Digital Digest: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Intelligent Utility Network – November 24, 2021

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Welcome to the Intelligent Utility Network roundup, Digital Digest. As always, your fellow network members are paying close attention to digital utility and mobile workforce trends and sharing their insights. This month’s selection includes information about the importance of location features in utility apps, electric power segment trends to watch for in 2022, and more. Be sure to like and comment on your favorite posts. Happy reading!


2022 Electric Trends

Mike Carter

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In this post, Mike Carter, Senior Engineer at Questline, Inc. describes major trends in sustainability, cybersecurity, and beneficial electrification for the electric power segment in 2022. In sustainability, he looks at oil and gas companies pivoting away from fossil fuels and investing in renewable energy, hydrogen production, and carbon capture. In cybersecurity, he notes that electric distribution systems are beefing up their cyber defenses. And, in beneficial electrification, he discusses electric transportation moving beyond passenger cars to planes, buses, and e-bikes.


How Does IT Power the Balancing Mechanism To Deliver Customer Value

Shirish Patil

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As the energy ecosystem has been rapidly changing — with increasing penetration of renewable energy, battery storage systems, decarbonization of heat and transport, and decentralization — balancing the grid has become more challenging. In this piece, Shirish Patil, Global Head Domain & Consulting at Wipro Technologies points out that, unless sufficient measures are taken now to manage these changes, grid stability could be jeopardized. He explains that grid operators are looking to smaller providers — that is, the primary owners and aggregators of DER and DSR assets — to source the balancing energy.


CIM and Digital Transformation: Highlights From the Past Quarter of Content

Bill Meehan

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Bill Meehan, Director, Utility Solutions at Esri frequently shares his knowledge about digital utility technology on Energy Central. Here he lists several of his best posts from the last quarter. They include a series of articles explaining the Common Information Model (CIM) in a simple way, a short video series about utility lessons learned, and a piece about digital transformation versus digital transition.  


Sharpening the Tools That Transform Utility Arborists’ Workflows

Pat Hohl

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For utility arborists, location is a critical factor in increasing efficiency, promoting safety, enabling customer care, and encouraging sustainability. In this article, Pat Hohl, Director – Electric Industry Solutions at Esri describes these benefits in detail. For example, with location information, utilities can move from blanket vegetation tactics to more targeted, just-in-time strategies. The importance of location translates into the value of apps that have the capacity to track, capture, and analyze it.


Thanks again for reading this edition of Digital Digest! The authors listed above are eager to hear your thoughts and questions, so don’t hesitate to engage them. And if you want your content to be featured in this spot in future issues, be sure to publish your posts within the Digital Utility or Mobile Workforce Community.


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