Welcome to the inaugural edition of The GridWise Wire, a monthly transmission on grid modernization distributed by GridWise Alliance. We will use this space to update you on the activities of GridWise Alliance and our efforts in the industry to modernize the grid.
A Turning Point for the Electric Grid--Podcast Discussion
GridWise Alliance CEO, Karen Wayland, recently sat down with The Optimistic Outlook podcast host and Siemens USA CEO, Barbara Humpton, to discuss the future of grid modernization in the United States, including the role of local communities in that effort.

"I don't think we'll ever get to a point where we live without power outages. So what we need to make sure is that it isn't just about keeping the lights on all of the time, but that we're building resilience into the community as well. I think that's what's really important about the federal funding--it's that some of the money will go to utilities and some of the money will go to local communities who can address their needs."
Letter to the Secretary of Energy on Distribution Transformers Supply Chain
GridWise Alliance recently joined with a coalition of grid industry stakeholders (NEMA, EEI, NRECA, APPA, NAHB, and LBA) to write a letter to Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm, urging the Department of Energy (DOE) to reconsider draft energy efficiency standards for distribution transformers that the DOE released in January. 

Our letter argues that the proposed standards would exacerbate the already severe shortage of transformers, while only resulting in a tiny increase in efficiency.
Monthly Member Highlight

The Climate Champions Podcast

Lee Krevat, CEO of Krevat Energy Innovations, climate change advocate, and former GridWise Alliance board member, is the host of The Climate Champions podcast where he and his guests discuss various issues related to climate change, including grid modernization.

Listen to the “Grid Champion on the Hot Seat episode when Krevat welcomed Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-20) to the podcast for an engaging and informative discussion on climate, technology, and innovation which was recorded during GridCONNEXT®2022 in December.
Resources on Grid Modernization Technologies
GridWise Alliance has launched a series of issue papers on the technologies that support grid modernization. Click on the links below to read the first two publications in this ongoing series:

  • Grid Technologies to Support FERC Order 2222 (Coming in March 2023!)
Upcoming Grid Modernization Events
February 28

February 28–March 1
  • February 28 at 2:00 PM ET: GridWise Alliance CEO Karen Wayland will moderate the session "Status & Update: Generator Interconnection Queue and System Studies."
April 10-13
  • April 11 at 1:00 PM PT: GridWise Alliance CEO Karen Wayland will participate in the panel discussion "Enhancing the Grid: Technology, Policies, and Incentives."
Mark Your Calendars for gridCONNEXT® 2023
Dec 5 - 6, 2023|Convene| Washington, DC
About GridWise Alliance:
The GridWise Alliance leads a diverse membership of electricity industry stakeholders focused on accelerating innovation that delivers a more secure, reliable, resilient, and affordable grid to support decarbonization of the U.S. economy. For more information about the GridWise Alliance, visit: www.gridwise.org.