How will modernizing Virginia’s power grid will be essential for a stronger, smarter and greener energy future? Virginia Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson and Dominion Energy Vice President Technical Solutions Kevin Curtis provide their expert insights on the topic in a new webinar sponsored by the NVTC Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure Committee. Get a recap below.
On October 25, NVTC members had the opportunity to participate in a webinar sponsored by NVTC’s Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure Committee where they heard from Virginia Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson and Dominion Energy Vice President Technical Solutions Kevin Curtis as they discussed the smart energy grid and steps needed to prepare for Virginia’s high-tech economy, future growth and business, and consumer expectations.
The webinar, which was moderated by RagingWire Data Centers Vice President Data Center Operations Phillip Sandino, focused on the changing expectations Virginia businesses and consumers have around energy and new infrastructure and the ongoing efforts to maintain reliability, address resiliency, protect physical and cybersecurity, and integrate more renewable resources.
The speakers discussed how modernizing the power grid will be essential for a stronger, smarter and greener energy future. Kevin Curtis shared Dominion Energy’s perspective on grid modernization and the need to integrate renewables and distributed energy resources, help customers optimize energy use and save money, improve resiliency and reliability, and strengthen physical and cybersecurity. He observed that Dominion Energy has significantly grown its renewable energy generation in Virginia, with solar in particular growing from 1.18 MW in operation at the beginning of 2015 to 744 MW in operation or under development as of August 2017, with plans to add at least 5,200 MW of solar over the next two decades.
Secretary Jackson discussed the reliance many new technologies and applications will have on the smart energy grid, including applications to support Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities, and autonomous vehicles. She observed that service demand patterns are changing from Virginia businesses and consumers with increased emphasis on higher capacity, increased reliability and more security for power and the grid. The session also featured Q&A between the webinar participants and presenters.
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