The Grid Mod Pod | Episode 4: Building Electrification with Dr. Katrina Kelly-Pitou of SmithGroup

by Dr. Elizabeth Cook, AEIC DER Subcommittee Chair

Welcome to the Grid Mod Pod, brought to you by AEIC. In this podcast, you’ll hear from the utility industry’s top operations leaders on how their companies are working to modernize and improve our ever-evolving power grid. Thank you for joining us.

In this episode, we’re excited to have SmithGroup Principal Dr. Katrina Kelly-Pitou as our co-host. Here’s what you’ll learn when you listen in:

  • A concise overview of the term “building electrification” and how it fits into the broader context of net zero community planning
  • How predictive analytics can help grid planners understand the impact of building electrification
  • Why it’s necessary for utilities to start thinking of buildings as assets to integrate into the overall grid, and what technology advances can help facilitate this mindset shift
  • How real estate investment and government regulations can be obstacles for building electrification
  • What American utilities can learn from other countries’ experiences with building electrification