Take Risks, Collaborate

Grid modernization discussions often focus on the promise of new technologies such as analytics or energy storage. But the second session of the Grid Forward Accelerating Grid Innovation Summit proved that technological innovation actually occurs...
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