Mark Lauby is chief engineer at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. Andrew Phillips is vice president for transmission and distribution at the Electric Power Research Institute.
All across the United States, the electric and utilities industries have been taking steps to decarbonize the grid. That undertaking stresses the grid in new ways, but hard at work solving any issues are the Electric Power Research Institute and North American Electric Reliability Corporation. Better known as EPRI and NERC.
Of course, the two organizations have been working together previously, but in light of renewed interest in grid resilience and reliability, a new agreement was inked to emphasize effective deployment of collective industry resources. In short, the experts have come together.
PUF digs in deeper here as to what that means, bringing together here two authorities on the collaboration. NERC's Mark Lauby and EPRI's Andrew Phillips explain how this alliance works and what it means for a more resilient and reliant grid.
PUF's Steve Mitnick: There's so much concern about grid resilience. Your organizations have gotten together, and what is this memorandum of understanding about?
Mark Lauby: We've worked with EPRI for a number of years — they are our go-to folks when it comes to collaborative research. I worked at EPRI for twenty years and I came to NERC in 2007. Andrew and I have worked together for many years on topics such as fuels and magnetic disturbances.