25 Jun '14, 1pm

Welcome to the Grid Revolution, Massachusetts-style

Massachusetts recently became the first state in the nation to issue a ‘grid modernization’ strategy, a move to make the electric system amenable to new technologies. More than that, it’s a shift to encourage utility innovation. The state is “remaking the electric grid as it might have been designed by Steve Jobs: elegant, customer-friendly, and with functionality that was previously unimaginable,” said Paul Gromer, CEO of Peregrine Energy Group and former Massachusetts state energy commissioner. The Department of Public Utilities began investigating grid modernization in 2012 out of concern that technology was changing and the grid wasn’t keeping up. Clearly, the electric grid of the last century wasn’t built for homes acting as power plants, appliances keyed to energy prices, and cars fueling up from an electric plug. After months of meetings with key players, expert inp...

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