The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) and the GridWise Alliance (GWA) partnered to facilitate a series of four regional workshops and a National Summit entitled “Future of the Grid: Evolving to Meet America’s Needs” to create an industry-driven vision of the electric grid in 2030 and to begin forging a path to realizing that vision. To determine the vision of the future electric grid, the initiative examined the nation’s grid in the context of the entire value chain of the electric system, which includes the grid infrastructure as well as generation, transmission, distribution, storage, and end use. Through this initiative, OE and GWA convened stakeholders to hear first-hand their thoughts on the future grid and the operational capabilities that will be needed.
The resulting “Future of the Grid: Evolving to Meet America’s Needs” report captures the vision of the future electric grid and the associated potential changes in the utility business and regulatory models, as articulated by regional workshop and National Summit participants. Analysis of participant input yielded four overarching recommendations supported by specific actions necessary for facilitating the transition to the future grid. The recommendations, which are provided in the final section of the report, “Planning the Transition: Recommendations for a Path Forward,” are expected to help to facilitate a smooth transition to achieving the vision while recognizing and supporting the diversity of specific approaches and implementation pathways needed by individual states, regions, and utilities....(Read full report)