An important new document from the GridWise Alliance, a Council Advisor, and the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability lays out a path forward. As the press release notes, the report was created in consultation with hundreds of electric power experts. You'll see that The Future of the Grid: Evolving to Meet America’s Needs recommends the creation of guiding principles and an investment framework. And that it calls for stakeholder engagement -- that is, consultation with important stakeholders such as cities.
After more than a century under the same basic model, the electric power industry is transforming from top to bottom. The choices made in the next few years will guide our future for decades to come. It's essential that we get them right. And to get them right, we need cities and utilities to become partners.