Call for Articles - Innovation In the Power Industry in 2022 - [Energy Central Special Issue Series]

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This item is part of the Innovation In the Electric Power Industry - May 2022 SPECIAL ISSUE, click here for more

Today innovation has been elevated beyond a buzzword or a nice-to-have idea and is now a core principle guiding the utility business. Leaders in the energy sector have no shortage of challenges facing them, and these are fundamental and existential problems to address: decarbonizing generation, the ever-growing power load expected from customers, the integration of rapidly advancing intelligent technologies, the need to prioritize cybersecurity, the shift towards distributed generation, and so much more.

Integrating these new opportunities and requirements-- whether the pressure to do so comes from regulators, customers, investors, or otherwise-- necessitates an attitude and a culture of innovation. But talking about innovation is very different from embracing it, and that true embrace of innovation is what Energy Central's May Special Issue is all about: Innovation in the Power Industry in 2022. 

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In addition to recognizing a few select leaders in Innovation as part of this special issue series, We want to hear from you! We are seeking stories, white papers, and case studies from our community for this Special Issue Edition.  We are especially looking for insights on leading technology and systems that take the industry to a whole new level.

Our Special Issues present 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.

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

  • How do you ensure innovation can cross departments within the utility and not get caught in siloed inertia? 
  • What innovative technologies and programs are you looking to roll out through the rest of 2022? 
  • How does the regulatory environment benefit or hinder your desired innovation processes? 
  • What lessons learned have come from the implementation of your recent past innovation successes? 
  • What are some of the unexpected benefits or consequences of embracing new technologies, opportunities, and more? 

With your submission to the May 2022 Special Issue on 'Innovation in the Power Industry in 2022,' we invite you to consider the list of topics and topic prompts 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 ‘Innovation in the Power Industry in 2022.' 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.  

  • Final submissions due date: May 13, 2022
  • Issue deployment date: May 26 (part 1) and May 27 (part 2), 2022

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

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Rich Dzikowski on May 2, 2022

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