Call for Articles - Next Big Thing: Innovations that can Change the Power Industry - [Energy Central Special Issue Series]

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This item is part of the Innovation in the Power Industry - April 2021 SPECIAL ISSUE, click here for more

Calling all Innovators in the utility sector-- we want to shine a light on you and your work!

In April, Energy Central is turning our attention to the dreamers, the creators, and the landscape-changers for our upcoming Special Issue: NEXT Big Thing: Innovations That Can Change The Power Industry. We're looking to feature stories and articles shared by the community on the best and most exciting Innovation that is shaking up the industry today!

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Innovation can be infused at quite literally any utility business level, from new technology in generation or on the grid to new customer interfacing platforms to creative business practices that enable bottom-line savings. We don't want to restrict you here, so you tell us where and how innovation is pervading your organization and how it's creating a better future for customers, utility workers, and the industry as a whole: 

  • What technologies are currently being researched or implemented that are blowing your mind? 
  • Is your organization adjusting and or applying new methods to interact and manage your customers? 
  • Where are leaders at your utility infusing innovation that it's never been before? 
  • What exactly does innovation mean to you and the leaders at your organization? 

We're calling on you to participate and share!

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

We're inviting submissions from experts and leaders who are incorporating innovation in the utility sector. 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:

The "Next Big Thing: Innovations That Can Change the Power Industry" special issue is a great way to share your insights and message with the most innovation-minded professionals in the 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 ‘2021 Innovation' 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- a little more than what you would typically share as part of a community blog post.   

  • Abstract due date (optional): Monday - April 5th, 2021
  • Final submissions due date:  Monday - April 19th, 2021
  • Issue deployment date: Thursday - April 29th, 2021

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

We're excited to see what you're doing in this area and how the community can come together to drive further progress moving forward!

Audra C Drazga
VP of the Power Industry Network

PS: Got a Big Idea, But the Words are Elusive? An Energy Central ExpertJohn Egan, can help! As president of Egan Energy Communications, John has decades of experience writing content for utilities and solutions providers. If you read trade publications, you probably have read something he wrote for a client. Contact him at or 720-949-4906.  

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charles okriwoso on Apr 6, 2021

Between 2005 and 2016, the global installed capacity of solar PV increased more than seven-fold, and the capacity of onshore wind increased nearly three-fold, and owing to plunging costs, variable renewable energy (VRE) capacity is set to expand dramatically, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

To accommodate soaring shares of VRE generation, innovations have emerged to increase supply-side, demand-side, grid, and storage flexibility. At the same time, an ongoing sector-wide digital revolution is transforming asset operation and performance monitoring, and it has allowed for advancements in supply-side decentralization and demand-side electrification. These rapid changes have necessitated new market designs and new business models. While this breathtaking transformation is vaster and far more complex than shown here, key innovations—they’ve evolved from the “disruption” stage—that are making a substantial impact are mapped here.

#Power Plant #Market Design #Digital #IRENA #Digital Revolution #Disruptions #VRE #New Grids #Dispatchable Generation #Empowering The Consumer #Enabling Renewable Supply #System Operations #Electricity Storage


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