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The Energy Central Community Speaks Up: Topics You're Most Eager to Hear About

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Recently, the Energy Central Community Team conducted a poll where community members were invited to weigh on in two key areas:

  1. What topics do you think deserve more coverage as we move into 2022?
  2. What types of content are you most eager to engage with?

This poll was circulated for a bit over a week.  We were happy to see the high-level engagement it received, with a sizeable portion of the community weighing in, allowing us to get a true pulse of our readers/contributors. So for any community members, expert members, content partners - new or old - who may want to share their expertise and insights on a new topic but aren't sure what form or what subject would resonate most with our community, I invite you to consider the following tables that summarize what we learned:
 

Topics the Energy Central Community Requested the Most

Topic Theme
Climate & Clean Energy
General clean energy tech (including costs & incentives)- renewables, carbon reduction, etc. 
Assessing true impact level of climate change
Solar (PV, thermal, hybrid)
Challenges introduced by renewables (dispatch difficulties, harmonics, solar panel waste)
Nuclear power as a clean energy source
New technology innovations
Wind (offshore, floating)
Flexible power plants
Phasing out coal without negative impacts
Solar pricing, net metering
Baseload power plants
Geothermal
Carbon capture tech
 
Energy Storage
Energy storage generally
Long-duration energy storage
Renewable energy storage developments
Efficient use of storage facilities
Battery surrogates (e.g., hydrogen, pumped hydro)
 
Grid Modernization
The shift towards distributed grid
Distributed assets / VPPs
Reliability
Resilience
Grid tech, issues, and mitigation
Grids in the underdeveloped regions
Microgrids
Long-distance transmission
Undergrounding (incl. ComEd superconducting cable)
Direct current projects
 
Energy Policy
Regulatory policy changes (e.g., interconnection reform)
Policies that support clean energy
Electrification
Infrastructure Act
 
Alternative Fuels
Assessing green hydrogen vs. other colors of hydrogen vs. ammonia etc.
Hydrogen fuel generally
RNG and NG hybrid, 'clean' fossil fuels
Fuel cells
 
Utility Business Themes
Wholesale power prices/electricity markets (domestic & global)
Pre-crisis management
AI/ML/Industry 4.0
New generation projects brought online & association project management
Stakeholder engagement
Predictive maintenance
Sustainable land management
ESG
Cybersecurity
Physical security
Hear more directly from utilities
Crisis Communication
Dealing with the sector's 'new normal'
Cost-benefit analysis of renewables
 
Energy Efficiency
Energy efficiency
Demand-side management / load shedding
Commercial heat pump water heaters
 
Electric Transportation
Electric Transportation, effects on grid
Vehicle-to-Grid Charging

 

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