WASHINGTON, August 9, 2017 - The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) finds a need for great transparency in a second white paper of their in-depth examination of the country’s power grid. The organization advocates for customer inclusiveness in updating the century-old technology. “Grid modernization is a complex topic and through this series we’re hoping to show how every American using electricity today can benefit from smart, proactive planning,” said Sean Gallagher, SEIA’s vice president of state affairs. “When done correctly, grid modernization can create new opportunities for energy sources like solar, leading to economic benefits for both utility customers and the grid.” SEIA recommends ease of public access to data, including machine-readable formats. The white paper, Improving Distribution System Planning to Incorporate Distributed Energy Resources, compares grid modernization efforts in California and New York, both of which have made strides to include alternative energies. The series continues in September with a study of “hosting capacity.”