Steven Turner is a Senior Engineer at Arizona Public Service, having spent a career in various roles building up the transmission infrastructure across the power sector. With an eye towards grid modernization and unlocking new potential from advancing technologies, Steven has been named a part of Energy Central's esteemed Network of Experts.
The Network of Experts is an inner circle of key voices and thought leaders within the Energy Central Community, always adding new perspectives and insights as to the future of the sector. Thanks to his background in grid technologies, transmission upgrades, and experience in regulatory and industry groups like IEEE and NERC, Energy Central is confident Steven will make a great addition to this group, and the first part of doing so is sitting down as a part of our Energy Central Power Perspective ‘Welcome New Expert Interview Series.’
Based on his experience in this sector, Steven shared some key insights with the Energy Central Community, including the following:
Energy needs are increasing, and we want to use renewable energy, but renewable energy is not always available. You need to have a certain amount of power that is a spinning reserve. That means it's always there, and it's right at your fingertip. So, it's a little concerning about shutting down coal plants for example. We're just assuming that the renewable will take over for all that. If it's solar power, you don't have it at nighttime, right? So, that's something that I think about a lot. I think that sometimes people just have to learn the hard way. Maybe that's what'll happen. So, people will think a little bit harder about what they're doing and what direction they really need to go.
Read the full interview to get Steven's take on the state of the sector, offer key starting points for those who want to dive in, and more.
Welcome Steven Turner, New Expert in the Transmission Professionals Community- [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Expert Interview]
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