Call for Articles - Grid Modernization 2021 [Energy Central Special Issue Series]

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The Power Grid has taken center stage in policy, technology, market solutions, and more. It has been called the most complex machine that we've ever created, not to mention the most vital and important creation in terms of impact on our daily lives. Those designations are well earned, but these days the grid is not stationary; rather, the grid is ever-evolving and an intense focus has been placed on modernizing, hardening, and overall improving the hardware, software, and programs that makeup today's grid. 

So with that in mind, it's time for the leading experts in the Energy Central Community to step back and take stock of the current condition of the grid as a part of our upcoming Special Issue: Grid Modernization 2021. We're looking for feature stories and articles shared by the community on the challenges today's grid is facing and the solutions that will overcome those hurdles, on the future technologies and innovations that will start transforming the grid this year, on the investment being made in the modern grid, and more. 

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Some questions you might consider as you look to share your insights might include:

  • In the wake of the challenges faced by the Texas grid during the winter storms of February, what grid lessons should the utility industry take away from those events?
  • The Biden Administration looks to be investing heavily in the grid as a part of its infrastructure plan, so what would be the best type of investment area you'd like to see funds supporting? 
  • Smart grid technology is being introduced across the grid with each passing day, so what new insights and abilities do you expect the utility industry to harness? 
  • What technologies for improving the grid are currently flying under the radar but might start to make waves in the near term? 
  • What are the conversations your utility is having with regard to upgrades to the grid and what are the challenges that are stopping those upgrades from happening? 

We're calling on you to participate and share!


Participating for Professionals who work for a Utility, IPP, RTO, or Government Agency

We're inviting submissions from experts and leaders who are working every day in the grid, on transmission and distribution, and throughout this vast network. Share with your fellow community members your hands-on experiences and lessons learned, as well as predictions for the coming years.

*For professionals who work for utilities, IPPs, RTOs, or government agencies, submission is free. See below for details on how to submit an article and for deadlines. 

Invitation for Solution Providers and Industry Vendors to Get Involved:

The "Grid Modernization 2021" Special Issue is a great way to share your insights and message with grid professionals in the industry. To learn how you can contribute an article or become an official content sponsor of this special issue, please get in touch with a client representative at or Download our Product Guide now for more information. 

Instructions for Participation:

Send your submissions to with the subject ‘Grid Modernization 2021' If you need feedback on your submission idea, feel free to send questions or even an abstract to the same email address.  We are looking for more in-depth articles on this subject (5-10 paragraphs)- a little more than what you would typically share as part of a community blog post.  

  • Abstract due date (optional): May 3, 2021
  • Final submissions due date:  May 17, 2021
  • Issue deployment date: May 27, 2021

To learn more about our Special Issue Article Guidelines and Review Process, follow this link.

Got a Big Idea, But the Words are Elusive? An Energy Central Expert, John Egan, can help! As president of Egan Energy Communications, John has decades of experience writing content for utilities and solutions providers. If you read trade publications, you probably have read something he wrote for a client. Contact him at or 720-949-4906.  


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