The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (DOE-OE), in partnership with the GridWise Alliance (GWA), undertook the initiative to engage electric grid stakeholders across the country to develop an industry-driven vision of the electric grid in 2030 and formulate recommendations outlining an approach towards achieving that vision.
Energetics worked with both clients on strategy development for this initiative. Over the course of a year, the initiative convened four regional workshops and a national summit. The workshops were held in the Western, Central, Southeast, and Northeast regions of the United States, and the national summit was held in Washington, DC. Nearly 400 thought leaders participated, representing a range of stakeholder groups: utilities, regulators, state government officials, academia, consumer advocates, renewable energy providers, suppliers, and industry innovators. Facilitated breakout sessions developed a vision of the future grid by addressing several scenarios, with discussions focusing on future grid capabilities and functionality, business models and investments, and policy and regulatory barriers and opportunities to realizing the vision.
For the five events, Energetics worked with DOE-OE and GWA to establish agendas, solicit presenters, and recruit stakeholder participants. The Energetics team orchestrated meeting logistics, coordinated with industry hosts, and captured stakeholder discussions. Following each event, Energetics contributed to all aspects of summary report development, including synthesis of the gathered stakeholder input, identification of common themes, technical writing and editing, and graphic design.
Each of the four regional reports presents the stakeholder perspectives for that particular region. Following the national summit, Energetics worked with the clients to analyze workshop results, and the final report provides the vision of the future electric grid in 2030 and recommendations/specific actions needed to achieve that vision.