2023 Predictions and Anticipated Trends - Letter from the Community Leader

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Vice President of The Power Industry Network, Energy Central

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This item is part of the 2023 Predictions and Anticipated Trends for the Power Industry - January/February, click here for more

Letter from the Community Leader:

The future is impossible to predict with certainty, but when it comes to critical business trends in the near term, it's still vital for major players to do their best to look at the forecasts and properly plan. And while unexpected events can and do upend utility industry expectations, by tapping into the collective knowledge of leadership and plugged-in insiders of the energy sector, we can do better than simply throwing darts.  

In fact, if you look back to the 2022 Predictions and Trends Special Issue from Energy Central, you'll see that some of the key themes predicted by our community came to fruition and perhaps even helped some with their strategic planning: 

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  • Grid reliability was presented as a critical driving topic, which came to pass as outages made headlines and grid upgrades were a primary focus of public spending.
  • The digital transformation of the power sector remained top of mind throughout 2022, as a number of our members suggested.
  • Other key themes mentioned that served well for those who took heed: emergency preparedness, leaning into innovation, EVs and solar growth on the sustainability side, and the reshaping of the utility-customer relationship. 

So with that in mind, we're excited to keep the tradition of asking our in-the-know Energy Central Members & Experts what they see as the most pressing stories for the coming year, allowing all of us to benefit, prepare, and anticipate the coming trends. 

Take some time to read these thought pieces from our Energy Central Community Members & Experts, and remember that the publication of this Special Issue isn't the end of the topic but just the beginning. Let's make this Special Issue as interactive as possible: all the authors who submitted articles encourage you to leave comments, questions, and ideas in the comments section. Keeping this dialogue is how the industry can move forward on this vital topic. 

And as always, I'll note that we often receive more submissions than we can include in the Special Issue Newsletter and Digital Publication, so be sure to read through all the articles on our Special Issue Topic Page

Finally, this year we are featuring some of our top articles in a digital magazine format.  Check it out below! 

Thanks, and happy reading!

Audra C Drazga
VP of the Power Industry Network

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Paul McCormack on Feb 16, 2023

Audra, great publication as always. Predictions are hard to get right but one key item that does assist is skills. If the skills are there as a foundation then the direction of travel will be less onerous and more certain.

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Audra Drazga on Feb 24, 2023

Thanks Paul! 

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