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Utility Professionals and Energy Leaders: What are you thankful for this year?

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Energy Analyst, Chester Energy and Policy

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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To put it simply, 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us-- professionally, personally, and as an industry. With next week marking Thanksgiving, I thought it only appropriate to take a second to pause and, as a community, take stock in what it is for which we have to be thankful. 

Despite the anxiety from the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic uncertainty that's resulted, and challenges from wildfires to hurricanes and more, I'm sure there's still plenty that you have to reflect upon that you're grateful for during this season when it's traditionally to count your blessings:

  • Do you have particularly hardworking and dedicated employees and coworkers who have made successes this year possible despite all the hurdles? 
  • Have you had leaders in your organization that inspired and showed compassion to your situation as your world went remote and virtual? 
  • Do you want to give a shoutout to the culture of the utility industry as a whole for keeping the ship steady amid a rapidly changing industry landscape? 
  • Are you thankful for programs, technologies, and offerings that are becoming available that help you to deliver better service to your customers? 

What would you like to give thanks for? 

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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 didn't know if I would be able to do this. Now I am about to take my PE exam. I am sure with all I have learned in the last five years that I will be successful. I will do my best to participate and share here in the future as well. Happy Thanksgiving!

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

There was a song by the Bee Gees some time ago called "Stayin' Alive".  Given the pandemic and my age, I am thankful just to be alive.

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Audra Drazga on Nov 20, 2020

Love it!  I love that song too!  Stay healthy and Happy Thanksgiving! 

In this pandemic year, I had the best year so far. Yes, I was scared for my business in March/April timeframe, but my outlook changed positively in the late Aug/Sep period. I appreciate my clients who have trusted me to address their needs. I am thankful for individuals who have put me in touch with my past, present, and prospective clients.

I am especially thankful to individuals who have provided me valuable feedback on why my proposals were not accepted. That feedback enabled me to not second guess myself. I am also thankful for folks who took the time to meet with me for coffee (before COVID), respond to my emails and return my phone calls when asked for help.

I am thankful for my mentors, some I have known before and some who I have come across from the SCORE network and social media platforms. I sincerely appreciate people who have given me a chance to write blogs; otherwise, it is tough to market myself in these times.

I am thankful for my Board experiences, both non-profit and business organizations. I continue to be amazed by the time spent by good-hearted individuals.

I am thankful for opportunities to lend my expertise to people who may need a sounding board. This help includes individuals who are thinking about consulting or changing jobs. I am glad to share my career experience. I am thankful to be trusted with their career plans.

Finally, I am thankful for my family to allow me to chase my business consulting dreams. Without my family's support, I would not be able to experiment with this independent consulting idea.  

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Audra Drazga on Nov 20, 2020

I am glad to hear you are doing well.  I am thankful for all your contributions to the Community :).   Happy Thanksgiving!  

  • 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. 
  • I am thankful to be part of an Energy community that is passionate about solving some real, complex challenges which influence the very core of reality in the 21st century 
  • Ultimately, it is the combination of this collaboration and expansive thinking that will accelerate the energy transition. Energy Transition is the destination, but collaborative thinking and synergy is the fuel. 

Thanks for all your work in this community, Matt - Much appreciated. 


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Audra Drazga on Nov 20, 2020

Thank you for your contributions and for helping to make the community a success!  Happy Thanksgiving! 

Matt, I'm thankful for the Energy Central Community that provides me with access to the real-time pulse of the energy industry and for providing a vibrant and engaging forum for open dialogue, where we can discuss todays important topics with complete transparency. I'm convinced the vibrant participation of the Energy Central Community will be key to providing direction, and influencing the energy transition outcome.

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.

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Audra Drazga on Nov 20, 2020

Richard, I have enjoyed working with you this year, and I am very thankful that you discovered our community.  Thanks for all your contributions, thanks for the incredible PowerSession that you did for the community on Cybersecurity, and thanks for all your help with Q&A.  Happy Thanksgiving! 

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Richard Brooks on Nov 25, 2020

The feelings are mutual Audra. I'm always happy to help my friends at Energy Central. We have much to be thankful for. And, who knows, maybe we will be able to say that Energy Central was influential in helping New England with its Energy transition, now that AOCE has been accepted by NEPOOL as a possible pathway forward. Happy Thanksgiving and Best regards. Dick Brooks

I'll go first-- as Community Manager at Energy Central, I'm so thankful that we're working in an industry where experts, leaders, and executives are so generous and giving of their time and knowledge. The leaders in the industry, and specifically those in the Energy Central community, are always so gracious in having conversations with their peers, sharing their lessons learned rather than keeping tight-lipped on how they achieved success, and really we benefit from all working towards common goals of reliable, affordable, safe, and clean energy. I'm thankful to be surrounded by such insightful leaders in this industry who are willing to share and teach-- you all make my job that much easier!

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