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Grid Architecture of the Future

What kind of grid architecture and markets will we need in order to actually operate the distributed, decentralized grid of the future? What sorts of regulatory models will be needed? And what does it all mean, from a philosophical point of view, about how human society is organized? How can mere mortals begin to understand these subjects? Never fear: We’ve got you covered, in this ultra-geeky yet accessible episode.

Geek rating: 11

Guest: Lorenzo Kristov, Principal, Market and Infrastructure Policy with the California Independent System Operator, or CAISO

On the Web: LinkedIn

Taping date: February 5, 2016


Lorenzo Kristov, Paul De Martini, Jeffrey D. Taft, IEEE Power and Energy Magazine: “Two Visions of a Transactive Electric System” (Jan 15, 2016)

Paul De Martini, Lorenzo Kristov, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory:Distribution Systems in a High Distributed Energy Resources Future” (October 2015)

Lorenzo Kristov:The Future History of Tomorrow’s Energy Network” (May 2015)

Christopher Clack, et al.:Future cost-competitive electricity systems and their impact on US CO2 emissions?” (January 25, 2016)

Christopher Clack:The cheapest way to scale up wind and solar energy? High-tech power lines” (January 27, 2016)

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Telegraph: “Oil market spiral threatens to prick global debt bubble, warns BIS” (February 5, 2016)

Herman Trabish, Utility Dive: “Kauai co-op integrates over 70% solar, 90% renewables four times in January” (February 4, 2016)

Ben Geman, National Journal: “The Importance of Obama’s Doomed Oil-Tax Plan” February 5, 2016

Christian Roselund, PV Magazine: “U.S. Senators move to preserve solar net metering through energy bill amendment” February 3, 2016

Younicos press release: “Younicos: Europe’s First Commercial Battery Will Also Provide Black Start Capability” (January 27, 2016)

Chris Nelder:Why baseload power is doomed” (March 28, 2012)

Chris Nelder: Designing the grid for renewables” (October 3, 2012)

Chris Nelder: The next big utility transformation” (April 17, 2013)

Mark Lakeman:Badass democracy – reclaiming the public commons” (May 18, 2014)

Image credit: Picture of a local microgrid, the Sendai Microgrid, located on the campus of Tohoku Fukushi University in Sendai City in the Tohoku district in Japan. Public Domain

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