“We finally have the opportunity to really crack the IT/OT nut. The walls are coming down (because) we are able to identify specific value.”

-Dave Shepheard, managing director for Accenture Grid Services

“Is the grid resilient enough to take those changes, because it takes a long time to build transmission. So all of us, collectively, are concerned with that.”

-Jon Jipping, chief operating officer of ITC Holdings, about the T&D response to the changing generation mix

“Smart city convergence: Less is more, tiny is huge.”

– David Sandel, co-founder of Innovation Neighborhoods, at DistribuTECH

“When we talk about the future grid, we’re talking about moving from hours to milliseconds, where we have a dynamic read on demand and a dynamic operating capability to meet that demand. It’s not just about the engineering and the tech. It’s about the business model.”

– former New York Public Service Commission Audrey Zibelman, newly hired CEO of the Australian Energy Market Operator, during her keynote at DistribuTECH.


“Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions produced in the generation of electricity at power plants in the United States declined by 73 percent from 2006 to 2015, a much larger reduction than the 32 percent decrease in coal-fired electricity generation over that period.”

– U.S. Energy Information Administration, “Today in Energy”

“Incentives for performance should be structured based on shared savings so that utilities are financially incented (e.g., earning a net benefit) for promoting and achieving EE and DER benefits for customers versus today’s approach of being indifferent or under earning due to EE and DERs.”

– CLEAResult, “Lower Spending, Higher Returns: Aligning Performance Incentives to Accelerate a 21st Century Utility Model”

“There has been a significant shift in the industry related to operational technology/resource outsourcing. Once considered taboo, utilities are now considering how to leverage outsourcing as part of the future strategy of utility operations.”

– BRIDGE Energy Group, “2017 Utility Industry Survey”


“From our #DTECH2017 survey, 80 percent say #energy utilities should manage behind-the-meter #DERs.”


“From 2008-15 the avg. cost of land-based wind decreased 35% & solar PV almost 80%.”


“Fifteen years ago @FERC accepted MISO’s Open Access Transmission Tariff-an important step in MISO’s history #MISO101


“Need to look at energy system as complete network – an Integrated Energy Network – learn more #NARUCWinter17


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