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Exciting Updates to the Building the Decarbonized Grid Summit
We have an excellent two-day program coming together for our virtual summit, Building the Decarbonized Grid, on June 8 and 9. Here are more reasons to join our community and collaborate on how to deploy modern grid solutions for deep decarbonization in our region.
> Peter Fox Penner, Author: Power After Carbon,  Energy Impact Partners, Boston U.
> Jigar Shah, Director, Loan Programs Office, U.S. Department of Energy
> Emeka Anyanwu, Energy Innovation & Resource Officer, Seattle City Light
> Jennifer Potter, Commissioner, Hawaii Public Utilities Commission
In addition to high-level opening and closing keynotes, we have 10 confirmed sessions exploring a cross-section of the critical capabilities that need deeper investment now. Please plan to participate! Grid Forward members receive a complimentary ticket.
Members: Come to Our Annual Meeting, Meet the Grid Innovators
Fresh off the Summit, we are gathering our membership together for business, useful information and reconnecting. In addition, we’ll announce the winners of the 2021 Grid Innovation Awards! All members should watch for calendar invitations to the event on Thursday, June 10 from noon to 1:30 PM. If members want to invite additional personnel or partners, please contact Sam.

New Podcast on Potential Federal Grid Funding with Karen Wayland of GridWise Alliance

We talked with the new CEO of GridWise Alliance Karen Wayland about Biden Administration priorities for grid modernization from the new administration, as well as the possibility of significant funding for expanded grid capabilities through infrastructure investment via the America Jobs Plan. Listen to it now in your favorite podcast app or online. 

See also our recent two-part podcast series with CAISO CEO Elliot Mainzer:

Washington Clean Energy Bills: WA Governor Inslee signed the Climate Commitment Act (to create a market-based, economy-wide, cap-and-trade program) and HB 1091) to creates the Clean Fuels program. With the 2019 Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) for the electric sector, they form a trifecta for decarbonizing the state. See good analyses in the National Law Review and from Davis Wright Tremaine.

Grid Advisory: GridWise Alliance has formed a 29-member Grid Infrastructure Advisory Council (GIAC) to support the Alliance’s call for at least $50 billion in federal spending to modernize electric power T&D.

AZ Clean Energy: The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) voted down its proposed clean energy rules, after a three-year process with broad stakeholder and utility support to transition to 100% clean generation resources by 2050.

PSE Net-Zero: Puget Sound Energy will collaborate with Mitsubishi Power Americas, Inc. to green hydrogen, utility-scale battery storage and other decarbonization opportunities in line with PSE’s goal to become a “Beyond Net Zero Carbon” energy company by 2045.

$3.25B Loans for Grid: The Western Area Power Administration’s Transmission Infrastructure Program will make available $3.25 billion in loans for supporting electricity transmission projects to bolster renewable energy in the West.

Member Spotlight


The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI) conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, health, safety and the environment. EPRI's members represent more than 90% of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States, and international participation extends to 40 countries.

Upcoming event: Net-Zero Energy System for All virtual forum on June 28-30.
Become a Member

Join us in promoting and accelerating grid innovation as a member of Grid Forward - and invite your peers in regional utilities, solution providers, governments and advocate organizations. See all the value your membership can provide, and start your membership on our Membership Page.

Thank you!
EPRI also co-sponsors the Utility Business Model working group with Grid Forward, GridWise Alliance and SEPA. The UBM is a forum for utility leaders to learn, share best practices, and network with peers across the country on industry-related topics of strategic importance. The discussions will revolve around platform models for funding solutions and/or expanded opportunities with performance-based structures. Discussions can be applicable across a number of energy market structures and utility ownership models.

The next meeting of the UBM working group is June 29, hosted by Grid Forward. Contact Bryce for more information.
Clean and Affordable Energy Conference
NW Energy Coalition, June 2 and 10

Roadmap Conference
Forth, June 14-16

Green Transportation Summit & Expo
Aug 16-18

Smart Buildings Exchange
Smart Buildings Center, Aug 24-25
Assistant Electrical Engineer - Networks, Integration & Automation - Burns & McDonnell

Director, Global Technology Energy Systems - Eaton

Senior Consultant - Advanced Solutions, Energy Data Scientist - Guidehouse

Senior Power & Energy System Research Engineer - NREL 

Senior Data Scientist - Uplight

Smart Grid Standards Engineer - Portland General Electric

Sr. Data Scientist - Utility Analytics - Sentient Energy
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