Important new report outlines future of the grid and a role for cities

Tue, 2014-12-02 10:40 -- Jesse Berst
Cities must have the support of their electric power utilities if they hope to become sustainable. And utilities must have the support of their cities. Utilities need policy and regulatory changes before they can accomplish the modernization necessary to support a 21st century economy. They need cities to be on their side as they struggle to put those changes into place.

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.

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