From data centers to demand curves, experts mull over the future of energy

Electric Light & Power Magazine article by Rod Waldon - March 12, 2019

The power generation picture used to be like a non-Dorian Gray portrait. Static, predictable and rarely changing.

Well, that portrait has gotten snap-chatted endlessly, cut into pieces and now evolving all the time. It may require years to truly understand where it’s all going.

CenterPoint Energy’s Gary Hayes predicted that a spirit of “coop-etition” among utilities and partners which will be most responsible for the shape of this next-generation electricity mix. He was talking about banding together during a panel on “The Future of Energy” last week at ABB’s Customer World event in the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston.

The event drew close to 10,000 people, and a sizable portion of those listened to Hayes and the other panelists describe the various challenges from several fronts in the new and ever evolving power generation dynamic.

The group covered a lot of ground, from utilities to vendors to end users and regulators. It included Hayes, who is chief information officer at Houston-based CenterPoint; Joe Kava, vice president of data centers for Google; former Energy Department Assistant Secretary Charles McConnell; and Claudio Facchin, president of the Power Grid division for ABB.

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