Welcome to Beyond the Electron: The Energy Cloud podcast series.
For more than a century, the system for generating and delivering electricity to homes and businesses has followed a one-way hub-and-spoke model. But that traditional approach of generating electricity at large power plants and delivering it long distances to customers is quickly giving way to a much more dynamic, sustainable and customer-centric model.
Check out the podcast episodes below.⬆
- Ep. 4 Neural Grid and the Internet of Energy
- Ep. 3 The Foundation of Our Distributed Energy Future
- Ep. 2 What Makes a City Smart?
- Ep. 1 What's Driving the Energy Cloud Transformation?
Neural Grid and the Internet of Energy
As the energy system evolves to become cleaner and more distributed, there is an increased demand for better communication to ensure the grid remains as reliable as it has always been. It’s already happening, and the technologies and flows of information are referred to as the Neural Grid. Navigant Consulting’s Mike Bianco and PSEG’s Joseph Santamaria join us to explain why improved communication is so vital to the transformation of the energy system and why it’s every bit as important as advances in solar, wind and storage technologies.
The Foundation of Our Distributed Energy Future
Clean, distributed energy resources, or DERs, are rapidly transforming our power system. But how all of those solar systems, batteries and other DERs will be integrated matters. Raghu Sudhakara from New York’s Con Edison and Navigant Consulting’s Ted Walker join us to explain what integrated distributed energy resources, or iDER, means and why it’s so important for utilities to stay focused on delighting their customers.
What Makes a City Smart?
The answers are as varied as the hundreds of cities around the globe pursuing smart city efforts. Jerome Davis and Nadia El Mallakh from Xcel Energy give us the view from Denver, while Navigant Consulting’s Rob Wilhite provides the broader perspective. One lesson: It helps when city stakeholders and utilities work together.
What's Driving the Energy Cloud Transformation?
In the first episode of the series, industry leaders from Green Mountain Power and Navigant take an in-depth look at the rapid transformation of the global energy system. They discuss why they see the changes happening in the industry as a consumer-led revolution and the value in becoming “obsessed” with your customers.