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Part of monitoring digitization efforts in Energy Sector Utilities functional systems is separating the established dedicated technology from newly developed implementations of other sciences beginning to add their flourishing technologies to the Energy Utilities arena. Due to current advanced choices available in the Energy Sector (such as artificial intelligence and reality simulations) new added digitization technology requires putting forward Energy Utilities’ commitment levels to invest seriously in preferred dedicated digitization applications instead of giving only partial thought to expansion of the Energy Sector’s digital technology use. Energy Utilities must follow through with the choices currently available in new technologies adopting next phase Energy Utility digitization decisions. Digitization upgrade Energy Utility expansions show promise of providing an increase in Energy Utility operations’ efficiencies with reduction of rates by simplifying maintenance and enabling earlier forecasts of “trouble spot” identification. Part of choosing to implement digital data systems’ inclusion in operations is committing to the use issues arising from housekeeping requirements such as data storage, area service limitations, and systems technology compatibility.

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Some Energy Sector Utilities have advanced digitization technology at a rapid pace to satisfy transition requirements to respond to ecological emergencies. As digitization Energy Utility functions serve in remote locations, faster more accurate data communication capabilities may alert downsized Energy Utility weigh stations of current user needs and emergencies. This decentralization of smaller response Energy Utility facilities, spread across the Smart Grid instead of one or two large data collection locations, allows accurate rapid individual user feedback service. “Digitalization is an important instrument for the energy transition and an enabler of two key industry trends: decarbonization and decentralization,” (Digitalization And The Future Of Energy; Study Conducted by Foresight Factory; December 2018 and January 2019).

Even though Energy Sector Utilities maintenance and emergency service becomes decentralized in the face of quicker digitization data responses by using smaller strategically placed consumer monitoring units, Energy Utility digitization system data storage remains housed in single centered locations leaving a vulnerability of digitization data storage potential loss. The need to provide a data turnover standard to provide digitization data storage flexibility is one of the top drawer priorities of Energy Utilities digital systems implementation. Stacked (narrow) vs. unstacked (wide) value digitized data formats add value to central data warehousing. Stacked data provides narrow column adjustments leaving room for more data in a table’s content. This allows Energy Sector data input details to fit in limited digitization data storage space. Value stacked digital data can be unstacked to obtain a picture pinpointing certain data function categories while providing connections to previous entries. Data stacking is “A collection of items in which only the most recently added item may be removed. The latest added item is at the top. Basic operations are push and pop. Often top and isEmpty are available, too. Also known as "last-in, first-out" or LIFO.” (Paul E. Black, "stack", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed. 1 October 2019. Available from: ). Data stacking retains records while giving leeway to erase or edit newest information so Energy Sector Utilities’ inputs can be immediately evaluated for retention needs.

Fortunately, digital data storage issues do not negatively impact the area of digitalized technology Energy Utility service offered. Service area expansion is common with Energy Sector digitization technology offerings, upgrading the speed and clarity of the Smart Grid communications. Over extended resources become less of business as usual. Manpower is augmented by the digitization application such as Artificial Intelligence (AI). Human error is reduced, increasing efficiency and decreasing non-cost effective measures.     

When considering how Energy Sector digitization affects decarbonization and climate change, sustainability is one of the key factors of digital system choice. “New technologies must be specifically designed and used in such a way that they provide positive impulses for socio-cultural and ecological changes, which is why they are often used to end existing, non-sustainable technologies, practices and usage systems ("exnovation").” (Teufel, Benjamin and Sprus, Carmen Maria; EYCarbon; October 29, 2020; Lower emission power sources and carbon capture system (CCS) practices are challenging Energy Sector service decisions working with digital improvements to automate cleaner production standards. Decarbonization Energy Sector practices require choosing digitization technology compatible with existing, established equipment. Systems compatibility creates a forward thinking marriage of digitalization and standard manual facilities such as the lower frequency loops of digital twin data streams added to existing database communication entry points. In turn, this assists power source monitoring of the carbon footprints’ reductions in different versions of CCS controls.

It is an exciting decade in the Energy Sector Industry. New technologies are pushing forward the service envelope. Energy Utility System functions are upgrading to enable better response times, maintenance, and ecological impacts. Data stream efficiencies are positively affecting customer coverage issues. Standards are being rewritten for Energy source production and consumption. With the choices currently available in new technologies, the question is not “What is the next Energy Utilities’ transition?”; the questioning starts, instead, with “When will the next Energy Sector upgrade occur?” The difficulties and problems of dedicating Energy Utilities to stand behind their digitalization choices until the systems can work through first indications are worth shouldering to break into the benefits available. Tomorrow has begun today.


  1.  Digitalization And The Future Of Energy; Study Conducted by Foresight Factory; December 2018 and January 2019.

  2. Paul E. Black, "stack", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed. 1 October 2019. Available from:

  1. Teufel, Benjamin and Sprus, Carmen Maria; EYCarbon; October 29, 2020;


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