PARTING THOUGHTS

TALK

“We expect to meet nearly 45 percent of our retail customers’ energy needs through noncarbon emitting resources in the coming years.”

– Terry Bassham, CEO of Great Plains Energy (parent of KCP&L) during recent earnings call.

“The electric power industry is one of the great American success stories and provides high-quality jobs that empower our nation’s economic growth. Behind every wall outlet or light switch, there is a dedicated workforce focused on powering the lives of millions of Americans who rely on electricity for nearly everything they do.”

– Michael J. Bradley, whose company MJ Bradley & Associates did a report indicating that the electric power sector employs close to 2.7 million people and accounts for close to one-fifth of the nation’s gross domestic product.

“Energy storage has the opportunity to be at the center of this evolution, becoming the hub for a more resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable grid. What could be more exciting than that, at a time like this?”

– Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of Energy Storage Association

“The Department of Energy should launch a program to manufacture and deploy flexible and transportable three-phase recovery transformer sets that can be prepositioned around the country.”

– National Academies, “Enhancing the Resiliency of the Nation’s Electricity System”

TRENDS

“Indeed, millennials are far more likely than non-millennials to have been in contact with their electricity provider within the last six months. Millennials prefer digital communication (59 percent have used this channel in the last six months) but they will also leverage telephone and in-person contact. They want their interaction to be easy, so they will decide in the moment which channel is most convenient.”

– Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, “Spotlight on Millennials” report

“Energy utilities possess a physical network with a ubiquitous footprint underpinned by a data control network. Most smart city visions call for one or both of these network capabilities.”

– ScottMadden, “The Smart City Opportunity for Utilities”

TWEETS

“Duke Energy bringing smart meters to Kentucky customers, giving them more energy use control & bill payment options”

– @DukeEnergy

“82,848 #EnergyEfficiency jobs in MA alone! Do you know how many EE jobs are in your state? The answer might surprise you #cleanjobsamerica”

– @EfficiencyJobs

“#Microgrid Islanding: S&C and Ameren show how it works at Illinois microgrid”

– @SandC_US (S&C Electric)

“#Utilities and grid firms like @AVANGRID @Exelon @insideFPL stepping up with money & manpower vs. Harvey: http://bit.ly/2vF5DbA”

– @rodwaltonelp

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The Clarion Energy Content Team is made up of editors from various publications, including POWERGRID International, Power Engineering, Renewable Energy World, Hydro Review, Smart Energy International, and Power Engineering International. Contact the content lead for this publication at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com.

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