Clark Gellings is an IEEE Smart Grid Technical Expert and a life fellow of IEEE. An internationally prominent expert on the electricity system, he is well-known for his contributions in demand-side management and smart grid research.
In his last interview, Clark Gellings explained the concept of an integrated grid and the role it will play in grid modernization. In this follow-up conversation, he suggests technology and regulatory strategies companies can employ to evolve to an integrated grid. He discusses the role for customer-owned distributed energy resources (DER) in the emerging integrated grid while examining the implications DER will have on pricing for utilities and the customer base.
QUESTION: In our last discussion you urged companies to be assertive and develop “integrated grid” strategies. How would you suggest they get started on this work?