ERPI unveils Integrated Energy Networks at NARUC meetings

Published on February 17, 2017 by Daily Energy Insider Reports

The Electric Power Research Institute (ERPI) introduced last week the Integrated Energy Network, an organization dedicated to greater incorporation of all energy resources, at the 2017 National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Winter Meetings in Washington, D.C.

“The Integrated Energy Network envisions a future in which customers have flexibility to use, produce and manage energy, while having increased access to reliable, safe, affordable and cleaner power for all,” ERPI President and CEO Michael Howard said. “To achieve this future requires an integrated view of energy and natural resources – looking beyond just electricity. Our systems for managing energy and natural resources are increasingly interconnected. Yet these systems remain largely separate with respect to strategy, management and operations. Technological change is amplifying the cost of failing to integrate these systems. We offer our report to stimulate new thinking about the future energy system.”

The key actions included in the unveiling were technology development, policy, regulation and standards.

The Integrated Energy Network recognizes the interdependency between all energy sources, the importance of wireless connected technologies and the significance of global collaboration. It also highlights the potential for environmental improvements and benefits to customers.

“The Integrated Energy Network recognizes the interdependence of the electric sector with a broader infrastructure network,” Howard said. “As a result of this assessment, EPRI will pursue this pathway through global collaboration, thought leadership and science and technology innovation.”