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POWERGRID_INTERNATIONAL Volume 23 Issue 3
In short, both hardening and recovery create more resilient infrastructure and improve the currently elusive goal of "perfect" reliability. Designing new and upgraded power infrastructure with resiliency in mind will take a concerted effort on the part of all stakeholders–from investor-owned, municipal and rural cooperative utilities, to regional transmission organizations, market regulators and government entities.
Market transformations have caused seismic shifts in the utility business model, forcing the industry to take a fresh look at the way people use energy, devise innovative and integrated solutions to meet the needs of more engaged, tech-savvy customers, and address profitability challenges within the current business model.
After Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico leaving months of electricity blackouts across the country in its wake, microgrids were thrust into the spotlight as a potential solution to add resiliency to the electric grid, given their capability to fully disconnect from the grid and operate independently, if needed.
The advancements in control and sensoring technologies alone is changing all of our worlds, whether it's how we drive to work or make energy more efficient. And while we still have plenty of intensely curious and inventive people working on these things, the grid itself is suffering from an extreme workforce shortage.
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