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In this episode of Grid Talk, Marty Rosenberg talks with two vice presidents from the nation’s largest utility about the impact of the corona virus on their operations. Exelon has 10 million customers in Illinois, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. Joe Svachula is the Vice President of Strategic Planning at Exelon and Eric Helt is the Vice President of Infrastructure Projects. They explain what adjustments they made to the company’s workforce due to the COVID-19 pandemic and how the smart grid is helping them keep the lights on while people isolate themselves at home. Find out how smart meters are helping prevent the spread of the virus.  

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With Shawn Schukar, Chairman and President, Ameren Transmission

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“What is happening in mid-America is sweeping the nation, and more transmission and distribution line planning must be coordinated.”

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With Jason Rondou, Director of Resource Planning, Development and Programs, LADWP

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“Maximizing the local solar, storage, and demand response... regardless of what scenario we go with, we know that there’s a baseline of no-regrets transmission investment that we need to make.”

Los Angeles - A Global Energy Pioneer

With Lauren Faber O'Connor, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Los Angeles

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“Not only are we doing right by Angelinos by leading the charge and really making sure that we are ushering in a clean and reliable and affordable energy system but we know that what we do in LA has reverberations way beyond our border.”

California Braces for Fire, Massive Storage Deployments

With Elliot Mainzer, President and CEO, California Independent System Operator

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“There’s just no way we’re going to be able to meet our clean energy objectives reliably without additional transmission resource diversification.”

Securing the Grid, Addressing Energy Poverty at USEA

With Sheila Hollis, Acting Executive Director, United States Energy Association

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“Cybersecurity and security in general of the grid… are the key issues of the day and extremely worrisome.”

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With Caroline Winn, CEO, San Diego Gas & Electric

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“The holy grail is really long-duration energy storage that can really provide backup power during extended power outages and help to synchronize the supply and demand across the seasons.”

Massive Puerto Rico Grid Modernization Underway

With Wayne Stensby, President and CEO, LUMA Energy

June 4, 2021

“We will be administering the deployment of the FEMA funding to rebuild what is desperately needed here in Puerto Rico in terms of a badly dilapidated and damaged … transmission and distribution …”

Hawaii All-in on Solar - Goes Big on EVs

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Renewables Land in Midwest - MISO Ready

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“We are going to need some significant transmission changes… to make sure that we can move the wind and solar around so they don’t have to curtail it when we don’t have enough load to absorb it in the regions that it’s in.”

Colorado Aims for a Million EVs

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The Vermont Energy Vision

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Global Electric Change

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