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Top Grid Voice for 2018 – Wayne Pales

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Every week thought leaders, working in the power industry, dedicate their time and resources to contribute their insights with the Energy Central Communities. 

So, who stood out in 2018 and who should you be reading? 

Please meet Wayne Pales, one of our top voices for the Grid Community in 2018:

A little bit about Wayne: 

What you like to write about?

I have four children and I am passionate about playing my small part in making sure I leave the planet in a better state than we are in today.  I write about three areas that I think are fundamental to the change that is needed.  Integration of distributed energy resources and demand response into power markets and grid operations, and for approved third parties to be able to access consumer energy data so they can provide improved products and Services?

Post or posts you are most proud of?

My first is the one I am most proud of, not because of what I wrote about, but because it what got me started.  That first post was over 100 blogs and three years ago.  I recall being nervous about posting my first blog, wondering what if no-one would read it, what if no one thought it was any good.  Since then I have grown to love writing, having also now published two books and planning to release my third later this year.

When do you do your best writing?

My wife is an accomplished author and we often look for opportunities to spend time writing.  We regularly discuss what we are writing about, challenging each other’s thinking, which inevitably generates a higher quality output.  People often talk about location.  I do not feel location is important, it is more about giving yourself permission to break away from the many priorities we all have in life and write.  I am at my happiest when I am writing a little each day. 

How do you measure success?

I maintain a set of long-term personal goals across a broad range of areas such as family, relationships, health, contribution, etc.  I break these goals down into quarterly goals.  Each day I journal and part of the journaling is to be clear on what I will achieve that day.  At the end of each day I review how I did, what I learned from the day, what I am grateful for, etc.  This ensures each day I am taking steps towards the bigger goals.

One thing most readers may not know about you?

I have been in the energy industry for almost 20 years, however my focus only shifted to the environment when I met my now wife Claire a few years ago.  Lengthy discussions about our children and asking ourselves what role models we wanted to be for them led us not only to focus on the environment but also on minimalism and moving away from consumerism, as well as becoming vegetarian.  

Best book you read in 2018?

Essentialism by Greg McKeown.  I don’t so much read books these days as listen to them, but nonetheless this is by far the best book I have listened to in a while and one that on completion I was ready to listen to again.  It can help anyone in any walk of life focus on what is important.  The key takeaway for me was to set your own priorities and agenda, if you don’t someone else will. 

Important stories to watch for in 2019?

While I am not expecting blockchain to be implemented at scale within the energy sector in 2019, I am expecting more serious conversation to be had as to the future role it can play in helping with the integration of distributed energy resources and demand response, as well as the sharing of data to approved third parties.

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