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On Demand - Innovating in a Highly Regulated Environment Part 2: Playing Nice with Regulators [an Energy Central and Utility 2030 Collaborative PowerSession™]

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With regulators making and enforcing the rules of utility business engagement, businesses operating in highly regulated environments often see them as the enemy. But an article published by the Harvard Business Review, “Innovating in a Highly Regulated Industry Like Health Care”, recommends leveraging them as key innovation resources because they can help: 

  • Guide you by explaining precisely what you can and cannot do;
  • Reveal gray areas where you might have some leeway; and
  • Share prior innovations that didn’t work at other utilities.

During this PowerSession, experts will expand on part 1 of this discussion on “Innovating in Highly Regulated Environments” by providing insights into how to work with—not against—regulators to achieve innovation and transformation goals.

Key Takeaways

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  • Understand the shared desire for innovation across utilities and their regulators
  • Gain insight into how to communicate the value of innovation to regulators and other key stakeholders
  • Learn how to proactively collaborate with regulators to deliver innovations with the biggest bang for the buck

Don’t miss a beat. Tune into part 1 of this session prior to viewing part 2! 


James Riley, Partner, Appos Advisors -  With over 20 years of consulting experience, James helps companies better understand the markets they serve and deliver growth through the development, marketing and selling of new products and services. James experience spans across multiple industries including: utilities, high tech, consumer packaged goods, discrete and process manufacturing, telecommunications, local government, hospitality, and banking & insurance.


Commissioner Upendra J. Chivukula, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities - Commissioner Chivukula currently serves as a Commissioner on the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities after serving more than 12 years in the New Jersey General Assembly, where he had been the Deputy Speaker.

Dr. John "Skip" Williams, Chief Medical Officer, President emeritus at State University New York Downstate Health Sciences University -As president of Downstate, Dr. Williams has promoted collaboration and a multidisciplinary focus across the academic and clinical disciplines; developed an innovative healthcare delivery system model for Brooklyn; transformed the clinical operation to align with population health management and federal and state reform initiatives; established programs and policies to improve infrastructure and drive sustainability.

Glen Spry. CEO and President at SensorSuite, Inc - A former energy utility executive with extensive knowledge of Asia Pacific, European, and North American energy markets, Glen is now applying his detailed knowledge of Distributed Energy Resource business models to accelerate the transition of our grid to a cleaner, greener, and more customer-centric environment.

Katy Cook, Director Customer Experience, Liberty Utilities


SensorSuite is a specialist in building utility efficiencies including Energy efficiency, Building performance, Smart grid integration and IOT enabled DR & OR utility support services.


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