Call for Articles - Business Side of Running a Utility in 2022 - [Energy Central Special Issue Series]

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For most customers, they equate utilities with the physical energy being generated and transmitted: power plants, major grid infrastructure, power substations and transformers, and even the digital sensors and technologies that make it all run smoothly. While of course these aspects are core to the industry, the power sector is at its core a business, and with that comes all the typical business considerations: workforce management, rate setting and billing, finding ways to minimize overhead, and so much more. 

Looking to dive into the important particulars of the business side of the utility sector, Energy Central has set aside our Special Issue in February to invite community members to share their insights, case studies, white papers, and more on the business of the utility business. So, Energy Central Community, it's time for our next Special Issue entitled: "Business Side of Running a Utility in 2022."

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We want to hear from you.  We are especially looking for insights on the following topics: Rate Design, TOU, Recruitment and Workforce Management, Alternative Revenue Generating Opportunities, Investing & Financing, Regulatory and Government Pressures.

Our Special Issues presents a unique opportunity for you to share your experiences with peers in the industry and perhaps even help kickstart conversations that help you and others uncover new potential solutions and opportunities to areas of the business management side of the utility that you may be overlooking. 

Below are a few topic prompt ideas to get you started:

  • How are you ensuring the workforce management structure of your utility is getting the most out of your employees while also supplying them with everything they need? 
  • What are you doing to ensure the utility remain ahead of costs amid challenges with the supply chain, the economy, and more?  
  • What tools are critical to you keeping track of all your assets, workflows, and people? 
  • How does the business side of running a utility look different than it did 5 years ago, and how will it continue to evolve? 

With your submission to the February 2022 Special Issue on 'Business Side of Running a Utility in 2022,' we invite you to consider the list of topics and topic prompt above and participate in the group knowledge sharing and brainstorming process only available via the Energy Central Community. 

How you can Participate: 

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

We're inviting submissions from experts and leaders who have expertise in our Special Issue topic. This is an opportunity to 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:

This Special Issue is a great way to share your insights and message with the power 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 ‘Utility Business' 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): February 11, 2022
  • Final submissions due date:  February 18, 2022
  • Issue deployment date: February 24, 2022

To learn more about our Special Issue Article Guidelines and Review Processfollow this link.


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