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From the Energy Central Community Team: Thanks to you all and Happy Thanksgiving

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Official Energy Central Community Manager of Generation and Energy Management Networks. Matt is an energy analyst in Orlando FL (by way of Washington DC) working as an independent energy...

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Before people start logging off to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday (perhaps with a bit more of a virtual touch than we've been used to in the past), I just wanted to take a moment to share some thanks on behalf of the Energy Central team:


Thanks to our Community Ambassador Team

Energy Central is lucky to have a dedicated team of volunteers who have agreed to step up and bring a constant injection of engagement, productivity, and conversation to the community. You can read about the Community Ambassador program here, and if you're interested in exploring getting involved I'd encourage you to check out more information on joining the program here, but essentially those who are in the Community Ambassador program act as a sort of inner circle for gauging what’s going on in the Energy Central Community—we have regular calls and emails to discuss the state of the community, brainstorm new and exciting ideas, and share ways in which Energy Central can be improved for all involved! They're constantly seeking out new people who might bring value to our community (perhaps you're here because of a tip from an Ambassador), sharing out the best of the best content within their networks, and more. 

The amazing growth in the Energy Central community over the past year wouldn't have been accomplished without our Community Ambassadors, so I wanted to start quickly by giving them a shoutout. Thanks to each and every one of you:


Thanks to our Dedicated Experts

Similarly, I want to thank all of the members of the Energy Central Network of Experts. We have nearly 200 utility industry insiders and experts who have signed up to be members of this exclusive network, providing an important view of what's going on in the industry every day through their contributions to the comment and engagement in the discussions taking place. There are too many of you all to thank here, but you know who you are-- and not a Q&A submission goes by without being personally and astutely answered thanks to our experts. These men and women are integral to making Energy Central the go-to resource for those in the utility industry to learn, share, and explore. 

If you want to get an up-close and personal view of our experts, dozens of them have participated in the Interview Series, a part of our Power Perspectives series

Those who might want to be considered for our Expert Network, find more information here


Thanks to our Committed and Engaged Community Members

And beyond our Ambassadors and Experts, we of course need to send a huge thanks to all community members of Energy Central. Whether you're commenting every day or you're silently reading content from your peers, it is thanks to you that the Energy Central community has had its best, most productive, and most successful year yet. Especially in the unexpected year that 2020 was where we all couldn't gather in person at industry conferences, the ability of our community members to connect, network, and share digitally has been an irreplaceable asset and we as a Community Team have been pleasantly surprised time and again at just how much our community members step up to the plate to help each other and to bolster the utility industry as a whole.

We couldn't do it without you, so thank you!


Thanks to Leaders Across the Utility Sector

And broadly speaking, we have a lot of reasons in the utility sector to be thankful. Like I said, this year is one that no one could have predicted, but the way the utility sector has rallied and lifted peers up to ensure the power stays on amid pandemic, wildfire, natural disaster, and economic turmoil is a testament to just how collaborative and mission-driven our industry really is. 

But don't take my word for it, see this Q&A post (Utility Professionals and Energy Leaders: What are you thankful for this year?) where leaders across the industry chimed in on what they were feeling thankful for this year, including quotes such as:

We were able to learn from the pandemic: how to identify the new challenges and to - accordingly - craft energy related alternatives that make sense in these new, unprecedented times. 

I am thankful for all the sharing of knowledge on this group and across utilities. I was able to make a career shift from Aerospace to Power and it is due to sharing that happens like here in this community.

I'm also grateful to all of the energy industry volunteers working on Energy Standards within NAESB and the NAESB staff for keeping the subcommittees operating as smoothly as they do.It's a lot of work to develop energy industry standards; we are fortunate to have such dedicated and knowledgeable people engaged in this ANSI standards development process.

I am thankful for the gift of opportunity and collaboration. If this year has taught us anything, it is the power of collaboration. Ultimately, the lockdowns have forced introspection on us and reminded us all of the need to slow down. 

Read the rest of the responses, and please chime in with what you're thankful for here. 


So thank you for reading, for sharing, and for being a part of this collaborative, encouraging, and important community. We couldn't do it without each and every one of you. On behalf of the entire team at Energy Central, we want to wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. 


Matt Chester

Energy Central Community Manager

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Jason Price on Nov 25, 2020

Thank you Matt! Thanks for your hard work and dedication. Have a great Thanksgiving everyone! 

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