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Episode #5: ‘Creating a Smarter Utility with Geo-Centric Planning’ with Linda Stevens of 51by1 - [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]

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In this next episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast, it’s time for us to dive into the world of how smart and digital technologies are transforming the industry, rendering it nearly unrecognizable from the utility sector of not too long ago. While there are many pockets of smart utilities in which we can dive, in this episode we’ll be guided by Linda Stevens, Co-Founder of 51by1, into the vast sea that is geo-centric planning, geospatial technology, and how these geographic mapping and analysis technologies are empowering the energy business like never before. 

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 Linda’s career has seen her take an educational background in geography to watching and help develop the then-nascent strategy of tapping into the geospatial domain for utility companies in a way that makes possible what was previously impossible, or at the very least quite difficult. Geo-centric planning is a strategy that bolsters the bottom line of utilities, minimizes headaches felt by customers, empowers necessary regulations, and so much more. Linda has recently become a constant voice for the geospatial on Energy Central, starting with her article ‘Creating a Smarter Utility with Geo-Centric Planning’ this past October. We invited Linda onto the Power Perspectives™ Podcast so we can really dig into this important topic and learn how the geospatial industry is rapidly evolving and what that means for the utility sector.  


Key Links:

Linda Stevens’ Energy Central profile: https://www.energycentral.com/member/profile/233813

“Creating a Smarter Utility with Geo-Centric Planning”: https://www.energycentral.com/c/iu/creating-smarter-utility-geo-centric-planning




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The Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast is hosted by Jason PriceCommunity Ambassador of Energy Central. Jason is a recent NYSERDA scholar and NYU Clean Tech diploma recipient, having worked extensively in a multi-owner, utility-scale microgrid business model. Jason is joined in the podcast booth by the producer of the podcast, Matt Chester, who is also the Community Manager of Energy Central and energy analyst/independent consultant in energy policy, markets, and technology.  

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Rupam Wani on Jan 22, 2020

Very Informative!

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Matt Chester on Jan 22, 2020

Thanks Rupam-- GIS is a new topic for many, but it's of increasing importance!

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Susan Brissette on Feb 6, 2020

Really interesting. Especially enjoyed learning about how geospatial technology is being/can be used. The learning for me was the ability of geospatial technology to integrate what may currently be disparate data sources within organizations, to present a new comprehensive perspective and highlight risks that existing data streams may not have been able to identify when considered individually. This approach promotes the opportunity for holistic systems based perspective, and better decision making as a result. Very informative and thought provoking podcast!

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Matt Chester on Feb 6, 2020

This approach promotes the opportunity for holistic systems based perspective, and better decision making as a result.

You said it, Susan. Too often different arms of the utility aren't talking to each other but if data-sharing can be a part of that then all the better!

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