Parting Thoughts

“Battery storage, I’m on the record, that is the holy grail.”

—Energy Secretary Rick Perry during a Senate Appropriations hearing. He was grilled on that statement because the Department of Energy’s budget request called for sizable cuts to energy storage funding.

“You get used to it. The sun comes out eventually.” —Puerto Rico restaurant owner Manolo Piqueres, commenting about yet another outage that knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of islanders in April

“Co-ops are ready to be strategic partners in the effort to close the digital divide in rural America.”—Jim Matheson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, during a rural broadband conference at the U.S. Department of Agriculture

“The utility of the future will still do the same thing—manage assets, deliver electricity”—but will do it differently. The utility of the future will move from energy provider to platform optimizer.” —GregoryBolino, managing director, Utilities Strategies North America, Accenture, featured speaker at the opening session of IEEE PES T&D Conference and Exposition

“”unbeknownst to many who care about climate change, most of the progress made to date through renewables is at significant risk due to the loss or potential loss of more than 228,000 GWh of nuclear carbon-free generation.” —ScottMadden: “While you were Sleeping: The Unnoticed Loss of Carbon-Free Generation in the United States”

“Operating wind power capacity grew 9 percent last year. The installation of 7,017 MW of wind in 2017 brings total U.S. installed wind power capacity to 88,973 MW; that’s just under 54,000 wind turbines operating in 41 states, Guam and Puerto Rico—enough installed capacity to power a record 27 million American homes.” —American Wind Energy Association’s U.S. Wind Industry Market Report 2017

“25 percent of C&I companies experienced a power outage at least once a month, and 86 percent of C&I respondents have experienced at least one power outage in the last 12 months.” —S&C Electric Co.’s first “State of Commercial & Industrial Power Reliability” Report, conducted in collaboration with Frost & Sullivan, facilities and energy managers of commercial and industrial (C&I) businesses across the United States were surveyed.

“It’s not enough to produce #energy, it’s also to digitally link production, #distribution and consumption” says Siemens MBM @NeikeCedrik at #betd2018 #UnlockThePotential #DigtitalTransformation #FutureOfEnergy

—@_sabrina_martin (global spokeswoman for Siemens Energy Management)

“We are proud of our #FLPublicPower lineworkers and appreciate all they do to keep our communities powered. Let’s all take a moment to #ThankALineman online or in person. #PublicPower”

—@flpublicpower (Florida Public Power,
in honor of National Lineman Appreciation Day, April 18)

“.@XcelEnergyCO Alice Jackson speaking @ieee_pes says there’s a difference between “can you and should you” when considering grid technology investments, particularly transactive energy systems.”
—@HansenTeresa1 (Chief Editor POWERGRID International magazine)

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