A microgrid wishlist for 2013

Green Tech Media’s Katherine Tweed has compiled a “Smart Grid Wish List” for the coming year. Three highlights of Tweed’s article are:

Regulatory Innovation At conference after conference, there’s a serious conversation about moving utilities into the 21stcentury. Year after year, there is a nebulous agreement that regulation -- which varies across the 50 states -- needs to change too.

In fact, the entire issue of how investment is recovered, and how benefits are calculated, is sorely in need of innovation. Whether it’s more favorable treatment for ongoing services such as cloud-based solutions that can reduce operating costs or integrating societal benefits into smart grid investments, there are a lot of areas to improve.

We’re wishing for some out-of-the-box thinking from at least a few state regulators in 2013, but we’re not holding our breath.

Advanced Outage Management October snowstorms, derechos, hurricanes, superstorms, hot summers -- the list of weather-related grid strains seems to only increase in scope with each passing season.

One solution is just some old-fashioned grid management, like trimming trees around wires.

But with two-way digital communications and increasingly sophisticated smart grids, there are glimpses into the future, and it brings more sophistication to outage management than has ever been available in the past.

At the very least, we hope to hear more stories in the new year of how smart grid investments reduced outage times, or prevented them all together.

Cyber Security We are wishing that 2013 isn’t the year where it takes a major attack for this to happen.

To read the entire list, visit: http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/top-10-2013-smart-grid-wish-list