Siloed thinking won’t help us address complex grid challenges. We can’t simply see things as a ‘distribution and transmission’ problem, or a ‘generator’ problem — because an issue in one part of the grid inevitably affects another. So, when we’re thinking about solutions, we need to take a more holistic, collaborative approach.
While looking at the big picture, we also need to understand customers have specific pain points. For instance, a flexibility problem may impact two customers differently based on regional variations in supply and demand, or DER’s integration.
Identifying these differences can influence not just the type of solution we deliver, but also the timeframe it takes to deploy.