Call for Articles - Investing in the Grid for Reliability & Resilience - [Energy Central Special Issue Series]

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In February, many of us met up at DISTRIBUTECH to learn and discuss the future of our industry, specifically as it pertains to the "Grid". To continue many of the conversations started at the show, or better yet, to carry them even further, Energy Central has dedicated our March/April Special Issue to topics related to "Investing in the Grid."

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 the following topics: New Technologies, Transmission Expansion, Securing the Grid, Energy Storage, Underground vs. Overhead, Outage Management, Vegetation Management, and Extreme Events Management - Wildfires and Storms. 

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

  • How do utilities decide between competing priorities within necessary grid investments? 
  • What are the under-discussed areas of grid modernization and the business-side challenges they bring?
  • How will the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) of 2021, Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022, and other potential Federal policies factor into what utilities should be doing to invest in their grid operations? 
  • What new technologies will be making waves as they get integrated into the grid in the coming decade? 
  • What does the planning process look like on the grid with the new energy economy that will factor in electric vehicles, energy storage, and greater distributed energy generation?  
  • What changes will be made in the near future as it relates to securing the grid? 
  • How will supply chain and workforce resources affect projects in the coming years? 


How you can Participate: 

Participation Instructions have changed for the 2023 Special Issue Editions,  please read carefully below for details:

For Professionals who work for a Utility, IPP, RTO, or Government Agency; Energy Central Expert Members; and Active Energy Central Content Partners:

  • Submission is free for this group.  See below for article guidelines, how to submit an article and deadlines.  Participating in the issue is an opportunity to share your hands-on experiences, lessons learned, and perhaps your predictions for the coming years with your fellow community members.  We look forward to sharing your insights in this Special Issue! 

For Solution Providers and Industry Vendors:

  • Energy Central's digital Special Issues provide a unique opportunity to reach over 30,000+ professionals in the industry.  Solution Providers can participate as a paid content partner with sponsorship recognition or through other advertising opportunities: We now have Full and Half Page Ad opportunities for our Digital Magazine Edition
  • To learn how you can participate, please get in touch with a client representative at or Download our Product Guide.  We will not be accepting non-paid submissions from solution providers for our Special Edition series.  
  • We will manage posting content submissions from solution providers; please do not submit your submission through the process below


Content Guidelines:

  • For our Special Issue Series, we are looking for in-depth thought leadership articles around the Special Issue topic. 

  •  Length is ideally 5 - 10 paragraphs. 

  • Charts are welcome and encouraged. 

  • Direct product pitches and product brochures will not be accepted, even for paid partners.


Instructions for Submissions:

To participate, submit your article via the Energy Central online Start a Post content entry system and by following the instructions below: 

  • For The Special Issue Editions, you may submit the following content types: Article or Resource.
  • DO NOT "Publish" or "Schedule" the post to go live. SAVE THE POST AS A DRAFT.  You may make changes to your draft anytime up until you take the next step. 
  • Once you are satisfied with your final draft version, send a link of your draft post to
  • We will review all submissions as they come in.  You may not be notified of final approval until a few days after the final submission due date.  See the timeline below. 
  • We will manage the draft post from this point forward. 

If you need feedback on your submission idea or need assistance, feel free to send questions to 

** NOTE: If you are a solution provider, please see the solution provider section above for participation.


Special Issue Timeline and Due Dates:

  • Final submissions due date:  March 27th, 2023
  • Issue deployment date:  April 13th, 2023 
  • Final Article Section Announcement: April 10th, 2023
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Matt Chester on Feb 27, 2023

We have a full month before submissions are due, plenty of time to gather your thought leaders and come up with a leading article for this Special Issue!

If you have questions or want to bounce an article idea off of us, don't hesitate to reach out:

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Matt Chester on Mar 2, 2023
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Matt Chester on Mar 8, 2023

I wonder if anyone who attended our amazing PowerSession, Maximizing the Value of Utility Data to Drive Clean Energy Initiatives, was inspired by some of the ways data could be utilized to harden the resilience and reliability of the grid? Well there are still 3 weeks to turn that inspiration into a submission!

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Audra Drazga on Mar 15, 2023

Community Members, it is not too late to participate in our upcoming issue! But, the deadline is fast approaching.  We look forward to reading your insights! 

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Matt Chester on Mar 20, 2023

Putting out a 'last call'-- you have a week left to participate! Reach out to us if you have any questions or to let us know you expect to share something by next week:

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Matt Chester on Mar 23, 2023

Here's your last warning to get started! Submissions are due by the end of the day on Monday. Are you going to be sharing something in this highly-anticipated Special Issue? 

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