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Editor of a specialty publication, former public relations practitioner Freelancer

I hold 34 years of experience in communications, mostly in journalism, with a decade in public relations, too.  The first 17 years were spent in print journalism, where I covered, at various...

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This is the kind of commentary piece utilities should be submitting to area media outlets of importance. Not only is the headline great (although you may well not have a say in the headline), but the author describes in detail, why utilities are important and revolutionary. Utilities are often viewed by the public as "out of sight/out of mind," which isn't always a bad thing, but positive publicity like this never hurts.

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Bob Meinetz on May 5, 2020

"Severe weather? Natural disasters? Get the power back on so we can fix everything else! For more than a century, electric utilities built their infrastructure, process and culture around these expectations. Dependable, predictable? Yes, by design. Dynamic, innovative? No, also by design. As a result, electric utility jobs were steady and secure. Change was slow and innovation met skepticism. Electric utilities did their best to stay out of the spotlight. All by design."

Andy, Lincoln's historical perspective is a breath of fresh air. What we see in 21st-century energy is plenty of innovation while sometimes discarding valuable experience learned over 130 years of trial and error. Without it, we risk being forced to learn painful lessons of history all over again.

Microgrids? Distributed generation? Deregulation? Been there, done that. In the regulated grid model born under FDR's New Deal, all were avoided - by design.

Burbank Water & Power may be the utility of the future - locally owned and operated, BWP has figured out how to meet the needs of the community with clean, reliable electricity, while successfully integrating into the CAISO grid. Now, if we could only replace BWP's Magnolia gas plant with a trio of NuScale's small modular reactors...

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