Grid Modernization is All About PUSHING BOUNDARIES: Energy Central is Asking You to Share Your Insights for Our Upcoming Special Issue

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This item is part of the Grid Modernization - Pushing Boundaries - Summer 2020 SPECIAL ISSUE, click here for more

The Power Industry is in the midst of transformation. The advent of new technology, the thirst for improvements and optimization, and a need for utilities to adapt to the changing landscape are all driving this push towards Grid Modernization.

Grid Modernization describes all the changes that are currently and will be needed to handle generation, transmission, and distribution of all energy sources.  It also includes all the changes that we need to be prepared to meet new burgeoning technological and digital needs.

As with other recent Energy Central Special Issues (like the Cybersecurity Issue in April and the Customer Care Issue in May), recent events across the world have only served to solidify the essential nature of the utility industry and shown that staying ahead of the technology curve will be necessary to continue to meet the needs of the customer base.

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With that in mind, Energy Central is asking for you to share your stories for our upcoming “Grid Modernization 2020: Pushing Boundaries” Special Issue Scheduled to Deploy on June 25th. Some topic ideas include but are not limited to:

  • How has your utility made grid modernization a priority in each corner of business operations?
  • What unexpected challenges have you had to overcome during the grid modernization process?
  • How will the new grid transform the relationship between customer and utility?
  • What are your predictions for how the grid modernization process will play out in the coming years?
  • How has COVID-19 affected Grid Modernization projects?
  • What other insights, questions, reports, ideas, or concerns about Grid Modernization do you want to share with the Energy Central community?

What We Need from Energy Central’s Industry Thought Leaders

We’re inviting submissions from experts and leaders who work in the area of Grid Modernization. Share with your fellow community members your successes (and failures) in this process, expectations for the future, and more.

*For Utility Professionals article submissions are free.  See below for details on how to submit an article and for deadlines.

Invitation to Solution Providers and Industry Vendors

The “Grid Modernization 2020: Pushing Boundaries” special issue will be an unparalleled opportunity to reach utility decision-makers working in the areas pertaining to the grid, transmission, generation, digitalization, and more. To learn how you can contribute an article or become a content sponsor of this exciting issue, please get in touch with a client representative at or download our media guide now for more information (see page 18 for information on Special Issues).

Instructions for Participation

Send your submissions to with the subject ‘Grid Modernization 2020.’ If you need feedback on your submission idea, feel free to send questions or even an abstract to the same email address (please note that if you send an abstract for review, do so at least a week ahead of the submission due date and make note that it’s an abstract in the subject line).

The due date for submissions to this special issue June 19th, 2020.  

Issue Deployment Date is June 25th

We’re excited to see read your insights!

Audra C Drazga

VP of the Power Industry Network

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Steve Wickman on Jun 10, 2020

Grid modernization is really such a broad topic that could literally encompass "everything"...ranging from upgrading/replacing aged distribution line poles to creating new and different paradigms of how the electric utilities serve their customers.  As a retired Engineer from a midwestern IOU, who still is contributing to the industry a bit by consulting with a specialized oil/SF6 leak repair company, I truly enjoy seeing what is going on--what the utilities and equipment/service providers are doing on this topic.  I'm looking forward to reading other contributors' submissions to this Special Issue and I plan to offer my comments to such.  The other topic that this leads to is the tremendous potential for young people to get involved in the industry....I always tell young people that show an interest in pursuing becoming an Engineer to look at the Electrical Engineering field and look for career opportunities in the Power Industry.  These opportunities are out there and will continue to be for quite some time.  Even the "trades" type career opportunities in the Industry are becoming "high tech".  The need for meter readers may have gone away but, all these new "smart" meters now need a higher skilled person to program them, troubleshoot them, etc.  The overhead lineman, while he/she still needs to learn how to climb a pole wearing "hooks", but also needs to know how to "program" a section fuse--they are no longer elements that drop open to clear a fault, they are "programmable" devices that trip/reclose for a fault...improving the "keep the lights on" expectations of the utility customers.  It goes on and on....

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Matt Chester on Jun 10, 2020

Really interesting, Steve-- There's still plenty of time to turn these insights about grid modernization related/adjacent careers into a full submission for the special issue as well! I'd love to hear more about what this space looks like and how relevant companies are recruiting the best talent for these jobs

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